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Baseball: Argyle cruises past Bonham behind potent lineup

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

McKINNEY -- Argyle has faced a do-or-die situation every time it has stepped on the field through the first three rounds of the Class 4A playoffs.   

The situation hasn't bothered the Eagles a bit.

Argyle has quickly jumped out to a lead in each of its three one-game playoff encounters and coasted to the finish.

The familiar script played out again Thursday night, when the Eagles blew out Bonham 12-0 in a 4A Region II quarterfinal game at McKinney Boyd that lasted just six innings.

Argyle (25-1-1) put together an 11-hit onslaught while coasting into the regional semifinals. The Eagles, who are ranked second in 4A, will face Texarkana Pleasant Grove or Canton at a time and site that have yet to be determined.

Argyle has scored at least six runs in all three of its playoff games and has scored 35 runs overall.

"We've been consistent," Argyle outfielder Watson Timmons said. "We have stayed level-headed. We are all going to strike out or have a bad at-bat at some point, but we've been able to move on and execute in our next opportunity."

Bonham (20-11-1) never stood a chance against the Eagles and their potent lineup.

Dillon Carter set the tone for Argyle in the first inning when he singled to center and came around to score.

The Eagles kept pouring it on the rest of the way. Pitcher Connor Mushinski stroked an RBI single to left to highlight a four-run third.

Mushinski finished 3-for-4, drove in four runs and picked up the win. He struck out seven in five shutout innings.

Eight of the nine players in Argyle's starting lineup reached base.

The Eagles finished off Bonham with a six-run sixth. Austin King came up with the bases loaded and delivered a double that cleared them. There was little doubt at that point that the Eagles would survive a third straight one-game series.

The Eagles' performance was particularly encouraging to coach Ricky Griffin. He wanted to see how his team would handle Trevor Hartwell, Bonham's soft-tossing, left-handed pitcher.

The Eagles didn't have any problems with Hartwell.

"It was good work for us," Griffin said. "We are going to have to beat a good lefty to get to where we want to go. We swung the bats well and were aggressive on the bases, which is something I think you have to do in the playoffs."

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Argyle 12, Bonham 0 (6)

Argyle 104 106 -- 12 11 0
Bonham 000 000 -- 0 3 0

WP - Connor Mushinski. LP - Trevor Hartwell. 2B - Bonham: Austin Simmerman, Argyle: Austin King, Ben Pound.