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.
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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.