Argyle and Liberty Christian Repeat as State Champions

Argyle and Liberty Christian Repeat as State Champions

Argyle and Liberty Christian Repeat as State Champions

by Steve Gamel

Heading into the 2019 season, both the Argyle and Liberty Christian baseball teams were defending state champions and, not surprisingly, easy picks to do it all over again. All the Eagles and Warriors had to do was not get in their own way.

Mission accomplished.

Three weeks after Liberty Christian repeated as TAPPS Division I state champs with its 8-5 win over Houston St. Thomas, Argyle High wrapped up its historic season with a 6-3 win over Sweeny to capture the UIL Class 4A state title on June 6.

Their victories marked the first time since the 2015 and 2016 seasons that Argyle and Liberty Christian have each repeated as state champs in the same sport in the same season. In ’15 and ‘16, their girls basketball teams won back-to-back crowns, which led to the town of Argyle affectionately being dubbed Title Town.

When it came to these two baseball programs, there wasn’t an opponent in the state with a roster talented enough to hang with them for the long haul. Argyle and Liberty Christian combined to go 66-14-2 in 2019 while going undefeated in the postseason. Argyle, in particular, lost just one game over the last two seasons while amassing an improbable 77-1-1 record in that stretch. They beat La Vernia 16-0 in the semifinals before beating Sweeny to become just the third team to win consecutive titles at the 4A level.

Argyle, which also won a state title in 2015 and has advanced to the state tournament four times in the past six seasons, is the first team in UIL baseball history to follow up an undefeated season with another
state title.

Texas Tech signee Dillon Carter was named title game MVP. Utah signee Sean Bolin picked up his ninth win of the year.

Not to be outdone, Liberty Christian now has five state titles (2003, 2009, 2013, 2018, and 2019) and claimed its latest over a St. Thomas program it has historically struggled against. St. Thomas was responsible for ousting Liberty from the playoffs three times before the Warriors beat them in the semifinals last year.

In this year’s rematch, Liberty scored six runs in the top of the second inning, all with two outs, and cruised to a relatively easy win. Joe Wolf, Creighton Hansen, Mason Packwood, and Brett Huff were all named to the all-tournament team.

Time will tell exactly how long this impressive stretch of dominance will last. But no one on either team is thinking about next season just yet. They have every right to bask in the glow of their newly won titles.

From everyone here at Argyle Living magazine, congrats to the Eagles and Warriors on your championship gold!


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