Jesse Houser added to his growing postseason legend Saturday, tossing a three-hit shutout against one of the best hitting teams in the state, leading the Kamiakin Braves to a 2-0 win over the Kennewick Lions in the 3A baseball state quarterfinals Saturday evening at Yakima County Stadium.
Houser labored throughouth -- his only 1-2-3 innings came in the sixth and seventh -- but worked around four walks by striking out four and giving up just two singles and a leadoff double that didn't come back to haunt him.
Junior catcher Ty Earley scored the game's only run through six innings with some heads-up baserunning in the first. With Earley on third and one out, Houser swung at strike three in the dirt and took off for first, making Kennewick catcher Garrett Wilz make a throw.
When Wilz fired to first, Earley didn't hesitate and broke for home, scoring easily.
That one run stood until Earley added an RBI single in the seventh. But Houser didn't need the insurance -- just a 5-4-3 double play that killed Kennewick's hope of a rally.
The Braves advance to the 3A semifinals next weekend at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.