The spectacular has become routine for the Argyle High baseball team.
The Eagles’ thumped Sweeny 6-3 Thursday night to earn their second straight Class 4A state title at UFSC Disch-Falk Field. Over the three game tournament, Argyle blitzed opponents by a combined score of 24-3 to run their winning streak to 28 games and improve to 77-1-1 over their last 79 games.
“If I had to pick a word to define this team it would be maturity,” Eagles coach Ricky Griffin told Texas Scorecard of a squad that features at least seven Division 1 players, who closed their high school careers with a combined record of 130-10-2. “A huge part of what we’ve been able to experience is because no situation got too big for them. All week long, we never stressed about anything. We just reminded them they’d been here before.”
And it showed.
In the title game, senior right-hander Sean Bolin, who has signed with the University of Utah, scattered just six hits and three runs over nearly six-innings to keep Sweeny at bay. Reliever Dillon Carter came on to record the last five outs, on the way to be named game MVP. Afterwards, Carter, who also had a hit and scored a run, talked about how he had been waiting fall season for the moment he thrived in.
The same could probably be said of Griffin, though the coach admitted he still needed time to process everything he and his history-making team, ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 poll, had just accomplished.
“This feels awesome, but it’s all still surreal,” he said. “The guys have worked and they’ve done everything we’ve asked of them and sat out to do. They deserve this moment.”