AUSTIN - With a (35-0) record and USA Today national ranking of three, there was plenty of hype surrounding Jasper's Class 4A State Semifinal opponent Argyle. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs the Eagles were just as good as advertised, scoring nine runs in the final two frames to run-rule Jasper 14-4 in six innings.
Jasper (33-8-1) didn't look intimidated at all early on. Reese Durand opened the game with a base knock before eventually scoring on bases loaded walk uncorked by starter Sean Bolin. The lead was short lived as Argyle fired back with five runs of their own in the first off five hits and two Bulldog miscues.
Jasper held their own with the Argyle juggernaut thanks to some solid pitching from Michael Soisson. The senior settled down, keeping the Dawgs within striking distance until the fifth. After that the Eagles (36-0) proved to be too much, scoring four runs in the fifth followed by five in the six the clinch the win. Soisson (8-2) suffered the loss, while Argyle reliever Tate Van Poppel (2-0) was credited with the victory. Hank Clearman led the way for the Eagles going 3 for 4 at the dish with three runs batted in. On the other side Soisson and Durand each had a pair of hits.