Tension was high at the beginning of the Argyle, Sinton matchup. That is, until pitcher Drew Gooch tossed two strikeouts followed by a little in-fielding practice by shortstop Tanner Boyzuick and first baseman Parker Mushinski.
“After the first inning my arm felt great, and it felt like a lot of tension was released when we started scoring runs in the bottom of the first inning,” said senior Drew Gooch.
The Eagles were able to keep their rhythm going, scoring runs in the first, fourth, and fifth all while keeping Sinton at zero. In fact, it wasn’t until the sixth inning that Sinton manage to get a hit.
“I think it was crucial to keep the runners off the bases, because it kept the fielders relaxed knowing that the game wasn’t going to be determined by one error,” Argyle senior Matt Ralph said.
In the end, it was Argyle 5, Sinton 1 in the state baseball semifinals.
Gooch gave up one run and one hit in the game. Cutter McDonald went 3 for 3, scoring twice and stealing two bases. Hunter Markwardt had a triple and went 2 for 4. Tanner Boyzuick went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Although the Eagles are assured nothing less than second place right now, it seems to be the general consensus that their job isn’t finished yet.
“As a team we set a goal at the beginning of the year was to win the state championship,” senior Brandon Boyzuick said. It feels good to be heading into the championship game, but our work in Austin is not done yet.”
Luckily for these Eagles, they only need to wait until Thursday to get a chance to fulfill that goal.
Argyle enters the 3A state championship game 32-9 and will face either College Station or Lubbock Cooper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Disch Falk Field in Austin.