Argyle Eagles Baseball for Dominant Season
by Steve Gamel
Argyle baseball coach Ricky Griffin recently joked that he should just get out of his players’ way.
He’s obviously not going to do that, but it’s clear the longtime Eagles’ skipper might not have to do much coaching for a team that has practically everyone back from last year’s near miss at a state tournament berth. Argyle is loaded in every facet of the game. Griffin knows it, and expectations are sky high.
“These guys have a plan to get back to Austin,” said Griffin, whose team won the 2015 title before last year’s loss in the region final. “They know they have a good team – instead of one-third of the team having experience, they all do.”
Four freshman started for the Eagles in 2016 – and they’re all back.
The now sophomores include Brenden Dixon, a sophomore second basemen who is already committed to Texas, left fielder Dillon Carter, who committed to TCU in August, and Oklahoma commits and twin brothers Preston and Austin King.
Rounding out the list of returning starters in the field are third baseman Gage Campbell, shortstop Seth Green and outfielder Watson Timmons. Newcomer Hayden Clearman has also stepped in nicely in right field, as has sophomore Chad Ricker at catcher.
And that’s just the beginning. Starting pitcher Connor Mushinski returns for his third varsity season and leads a deep pitching rotation that includes Brett Lundy and newcomers Shawn Bolin and Bryson Hudgens. Griffin said his rotation is about nine pitchers deep for 2017.
With everyone expecting Argyle to make a serious run toward another title, the success of this season will hinge on how well Argyle can stay in the moment and not look too far ahead to future opponents.
“I do think they are talented, but you know as well as I do that you can’t just play on talent alone,” Griffin said. “You can’t get too far ahead of yourself. It’s important to focus on every game and play each game one at a time. We have to play every game like that.”
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