Encouraging season ends with loss to Taylor in Sectional 39 semifinal

On Saturday afternoon, after coming away with an impressive playoff victory over Eastern, the Madiosn-Grant Argylls’ 2019 season reached its conclusion on Saturday evening with an 11-1 loss to the Taylor Titans.

Behind 11 hits, the Titans led from start to finish, scoring two runs in the first inning and never looking back. They add three runs in third, four in the fifth, and one each in the fourth and sixth.

Argyll senior Dylan Brooks drove in Brayden Shoemaker for the Argylls’ lone run in the fifth.

“The score doesn’t look like it, but I thought we played fairly well offensively,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Scott Haley said. “We were just hitting line drive after line drive, and Taylor made play after play. Give them all the credit. They just made the plays.”

Though the Argylls’ campaign is now complete, it was an encouraging one. They finished with seven wins – two more victories than in their previous two seasons combined – and saw remarkable growth from all of their young players, including Nick Evans, Cole Hasty, and many others.

With a majority of their core set to return in 2020, Haley believes that Argylls’ baseball is on the rise.

“I’m so proud of how these kids played all year long,” Haley said. “They made huge strides. Nick Evans was a huge contributor all year long. Cole Hasty hit the ball hard and played good defense. He played really well at third base for the first year playing there. Chad Harbert at shortstop and Mason Richards behind the plate, as freshman, I thought they just did an extraordinary job playing varsity baseball their first year. Those two guys were really the glue to our defense. We’re going to have 95 percent of our pitching back next year and for the next two years.

“I feel good. I’m a little disappointed right now…but the future does look bright.”

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