Bridgeport hurler Jared Huff held the fourth-ranked Argyle Eagles to three runs – one earned – on three hits over six innings Thursday night.
But the Bulls couldn’t push across any runs to support Huff in a 3-0 loss to Argyle in game one of their 3A bi-district series at Northwest High School.
“Jared pitched really good tonight, keeping Argyle’s hitters off balance,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps.
Huff struck out three and walked six.
“He gave up six walks, but they were good walks,” Leps said.
Argyle’s Parker Mushinski and Hunter Markwardt limited the Bulls to two hits over seven innings. Mushinksi struck out 11 and walked four in four and two-thirds.
The Bulls got runners in scoring position in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings. In the second, Huff led off with a single and advanced to third after Mushinski issued a pair of walks. But the Argyle pitcher struck out the side to get out of the jam.
Alex Samples had Bridgeport’s other hit – a first-inning single.
“The big difference in the game was our inability to put the ball in play,” Leps said. “We just didn’t do a real good job of putting the ball in play.”
Argyle pushed across two runs in the first, taking advantage of the first of five errors by the Bulls and a walk.
“We made the error in the first that led to a couple of runs. After that, Huff shut them down,” Leps said.
Argyle added its third run in the fifth on Ryley Balch’s double to right.
Bridgeport looked to even the series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northwest.