Argyle Eagles designated hitter Bo Hogeboom and his team had little trouble on Wednesday advancing to the state championship game on Thursday against the La Vernia Bears.
Hogeboom, a Cougars commit after next season, got his first at-bat with two outs in the second inning . . . He hit a ball toward second that took a while for a defender to field . . . Hogeboom was racing up the line and forced a bad throw to first, but the throw was not errant enough so that Hogeboom was able to advance to second . . . Hogeboom would score from first when the next batter tripled to right field and Argyle took a 2-0 leading into the third inning.
Hogeboom got another at-bat in the fourth and reached base on a shot to third that was too hot to handle and the third baseman booted the ball into foul territory . . . A courtesy runner took Hogeboom’s place at first base, the La Vernia pitcher balked on his next pitch attempt, and just like that Hogeboom’s runner was standing at second base . . . The runner would eventually score the first of thirteen Argyle runs in the fourth inning.
Hogeboom got another at-bat in the fourth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, on the first pitch he saw he hit a single to right field, going the opposite way . . . The single drove in two runs to give Argyle a 10-0 lead . . . Hogeboom crossed the plate again, for the second time in the inning, he was the twelfth run of the game . . . Argyle would score thirteen runs in the inning, tying a state record for runs in an inning, and they sent eighteen batters to the plate in the inning . . . The game ended after the fifth because of the ten-run rule when La Vernia did not score in the top of the fifth.
Argyle advances to the state 4A championship on Thursday at 6:30pm at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. –
Major League Baseball’s amateur draft got underway on Monday and will finish up late on Wednesday . . . Cougars third baseman Jared Triolo was drafted late in the evening on Monday with the 72nd overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, toward the end of the second of forty rounds.
There is debate about what position eventually fits Triolo best, some suggest shortstop is his destination, while others maintain he can be a third sacker at the next level . . . His arm and his fielding tell us it could be either position, but it may be his hitting that determines where he ends up.
The Pirates amateur scouting director, Joe DelliCarri, offered these thoughts on Triolo’s plate discipline, Jared is, “Comfortable deep in at-bats,” DelliCarri said. “Maybe a little upside, too, in his approach. He’s very comfortable going deeper. He sees the ball and looks to us to have processing. Just the overall look to Jared is hitter-ish in all counts, early and late, and there’s definitely some stuff we believe we can help him get to – upside in his approach a little bit more, then his impact as well. Even though he’s shown some things in samples and at times, there’s more there.” –
The Van Alstyne Panthers became the last team in the state of Texas to advance to the state baseball tournament in Round Rock next week by virtue of the fact their game started last on Saturday night, by which point every other slot in the state had been determined.
Houston Cougars commit Samuel Tormos has led the Panthers all year long and Saturday was no exception . . . Batting in the bottom of the first inning with one out, Tormos doubled to score a runner from second base, the RBI gave Van Alstyne an early 1-0 lead . . . In the third inning with a runner on third, Tormos put a ball in play on the infield and an error allowed Van Alstyne’s second run to score to make it 2-1 as Tormos reached first base.
Tormos was playing great, error-free shortstop . . . Things got dicey in the fifth for Van Alstyne, and after two walks put runners on first and second with one out, Tormos was called upon to take the mound, leaving his shortstop position . . . Tormos got two strikeouts to end the inning and preserve the Panthers 4-3 lead.
Tormos returned to shortstop in the sixth inning as a collection of pitchers took turns finishing off the Harmony Eagles . . . With the 6-5 victory, Van Alstyne advances to the Texas 3A state baseball playoffs in Round Rock next week. –
Sharyland High School and Sharyland Pioneer met in Edinburg at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley baseball field for their Texas 5A best-of-three playoff series this week . . . Thursday saw the stadium filled to capacity, some fans had to be turned away and ended up beyond the outfield fences looking in with cameras and binoculars just so they would have a view.
Cougars commit Evan Maldonado put his signature all over this series between local rivals for the chance to advance to the state tournament in Austin next week.
