Welcome to today’s live blog of the Class 3A baseball state semifinal between Argyle and Sinton. I’ll be keeping you updated from UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.
We’re still 30 minutes away from first pitch, but here are the lineups for today’s ballgame.
Sinton: C Tracker Conn, RF C.J. Zepeda, SS Donivan Lopez, 1B Dalton Castillo, 3B Jordan Martinez, CF Isaac Martinez, LF Nick Zepeda, 2B Hayden Sager, DH Mark Villarreal.
Argyle: RF Hunter Markwardt, SS Tanner Boyzuick, 1B Parker Mushinski, C Ryley Balch, 3B Brandon Boyzuick, CF Cutter McDonald, DH Mat Ralph, P Drew Gooch, LF Tyler Gibson, 2B Seth Green.
Burk started Game 1 for the Pirates in the Region IV finals and took a scoreless outing into the seventh inning and picked up a no-decision. The Coastal Bend College-bound pitcher is 9-1 on the season with a 0.48 ERA.
Gooch hasn’t surrendered an earned run since the regional quarterfinals against Sanger. He pitched six scoreless innings in Argyle’s Game 2 win over Paris North Lamar in the Region II finals.
I’ll judiciously post updates on here in case you weren’t able to make the trip down to Austin. Right now there are more folks in Sinton maroon than Argyle red.
Disch-Falk is the home of the Texas Longhorns and the only dirt on the entire field is on the pitching mound. The dimensions are 340 feet down the left field line, 375 to left center, 405 to center left center, 400 to dead center, 405 to center right center, 375 to right center, and 325 down the right field line.
Top 1: Argyle 0, Sinton 0
Sinton catcher Tracker Conn strikes out on an off-speed pitch. 1 out.
Sinton RF CJ Zepeda strikes out looking. 2 outs.
Sinton SS Donivan Lopez grounds out to shortstop. 3 outs.
Analysis: Gooch only needed 14 pitches to get through the first inning. He’s going a good job of mixing up pitches. He struck out Conn on an offspeed pitch and got Zepeda out looking at a fastball on the corner. If Gooch is getting strike calls on the corners, it could be a long afternoon for Sinton.
Bottom 1: Argyle 0, Sinton 0
Argyle RF Hunter Markwardt reaches first base on a bunt single… SS Tanner Boyzuick strikes out swinging. Markwardt reaches second on a wild pitch. 1 out… Argyle takes a 1-0 lead off two stolen bases by Hunter Markwardt and a wild pitch. 1B Hunter Mushinski walks… Cutter McDonald grounds out to third base. 2 outs. Mushinski goes to second… Brandon Boyzuick strikes out looking. Three outs.
Analysis: Argyle head coach Ricky Griffin just got his perfect inning. A successful bunt by Markwardt, a couple of stolen bases and a wild pitch by Burk allows Argyle to plate the game’s first run.
Top 2: Argyle 1, Sinton 0
Dalton Castillo grounds out to third base. 1 out… Jordan Martinez lines out to second base. 2 outs. Jacob Perez strikes out looking on a fastball. 3 outs.
Bottom 2: Argyle 1, Sinton 0
Cutter McDonald reaches first on an infield single. McDonald steals second base… Mat Ralph reaches first on a bunt single. McDonald goes to third… McDonald tagged out on a rundown, 2-5-2. Ralph goes to second base. 1 out…. Drew Gooch strikes out looking. 2 outs…Tyler Gibson grounds out to second base. 3 outs.
Analysis: That second inning could be huge. Argyle had runners on first base and third base with no outs and Gooch at the plate. Gooch missed on a bunt attempt and McDonald, who was on third, got caught too far down the line. He was tagged out, and Burk was able to strike out Gooch and get a groundout.
Top 3: Argyle 1, Sinton 0
Nick Zepeda lines out to right field. 1 out… Hayden Sager reaches first on a walk… Mark Villarreal flies out to center field. 2 out… Zepeda called out because of catcher’s interference. 3 outs.
Analysis: Argyle gets out of the inning because of the catcher’s interference. Zepeda was trying to steal second and Ryley Balch’s throw was ruled to be interfered with. It would have been a 3-2 count to Tracker Conn.
