The Argyle Eagles claimed the 2019 4A Texas state championship at Disch-Falk Field Thursday night with a 6-3 win over the Sweeny Bulldogs.
Cougars commit Bo Hogeboom continued to bat as the designated hitter for the Eagles . . . Argyle scored a run in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead . . . They would not get on board again until the fourth, when, still leading 1-0 they put together an inning in which they plated three runs.
Hogeboom helped lead the fourth inning attack when he hit a one-out single to left-center to score a runner from second and put the Eagles up 3-0 at that point . . . When Hogeboom reached base, a courtesy runner took Hogeboom’s place at first base, and the runner would score a few batters later on a single to put Argyle up 4-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth.
Hogeboom walked in the fifth with two outs and runners on second and third . . . The next batter would be hit by a pitch which walked in another run to make the score 5-0 . . . Sweeny closed the gap in the fifth when they scored three runs to cut the lead to 5-3.
Hogeboom completed his night at the plate with a two-out walk in the seventh inning, his second walk in as many plate appearances . . . Hogeboom started the at-bat with a runner on second, but two wild pitches scored the runner and left no one on for Hogeboom . . . Given the situation, it was a disciplined plate appearance for Hogeboom and his patience at not chasing out of the strike zone was rewarded with a free base after Argyle took a 6-3 lead.
Argyle ends their season with a 40-1-1 record . . . The Cougars commit comes from a program that does not know losing. –
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. –
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