Baseball: Argyle looking for rare state double in Class 3A

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Argyle’s Spencer Cullen slides home after a wild pitch during Thursday night’s playoff game against Paris North Lamar North. The Eagles will look for another state title this week to add to the one they won in football in the fall.

The Argyle Eagles learned on Sunday what the path to the school’s first baseball state title will look like.

In their first trip to the state baseball tournament, the Eagles will face Sinton at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 3A semifinals. The other 3A semifinal between College Station and Lubbock Cooper is scheduled for 4 p.m. All three of those contests will be at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

With two wins, not only would Argyle (31-9-1) become the state champion — the school would also join elite company as only the third in state history to win a 3A football state championship and a 3A baseball state championship in the same school year.

Todd Rogers, Argyle’s head football coach and athletic director, said it’d be great to win state titles in different sports in the same year, something the Eagles have almost done the last couple of years.

“We’ve kind of been teetering with this the last couple of years,” Rodgers said. “For us to be able to achieve that, that’d be a huge accomplishment.”

The Eagles lost in the 2011 Class 3A Division II state championship game in football and won the 3A boys basketball state title a few months later.

Argyle’s excellence in athletics and other University Interscholastic League activities have been spotlighted over the last couple years. Argyle has won the Class 3A Lone Star Cup two years in a row and leads the standings this year. The girls basketball and boys golf teams also made it to the state tournament.

The trophy and $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one school per UIL classification based on team performance in district and state championships.

Carthage (2008-09) and La Grange (2000-01) are the only other schools to win football and baseball state titles in the same school year.

Argyle picked up the first half of the equation this fall, when the Eagles won the 3A Division II state title in football.

Argyle baseball head coach Ricky Griffin was the defensive backs coach for the football team. Griffin’s starting third baseman, senior Brandon Boyzuick, was also the starting quarterback for the Eagles.

Griffin said the crossover between the two sports is minimal, and even though he doesn’t plan on talking to his team about winning Argyle’s second state title in a boys team sport, it certainly hasn’t stopped others.

“I probably won’t talk a lot about it to them, but everybody that sees me asks me about getting another ring,” Griffin said.

The Eagles were seeded second by the UIL prior to the draw for the state tournament. College Station was seeded first, and a coin flip determined the opponent Argyle and College Station would each face in the semifinals.

Griffin made sure to note that his team has to face a quality Sinton (25-9-2) team before it can entertain thoughts of winning another state championship this school year.

“It’s the state tournament, but we still have to win two games,” Griffin said.

“We’re not looking past the first game, and we’re really not talking a lot about the state championship but about the winning the state semifinal first.”

BEN BABY can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @Ben_Baby.


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