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During historic run, Argyle baseball isn't content just making it to state tournament
ARGYLE — Argyle coach Ricky Griffin still remembers when a news helicopter descended on Frisco’s field on the eve of the Class 2A state baseball tournament.
Griffin got a rare text from his former coach, Scott Cook, to remind him of that day in 1984, a prelude to the event coaches and players dream of all season.
Throughout the week, Griffin has fielded questions about what the state tournament will be like. The Eagles do not have to wait any longer to have those questions answered firsthand.
Argyle faces Sinton at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 3A state semifinals at Austin’s UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“We made the goal a long time ago that this program eventually needed to get to Austin,” Griffin said. “Now that we’re there, you don’t want them to think ‘Yeah! We’re the first team that did it.’
“I have the feeling that they plan on going up there to win two games. Now, I’m not saying the other teams don’t think that too, but you want your team to think that.”
Argyle (31-9-1) will try to make the most of the first state trip for a Region II team outside of Texarkana since 2005.
Argyle hasn’t missed the playoffs since Griffin took over in 2008, but twice the Eagles were knocked out by Texarkana Pleasant Grove in the regional final. This time, Argyle dispatched Pleasant Grove in the regional semifinals and then swept Paris North Lamar to reach the state tournament.
On Wednesday, Argyle will start senior left-hander Drew Gooch, a TCU signee who is 9-0 with a 0.66 ERA. In the postseason, Gooch is 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 30 innings.
“When he’s on the mound, there’s just a relaxed feeling that I get. I think the kids behind him feel that, too,” Griffin said.
Argyle is expected to face Sinton senior Trey Burk, who is 9-1 with a 0.48 ERA, and is headed to Coastal Bend College. Burk took a shutout into the seventh inning of Sinton’s Game 1 loss to Hidalgo in the Region IV final.
Argyle left fielder Tyler Gibson will be one of eight seniors missing their high school graduation. But with two more wins, the seniors can make the best baseball season in Argyle history even better.
“It’s really heart-racing,” Gibson said. “It’s really special, especially for being the first ones from Argyle.”
Argyle is trying to become the third 3A school in state history to win football and baseball state championships in the same school year. Carthage (2008-09) and La Grange (2000-01) are the only schools to accomplish that so far.
Griffin was the defensive backs coach for the football team. Griffin’s starting third baseman, senior Brandon Boyzuick, was the starting quarterback for the Eagles.