In game one of the series on Thursday night, Evan Maldonado, batting fifth in the order, hit a homerun over the left field fence to give Pioneer a 2-1 lead . . . For Maldonado it was only his second homerun all year . . . The Pioneer Diamondbacks would take a 7-3 lead into the seventh inning and would eventually hold on to win the game 7-6 and take a 1-0 series lead.
Friday night was a much different affair . . . Maldonado was on the mound for the Diamondbacks, and he was in the batting lineup . . . Both teams scored in the first, with a run scoring against Maldonado on a fly ball that was dropped by the center fielder allowing a runner from second to score on the error . . . That was the only run the Sharyland Rattlers would score on the night, and it was the last time the score was close.
Maldonado led off the third inning with a double down the third base line, and he would eventually score the fifth Diamondback run to give them a 5-1 advantage.
The Diamondbacks scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-1 lead, which meant the Rattlers of Sharyland needed to score a run to extend the game . . . Evan Maldonado was not having any of that as he shut the door on the Rattlers and their season, and helped Pioneer punch their ticket to Austin and the state baseball tournament next weekend . . . Maldonado pitched the complete five inning game allowing just the one run. –
Future Houston Cougars faced each other on Thursday night on a field that they will share soon enough when they’re wearing the scarlet and white . . . Houston’s Schroeder Park is playing host to the 6A baseball playoff series between Kingwood and Ridge Point this week.
Tre Richardson of Kingwood and Will Pendergrass of Ridge Point met with a fist-bump at home plate when Richardson led off the bottom of the first inning for Kingwood.
Tre Richardson had a rough night at the plate, aside from being hit by a pitch in the sixth, he had a great plate appearance in the second when he hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that carried to the warning track in right field . . . The drive was deep enough that all three runners tagged and advanced . . . In the field, Richardson was as smooth as ever, making several great fielding plays to get runners at first.
Will Pendergrass hit a two-out triple to right-center in the third inning to plate a runner from second and tie the game at one . . . Until the fifth inning, the Pendergrass RBI was the only Ridge Point run on the board.
The game went to extra innings and Ridge Point would get a run across the plate and then hold Kingwood scoreless in the bottom of the eighth to end the game and secure a 6-5 victory and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
The two teams return to action Friday night at 7pm at the University of Houston, Ridge Point can advance to Austin next week with a win, Kingwood can force a third and deciding game on Saturday. –
BOX SCORE . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 – R H E Ridge Point 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 6 10 0
The Van Alstyne Panthers got one game closer to advancing to the 3A state baseball playoffs in Austin next week with a 2-1 victory over Harmony in Tyler.
Samuel Tormos, a Cougars commit, took the mound for the Panthers on Thursday night . . . In all, Tormos pitched four innings allowing just one run in the third inning and he struck out six . . . A great key to his success was his getting eleven first-pitch strikes.
At the plate, Tormos had a hit (a triple to the wall in left-center) and an RBI in the fourth inning, the only inning the Panthers scored any runs in the game . . . Tormos’ hit was one of only three hits the Panthers would get on Thursday.
With the win, Van Alstyne takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series which resumes Friday at 7pm in Prosper. –
BOX SCORE . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 – R H E Van Alstyne 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 0
Bo Hogeboom, a junior on the Argyle Eagles baseball team, and a Cougars commit, is headed to the Texas 4A state baseball tournament next week in Austin . . . The Eagles not only won the game, but starting pitcher Chad Ricker no-hit Iowa Park in the one-game playoff to advance to the next round.
For his part, Hogeboom, who batted ninth as the designated hitter, was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt in the second inning and a single to center in the fourth . . . As a team, the Eagles improve to 38-1-1 on the season with the 2-0 victory and the more baseball the Eagles play, the more experience the future Cougar gains along the way. –
BOX SCORE Box Scor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 – R H E Argyle 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 – 2 8 1 Iowa Park 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 0 0