Perfection On The Diamond

Perfection On The Diamond

Argyle Baseball Goes Undefeated, Wins State Title

by Steve Gamel

As Argyle baseball coach Ricky Griffin walked across the turf at Disch-Falk Field in Austin, he watched with pride as his players piled on top of one another after beating Sweeny 5-0 to win the Class 4A state title. Meanwhile, the Sweeny coach had come over to congratulate him on not only winning but finishing the season undefeated.

It was at that moment the longtime Eagles’ skipper said he truly realized the magnitude of what just happened. “He said, ‘Coach, you ran the table. You just don’t see that every day,’” Griffin said with a smile. “I thought, ‘Wow, we just went undefeated. That’s really when it hit me. I wasn’t thinking let’s get this last out so we can be undefeated. I just wanted these kids to get a gold medal because that’s something they will remember for the rest of their lives. “We did everything we could to win every game we played. And everything happened right for us 37 times.”

Argyle finished with a perfect 37-0 record, becoming just the fourth UIL baseball team to finish a season undefeated. The last time it happened was in 2003 when Lorena went through an entire season unscathed. Argyle’s season of dominance included 20 wins by 10 runs or more. Several of those regular-season wins came against teams in higher classifications. It was Argyle’s second state title since 2015 and its third trip to the state tournament in the last five seasons.

Starting pitcher Bryson Hudgens was named the state tournament MVP after tossing a two-hitter in the finals. The game was scoreless through five innings before Argyle cobbled together a five-run sixth inning. That surge included a triple from Brenden Dixon and a two-run double by Hudgens. Hudgens didn’t allow a hit after the fourth inning.

The Eagles’ win wasn’t the only state championship victory in Argyle. A few weeks earlier, Liberty Christian’s baseball team won the TAPPS state championship – its fourth state title overall and first since 2013. This is the first time two teams from Argyle won state titles in the same sport since Argyle and Liberty Christian’s girls basketball teams won it all in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Speaking of back-to-back crowns, while nothing is ever guaranteed, Griffin’s crew have all the odds in their favor heading into next season as only Hudgens will be lost to graduation. The rest of the team will return. Griffin said anything is possible, but they won’t be thinking about an undefeated season.

“Our goal next year is to win another gold medal — it certainly won’t be to go undefeated,” Griffin said after the game to several members of the media. “We’ll come right back to the ballpark when it’s time, and we’re going to do the same things that got us here. We’ll have a lot of the same guys back trying to do the same thing we just did.

“Maybe we can do it again, but the undefeated part won’t ever be talked about — just like it wasn’t this year.”

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