It took Jordan Cargile only 12 pitches to get through the first inning of Tuesday’s Baltimore County softball championship.
That was the sign that No. 6 Hereford would be in for another long afternoon against No. 1 Eastern Tech at the Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk, where the Mavericks (20-0) beat the Bulls, 10-0, in a game that lasted just 4 1/3 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Cargile, a senior who is committed at play at Delaware, struck out 12 batters in her second appearance against Hereford this season to lead the Mavericks to their fourth straight title.
“She pitched so much better in this game than when we played them the first time,” Hereford coach Laura Blama said of Cargile, who yielded four hits and struck out six in the first meeting. “Every pitch had great location and great movement on it.”
Eastern Tech battered Hereford senior left-hander LeAnne Collins for 12 hits and eight earned runs in five innings.
Breanna Casper (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs), Sarah Heagy (2-for-3, 2 RBIs), Brooke Samios-UY (2-for-2, 2 doubles, RBI) and Giselle Alvarez (2-for-3, triple, double, RBI) were the hitting heroes.
Collins had trouble in the top of the first inning when the Mavericks pushed across three runs.
She walked Samios-UY, the leadoff batter, and Keri Klimko followed by reaching on a bunt single. After Cargile lined out to the shortstop, Casper laced a single to left field to drive in courtesy runner Sara Ciekot, but Klimko also scored when the outfielder misplayed the ball.
It was one of three Hereford errors in the inning. The Bulls had committed only 12 in their previous 14 games.
“We had some first-inning jitters,” Blama said.
Eastern Tech broke the game open in the second, scoring four more runs on five hits. Eight batters came to the plate, with Casper’s double driving in a run, and Alvarez tripling in another.
“We knew the bats had to show up, and they really did show up,” Cargile said. “We have really been working extra hard on our hitting all season. It’s nice to see the hard work pay off.”
Cargile retired the first seven batters — striking out six — before Maddie Crowley reached on an infield single.
Cargile then set down the final seven batters in order, striking out six.
“She always gets up for big games,” Eastern Tech coach Jack Meyers said.
No. 1 Eastern Tech 10 No. 6 Hereford 0
ET 3 4 2 0 0 1 – 9 12 1
H 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 4
L Collins and Bienart; Cargile and Samios-UY
2B: ET –Samios, 2, Casper, 2.
3B: ET Alvarez