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Rascon’s gem not enough as Argyle outlasts Decatur

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
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When Decatur and Argyle met for the first time March 29, Bodi Rascon threw a gem, striking out 12 while giving up just two runs.

Ultimately, the senior’s effort was not enough, as Decatur managed just one hit in a 2-1 loss.

“They’re good guys. That’s why they’re committed to division one schools,” Rascon said of Argyle. “They’re dogs and know how to fight.”

Tuesday night, Decatur had a chance to even the season series with Rascon on the mound again. This time, Rascon went the distance, scattering two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

But like the first meeting, Decatur’s bats were unable to generate run support, as Class 4A No. 1 Argyle came away with a 2-0 victory.

“You can’t say enough about how [Rascon] pitched,” said Decatur coach Tommy Maddox. “You go back and the inning they scored their first run I felt like he got squeezed a little bit. That’s a great lineup to have to go through three or four times. To be able to do that and compete, it was a pretty special night for him.”

Argyle got on the board first in the top of the fourth on an opposite field RBI-single by Chad Ricker. Argyle added another run in the fifth on an RBI-double by Preston King, extending its lead to 2-0.

Rascon got out of bases loaded jams twice. He induced ground balls in the fourth and sixth innings that resulted in double plays to retire the side.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

“[The defense] was very big tonight,” Rascon said. “They got me out of bases loaded jams. These are my teammates and they have my back.”

Decatur led off the game with consecutive singles by Rascon and Dayne Chapman, putting two on with no out.

Wilson Hicks then flew out, with Triston Read and Beau Bedford going down on strikes to end the threat. The singles by Rascon and Chapman were Decatur’s only hits of the night.

Decatur worked two walks and reached base on an error, but stranded all five of its baserunners.

“I really felt after that [first inning] we had some good at-bats,” Maddox said. “We did a good job of putting the ball in play and making them make some plays.”

Decatur dropped to 22-5 and 3-3 in District 8-4A. The Eagles have lost two straight and have not scored a run since their 3-2 win over Springtown April 9.

Decatur is off Friday and will be back in action next Tuesday at home against rival Bridgeport. The Eagles end the regular season next Friday on the road at Springtown.

“I just told them I know it hurts and it will sting a little bit tonight, but I don’t want to lose sight of the good things we’ve been able to do,” Maddox said. “I think if we can build on those we’ll play for a long time and it will be a special season.”

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