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TCU signee Drew Gooch fires one-hitter to push Argyle into 3A state finals
AUSTIN — The Argyle baseball team has seen Drew Gooch dominate many times.
Gooch has been turning in stellar playoff performances for the Eagles since he was a freshman. But this time, Argyle got to see Gooch at his best on the state’s biggest stage.
The TCU signee pitched a one-hitter in Argyle’s 5-1 victory over Sinton in a Class 3A state semifinal at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Argyle will face College Station in the state championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Disch-Falk.
“We’ve had some huge games where he’s pitched well, but this is the biggest for him at Argyle,” Argyle coach Ricky Griffin said.
Using mostly off-speed pitches, the left-handed Gooch struck out six and walked one. Sinton’s only hit came in the sixth inning, when senior second baseman Hayden Sager roped a single up the middle.
Argyle (32-9-1) surrendered an unearned run in that inning following a two-base error. But that just cut Argyle’s lead to 4-1.
Coming into the game, Gooch was 9-0 with a 0.66 ERA.
“I’m probably not giving the guy on the hill [enough] credit,” Sinton coach Gene Kasprzyk said. “He threw a one-hitter, and you’re not going to win too many games when you get one hit. He was good enough to beat a lot of [other] people.”
Argyle’s aggressiveness on the bases allowed Gooch to pitch with a lead for almost the entire contest.
In the bottom of the first, Argyle junior Hunter Markwardt reached on a bunt single, stole the next two bases and scored on a wild pitch by Sinton senior Trey Burk (9-2). Burk allowed eight hits and four runs (two earned) in 41/3 innings.
Argyle’s nine stolen bases kept the pressure on the Pirates, and the Eagles got Gooch all the run support he needed on a hot and humid afternoon in Austin.
“You know you’re going to get zero or one runs every time he [Gooch] comes up,” Markwardt said. “We know we just have to put up a couple of runs.”
Argyle tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning and one each in the fifth inning and sixth. Markwardt went 2 for 4 with a triple, and sophomore shortstop Tanner Boyzuick was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Argyle junior Cutter McDonald went 3 for 3 with two runs and three stolen bases. Coming into Wednesday’s game, McDonald was batting .483 in the postseason.
College Station 9, Lubbock Cooper 8
Matthew Bennett hit a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the eighth as College Station won a 3A state semifinal.
A two-out, two-run single by Stanton Keane capped a three-run top of the seventh and gave Lubbock Cooper (20-19) an 8-7 lead. But College Station (34-6-1) got an RBI single from Israel Martinez in the bottom of the seventh to tie it.
Baylor Rowlett was 3 for 3 with an RBI for College Station, and Ryan Johnson was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.