AUSTIN — Playing in its fifth state title game since 2014, Argyle’s playoff run finally ran out of gas with a 9-0 loss to top-ranked Sinton in the Class 4A state final. The Pirates won their 31st consecutive game to lift their first state title since taking the 3A crown in 2002.
The Eagles (35-4-1) looked poised to start the scoring in the top of the first after it had runners on second and third with no outs. Consecutive batters struck out looking, though, and a third flew out to left field as the Eagles came away with nothing.
Sinton (36-1) took advantage in the bottom half as LSU commit Blake Mitchell reached on a fielder’s choice. Mitchell then took second on an errant pickoff attempt and reached third on a wild pitch before scoring on a rare infield sacrifice pop-out as third baseman Micah Roberts back-pedaled to make a leaping catch in shallow left field but could not throw home in time.
After getting runners on the corners with one out in the second, the Pirates struck for another run in similar fashion. A sacrifice fly to left by left fielder Kaden McCoy brought home center fielder Rene Galvan, who reached on a leadoff single.
Seven more runs came across in the bottom of the third as Sinton broke the game open for good. The Pirates batted around in the frame, scoring on a pair of RBI singles, an RBI double, a 2-RBI triple, a sacrifice fly and a walked in run.
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