1A baseball: Huddleston pitches Woodland into state title game

Beavers will face Naches Valley for championship

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YAKIMA — With Trevor Huddleston on the mound, the Woodland baseball team didn’t need much help on Friday.

Still, Kiona Benton aided the Beavers with four errors, helping send the Beavers to a 4-0 win in the Class 1A state semifinal.

Woodland will play Naches Valley at 7 p.m. Friday in search for the school’s first baseball state championship.

Less than a week after pitching Woodland into the semifinals with a shutout in the Beavers’ quarterfinal win, Huddleston was on his game Friday.

Huddleston gave up three singles and did not walk a batter in another complete-game win. He struck out seven.

The Beavers got Huddleston all the runs he would need in the third inning, as Woodland scored twice without the benefit of hit.

Joe Rogers opened the inning by being hit by a pitch, then Aaron Shoup reached on an error. After Huddleston loaded the bases by being hit by a pitch, Austin Holcomb delivered a sacrifice fly with one out to score Rogers.

Shoup scored the second run of the inning on another Kiona-Benton error.

The Beavers added two more runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Huddleston and an RBI single by Holcomb.

From there, it was all Huddleston, who retired 18 of the last 19 batters he faced.