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The Celina Bobcats are geared up and ready to go for the UIL Class 4A State Semifinal matchup against Sinton. Celina is in their second-ever state tournament appearance (first in two decades) and doesn't look to be slowing down as they near the biggest stage in Texas High School baseball. VYPE DFW dives into what fans can expect from this resilient Bobcat squad.
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After deep playoff push last season ending in heartbreak, Celina made sure to come into this season with a brand new mentality and a goal to get as far as they could. Without looking in the rearview, the team played strong through preseason before posting a 12-0 undefeated district record to finish at the top of their district. The Bobcats have allowed only 72 runs all season while battling at high-level performance on the field. At the plate, Celina has been a force to be reckoned with. Through playoffs, Celina has shown tough resiliency as they have bounced back after every misstep- ready to get back to the state tournament and secure their second state title.
Oklahoma signee Noah Bentley has his eight home runs while driving in 33 RBIs so far this season. A strong hitter, Bentley can be expected to hit smart from the plate. Tennessee Tech commit Jackson Rooker has averaged .409 with 10 doubles. Baylor signee RJ Ruais has averaged .402 at the plate with six home runs. Junior Sean Rabe is great at getting on ase with a .416 batting average- moreover, though, Rabe is stealthy on the run with 14 stolen bases this season. Defensively, Ruais has posted a 0.89 ERA with 121 strikeouts so far this season while senior Cole Marthiljohni has posted a 1.69 ERA and 73 strikeouts.
Sinton is making their 11th appearance at state and going for their fourth state title. After falling short last season, there's no doubt that the Pirates are going to want to do nothing more than take out Celina and advance to the state title game. With a slew of talented athletes like Texas signee Ryan Galvin and senior Wyatt Wiatrek, Sinton is a fast-paced team who knows how to read the opposing pitchers well.
Celina is going to fight hard against Sinton. Although Sinton comes into the game with a chip on their shoulder from last season, that may also prove to be their downfall. Focusing on winning after falling short can prove to be a hinderance. However, Celina is going to have to fight for it if they truly want to make it to the State Finals. The team has shown their ability to set the tone or play up to their opponent, but in this do-or-die situation they are not going to be able to miss a single cue. Expect the Bobcats to fight to the finish in what might be one of the best state semifinal matchups fans have ever seen.
The game is set to begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8th at UFCU Disch Field in Austin, Texas.
The Argyle Eagles are back in the State Semifinals after missing the state tournament last season. On a mission this year, Argyle is ready to reclaim the top spot in UIL Class 4A baseball- the last time they were in the state tournament, they brought home gold! Before they can even think about doing that, though, they must make it passed China Spring in the UIL Class 4A Baseball State Semifinals. VYPE DFW lays out just what you can expect from this strong team.
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Going for their fourth state title since 2015 (2015, '18, '19), the team is ready to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals this season. Starting it off with a bang, Argyle didn't hesitate to fight hard against each of their opponents through preseason or district play. The team has lost only three games this season while posting a 91% winning percentage and outscoring their opponents by a combined 273-86 so far on the season. Going undefeated in district play, the Eagles set the tone for playoffs and have allowed only nine runs in playoffs.
Senior pitcher Evan Brandt has posted an undefeated season on the mound. Brandt has gone 14-0 while recording spectacular wins en route to the state tournament. Senior Ryan Hulke has been a force at the plate, making big, timely hits when the team needs them the most. Hiltke is batting .400. Junior J.C. Davis is batting .396 and can be expected to play strong against China Spring. Leading on offense, though, might be one of the major keys to Argyle's success in the semifinals: sophomore Alex D'Angelo has a .450 batting average and plays smart, quick offense.
China Spring has a tough group of athletes ready to do whatever it takes to get their first state title in 35 years- they will stop at nothing to shut down the power of Argyle. Led by junior Trevor Black (.467), sophomore TCU commit Cage McCloud (.406, 8-3 from the mound), Murray State signee Trace Necessary (.414), the offense can be expected to hit hard against Argyle.
China Spring won't be easy for Argyle. The two teams met earlier this season in a preseason matchup where Argyle posted a 6-0 victory. Knowing what kind of fast-paced play each other has on the diamond, both teams will be highly alert and highly competitive throughout the game. Fans can expect Argyle to put up the fight of their lives in order to advance to the State Finals.
The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at UFCU Disch Falk Field in Austin, Texas.