By BRIAN SMITH
SPRINGTOWN — Graham jumped out to a 3-0 first-inning lead Friday night and never let off the gas in knocking the host Porcupines out of the Class 3A baseball playoffs courtesy of a 13-3, seven-inning win in game 2 of the Region I, bi-district series.
The visiting Steers (15-12) had put the Porcupines (14-14-1) on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 home field win in Thursday’s series opener.
To its credit, Springtown held its own early, getting one of the three runs back in the bottom of the first. Collin Rector was safe on an error and advanced to second before moving to third on Ryan Hester’s sacrifice. With two gone, Chance Nelson stroked a single to score Rector. Nelson moved to second on a wild pitch but was stranded.
Graham then broke things open with a four-run fourth to take a 7-1 lead. The Porcupines plated a pair of runs in the fifth, getting things started with singles by Ryan Neal and pinch hitter Tyler Hickman. A passed ball moved the pair up before a one out wild pitch and a Rector groundout plated the pair.
Jake Jordan took the loss for Springtown, throwing 3 2/3 innings before being relieved by Rector.