ARGYLE — Through the first three innings of Tuesday night’s district contest, Argyle seemed unsettled on its home field against Celina.
Starting pitcher Parker Mushinski struggled to throw strikes early on, and Argyle’s offense was also lacking a spark until Brandon Boyzuick stepped up to the plate in the third inning with the bases loaded and two outs.
The Argyle senior second baseman squeezed a single through the middle of the infield and that hit sparked the Eagles to an 11-4 victory over Celina at home. Argyle remains undefeated in 10-3A play.
Argyle head coach Ricky Griffin said Boyzuick’s two-out, two-run single sparked the offense.
“That woke us up and said, ‘Hey, OK, here we go,”’ Griffin said.
Argyle scored three runs in the third when it looked like the Eagles were going to come up empty after they loaded the bases. Boyzuick stepped up to the plate after two pop-outs, and the fifth hitter in Argyle’s lineup came through with a hit that put Argyle ahead 2-1.
The Eagles (18-7, 4-0) pulled away late in the contest as the offense pounded out 13 hits against the Bobcats (13-10, 3-1). Argyle did most of its damage against Celina’s bullpen after the Eagles chased senior Tanner Davis (3-2) from the mound after 2 2/3 innings.
Argyle junior Hunter Markwardt went 3-for-5 and scored four runs, while Boyzuick went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Brandon’s sophomore brother, Tanner, went 3-for-5.
After Mushinski (4-2) started the game with a strikeout, the lefty walked the next four batters to put the Bobcats ahead 1-0. With a reliever warming up behind Argyle’s first-base dugout, Mushinski picked up back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the first inning.
Mushinski threw 86 pitches in three innings and only allowed one hit and picked up eight strikeouts. However, he also allowed six walks.
“I went out there and he was too pumped up,” Griffin said of his starting pitcher. “You can’t pitch when you’re all pumped up like that. He throws the ball hard, and when you throw the ball and you’re all ramped up, it’s going to be hard to be in the strike zone. He’s gotta learn to get all of that out of him in the bullpen.”
Trey Roach, Rixey Boyd and Markwardt finished the contest for the Eagles and allowed three combined runs over the final four innings, after the offense had done its damage.
Celina didn’t help its own cause. After three spotless games and three district victories, the Bobcats committed seven errors on the night. Those mistakes, along with Argyle’s offense and bullpen, left the Eagles in sole possession of the district lead after the first round of league games. Celina head coach James Evans couldn’t figure out why his team made so many uncharacteristic mistakes.
“If I knew that answer, we’d be all right,” Evans said. “They did a good job of putting pressure on us. We just gotta make those plays. If we do that, it’d be a tighter game.”
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Argyle 11, Celina 4
WP — Parker Mushinski (4-2). LP — Tanner Davis (3-2). 2B — C: Cooper Harris, Austin Suges, Camden Grant. Records — Celina (13-10, 3-1), Argyle (18-7, 4-0).