JUSTIN — The tone in Argyle head coach Ricky Griffin’s voice on Friday night was much calmer than it was the night before.
A night after the Eagles squeezed out a win against Bridgeport in their Class 3A Region II bi-district series, Argyle didn’t need all seven innings to secure its spot in the next round of the playoffs.
The Eagles pounded out 12 hits and capitalized on six Bridgeport errors to pick up an 11-1 win at Justin Northwest in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. Argyle’s win eliminates Bridgeport from the postseason and sets the Eagles up to face Princeton or Dallas Roosevelt next week.
On Thursday night, Griffin said his team played its worst game of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Bulls. Twenty-four hours later, Griffin was pleased with his team’s approach from the moment they got to the ballpark. He said his team respected its opponent and played the way to which he’s accustomed.
“We expect them to do that every time they get on the field,” Griffin said. “They had a hiccup and that’s going to happen when you’re dealing with teenage boys.”
Argyle’s second, third, fourth and fifth batters in the lineup — Tanner Boyzuick, Parker Mushinski, Ryley Balch and Brandon Boyzuick — each had two hits for the Eagles (24-7-1). Brandon Boyzuick had three RBIs in the contest to help the Eagles post a vastly improved performance in Game 2.
Still, Griffin knows his team will need to sharpen its execution at the plate if it wants to be playing for a few more weeks.
“You like that you still have the middle of the order that can still produce some runs,” Griffin said. “We played good baseball tonight, but we still didn’t execute at times like I want us to execute.”
At the plate and on the mound, the No. 4 team in 3A, according to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, didn’t give Bridgeport a chance of extending the series another game.
Argyle starting pitcher Drew Gooch (5-0) only threw fastballs and changeups on Friday night to keep his arm rested. The senior returned to the rotation in Argyle’s second District 10-3A game against Frisco Lone Star after battling tendinitis in his shoulder.
The only hit the TCU signee allowed was on a ball that fell in shallow left-center field because of a mixup between Argyle center fielder Cutter McDonald and left fielder Tyler Gibson. Gooch pitched four innings before Quinton Rockwell picked up the final three outs of the contest.
Gooch said it was important to bounce back from Thursday’s lackluster victory against the Bulls (8-22).
“[Thursday] really was not a good game for us,” Gooch said. “No offense to Bridgeport or anything, but we did not play well. We didn’t come out like we should have came out. Tonight we wanted to show that we’re here to stay and we want to go as far as we can.”
Argyle 11, Bridgeport 1 (5)
WP — Drew Gooch (5-0). LP — Alex Samples. 3B — A: Cutter McDonald. B: Dalton Hudson. Records — Argyle 24-7-1, Bridgeport 8-22.