Baseball: Argyle Duo to Play at Next Level

Baseball: Argyle Duo to Play at Next Level

by Steve Gamel

The Argyle baseball team was a staggering 37-0 last season as it steamrolled its way to the Class 4A state title. So it should come as no surprise to see the majority of the Eagles’ stars are getting picked up by major college programs.

The Eagles have eight players on their 2019 roster who have already committed to Division I programs. That list includes left fielder Alex Gonzales and third baseman Cade Merka, who both verbally committed in September. Gonzales announced he was committing to Baylor on Sept. 4. Five days later, Merka committed to Texas A&M. The Denton Record-Chronicle first reported the news of their announcements.

Along with Gonzales and Merka, who are both juniors and still have two more seasons to play for the Eagles, the full Argyle recruiting class includes Sean Bolin (Utah), Bo Hogeboom (Houston), Austin King (Texas Rio Grande Valley), Preston King (UTRGV), Brenden Dixon (Texas) and Dillon Carter (TCU).

“It’s a really cool thing knowing all those guys since before middle school and now being able to be a part of that,” Gonzales told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “It’s special. I’m excited to play these next two years and enjoy it with them.”

Gonzales and Merka were both instrumental as sophomores and showed just how deep the Eagles’ talent pool really is. Gonzales, who also plays wide receiver for the football team, batted .429 and made just one error in the field last year. Merka hit .368 in the playoffs as Argyle eventually won its second state title in program history.

“The state championship in baseball came in my first season in a varsity sport and it was great,” Merka told the DRC. “If we could win one in football and then get another one in baseball, that would just be truly amazing.”

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