Bottom 3: Argyle 1, Sinton 0
Hunter Markwardt flies out to left field. 1 out… Tanner Boyzuick reaches first base on a single to left field. Boyzuick steals second base without a throw… Parker Mushinski strikes out swinging. 2 outs… Ryley Balch grounds out to shortstop. 3 outs.
Analysis: Pretty simple inning there. Burk has four strikeouts through three innings and he’s doing a good job of keeping Argyle off-balance.
Top 4: Argyle 1, Sinton 0
C.J. Zepeda strikes out swinging. 1 out… Donivan Lopez grounds out to second base. 2 outs… Dalton Castillo grounds out to shortstop 3 outs.
Analysis: Gooch with a pretty Gooch-line inning there. He fooled Zepeda with a fastball for his fourth strikeout of the game. He got two quick groundouts and only needed eight pitches to get through the fourth. Sinton is still without a hit.
Bottom 4: Argyle 1, Sinton 0
Brandon Boyzuick reaches first on a single up the middle… Cutter McDonald reaches first on a single. Boyzuick goes to second… Argyle takes a 2-0 lead. Boyzuick scores from second on a stolen base, throwing error. McDonald goes to second. Trey Roach, pinch-hitting for Mat Ralph, reaches first on a walk. McDonald goes to third base on a stolen base. Argyle takes 3-0 lead on a double steal, error. Roach goes to third base… Drew Gooch hits into an unassisted double play. Sinton third baseman Jordan Martinez makes a diving catch on Gooch’s attempted bunt, steps on third for double play. 2 outs… Tyler Gibson grounds out to third base. 3 outs.
Analysis: Argyle gets two more runs, both of which are unearned, and that should be enough for Gooch. Gooch could have given himself another insurance run, but he popped up an attempted bunt and it turned into an unassisted double play by Sinton third baseman Jordan Martinez.
Top 5: Argyle 3, Sinton 0
Jordan Martinez flies out to center field. 1 out… Jacob Perez pops-up to shortstop. 2 outs… Nick Zepeda fouls out to right field. 3 outs.
Analysis: Gooch still hasn’t surrendered a hit and he only needed 11 pitches to get through the middle of Sinton’s order.
Bottom 5: Argyle 3, Sinton 0
Hunter Markwardt reaches third base on a triple to left center field… Tanner Boyzuick reaches first on a bloop single. Argyle 4, Sinton 0… Parker Mushinski strikes out. 1 out.
PITCHING CHANGE: Donivan Lopez relieves Trey Burk. Sinton head coach Gene Kasprzyk looked at Burk’s hand for a while before bringing the Texas Tech-bound Lopez onto the mound.
Ryley Balch grounds out to second base. 2 outs… Cutter McDonald grounds out to shortstop. 3 outs.
Analysis: People are working on their game stories now. Gooch is six outs away from a no-hitter, and we’re all ready for a mid-afternoon snack.
Top 6: Argyle 4, Sinton 0
Hayden Sager reaches first on a single to left center field, breaking up Gooch’s no-hitter… Mark Villarreal fouls out to right field. 1 out… Tucker Conn reaches second base on an error. Sager goes to third base… C.J. Zepeda grounds out. Sager scores. Conn thrown out at home plate after a rundown. So yes, Sinton scores but ends the inning on a double play. Argyle 4, Sinton 1.
Bottom 6: Argyle 4, Sinton 1
Cutter McDonald reaches first on a single. He’s 3-for-3 on the day… Mat Ralph grounds out to third base. McDonald takes third base on the throw. Nobody was covering the bag. 1 out… Drew Gooch singles to centerfield, McDonald scores. Argyle 5, Sinton 1. Tyler Gibson strikes out looking. 2 outs… Hunter Markwardt grounds out to shortstop. 3 outs.
Top 7: Argyle 5, Sinton 1
Donivan Lopez grounds out to shortstop. 1 out… Dalton Castillo strikes out swinging. 2 outs… Jordan Martinez strikes out. 3 outs.