AZLE — The Brownwood Lions' first postseason appearance since 2013 ended in the bi-district round of the playoffs as the Graham Steers completed a first round sweep with a 10-3 victory Saturday afternoon.
Brownwood (13-12), the No. 2 seed from District 5-4A, dropped Friday's series opener to District 6-4A tri-champion Graham (19-11) by a 7-3 count.
In Saturday's outing, the Lions were limited to one hit — the first home run of the season by Cain Kittrell in the top of third inning — until striking for their final two runs on three hits in the seventh.
Graham, meanwhile, recorded four runs in the second inning, three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth inning.
Hayden Donahoo was tagged with the loss on the mound for the Lions, surrendering four runs on four hits with two walks in 1.1 innings. Caleb Hernandez pitched 1.2 innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Grant Fanara tossed the final three innings, yielding three runs on four hits with four walks and one strikeout.
Tucker Horn tossed six innings to collect the win for Graham, allowing one run on one hit with six strikeouts and two walks. Jacob Jones worked the seventh inning, yielding two runs on three hits with a pair of walks.
In Graham's four-run second inning, a bases-loaded walk by Adam Groves plated the first run, Kody Perry singled home the second and third runs and Evan Schraub's RBI fielder's choice brought home the fourth.
Following Kittrell's solo home run in the third, Graham answered with three more runs in the bottom of the frame.
Perry's bases-loaded walk resulted in his third RBI in as many innings, while Jaxon Brockway's two-RBI single plated Ian Villa, who singled, and Groves, who walked.
Graham extended its lead to 9-1 in the fourth inning as Horn singled home Chance Hornsey, who reached on a leadoff walk, and Villa's RBI sacrifice fly plated Nathan King, who also walked.
The final run for the Steers came in the fifth inning as Hornsey reached on an error that plated Perry, who walked.
Down 10-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh, Harley Price singled, Colby Coppic walked and Blaine Hughes singled to load the bases. Kittrell followed with a two-RBI single to close the gap to 10-3. Grayson Swanzy then drew a walk before the Lions' rally ended.