Mikey Freeze makes a tag at second base for the final out of the top of the third. The Steers took down Springtown in game-one of a best-of-three series.
Mikey Freeze makes a tag at second base for the final out of the top of the third. The Steers took down Springtown in game-one of a best-of-three series. (Monica Buchanan)

In perhaps one of the fastest baseball games ever played at Graham Steers field, the varsity baseball team took on the first of a possible three-game series on Thursday night against Springtown.  

With both teams so evenly matched, this one shaped up to be a close, low scoring game that ended up being a chess match, with both pitchers and accompanying defenses not giving up many opportunities to score.  

“Both pitchers competed really well and the defenses played their tails off and it was just a good clean ball game all around,” head coach Allen McGee said. “The key to this game was getting off to a quick start and capitalizing on the opportunities that are presented to you and not pass them by, which is what the Graham Steers did to scratch out a 2-1 win.”

After quick work from both Bryce Reeves and the Porcupines’ Collin Rector, the first inning was over after only nine pitches. The Steers got on the board first after Pete Marrufo punched a two-RBI single to left field.  Marrufo has so far batted .450 for the year, it should come as no surprise that he’s got the ability to get things going for the Steers. 

The play of the game unfolded in the top of the fifth, when Springtown was threatening with a runner at second and Ryan Hester at the plate.  After a few swings for strikes, Hester laid down a bunt right in front of home plate. As senior Hunter Hughes went to grab it, he slipped and went down to one knee, but was able to rifle a shot to third and get the runner out, preserving the 2-0 lead for the Steers.  

Read the entire story in Saturday's Graham Leader.