Argyle powers past Paris N. Lamar, 15-3, in 3A Region II finals opener

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A home run over the right field wall and a homer over the left field wall helped put Argyle one game away from the Class 3A state baseball tournament.

Argyle junior Cutter McDonald and senior Parker Mushinski each hit three-run home runs in the second inning in Argyle’s 15-3 victory in Game 1 of the Class 3A Region II final. The game ended in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

With a win in Friday’s Game 2 in the best-of-3 series, Argyle will secure its first state tournament appearance in school history. North Lamar is looking for its first state tournament berth since 1987. Game 2 is scheduled for 8 p.m. at North Lamar.

Coming into Argyle’s third regional final appearance in program history, the Eagles were without a home run in nine previous playoff games. But the two blasts by McDonald and Mushinski over the outfield wall at McKinney Boyd sparked 12 straight Argyle runs.

“[The difference between] a home run and a line drive is a fraction of an inch,” Mushinski said. “No one’s trying to hit one. It just happens. Me and Cutter I guess both came up there with the idea of hitting a line drive. We missed it. We missed it good.”

McDonald went 2-for-3 with the home run, a triple, a sacrifice fly and six RBIs. Mushinski went 1-for-1 with two walks, including an intentional walk in the fourth inning.

Argyle still has senior left-handed pitcher Drew Gooch at its disposal. Gooch, a TCU signee, is 8-0 with a 0.74 ERA.

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