Eastern Tech softball blanks Franklin in opener

The pitcher dominated. The hitters produced. The defense was solid.

All in all, a typical game from two-time defending Baltimore County champion Eastern Tech.

Junior pitcher Jordan Cargile gave up just one hit and smacked a home run as the Mavericks posted a 12-0 victory over visiting Franklin in the season opener for both schools.

The game was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run slaughter rule.

Senior third baseman Lindsay Meyers also had a home run off of Franklin senior Victoria Sobota, considered one of the county's top pitchers.

"That is a good pitcher," Eastern Tech coach Jack Meyers of Sobota. "We have had some good battles with her. We like fast pitching. The kids got the big part of the bat on the ball. It happens in batting practice all the time."

Cargile retired 11 of the first 12 batters before yielding a two-out single to left-center field to Ashley Lemon in the top of the fifth. She finished with four strikeouts and one walk.

"Her performance was top-notch against a Franklin team that is good every year," Coach Meyers said. "She was hitting her spots."

Cargile got all the run support she needed in the first inning. Keri Klimko reached on an infield hit with one out and scored on Laura Thacker's bloop single to left field. Thacker then came home on an error to make it 2-0.

Eastern Tech added two more unearned runs in both the second and third innings.

Franklin committed seven errors, which led to five unearned runs.

"I think the cold weather played into it," Franklin coach Ed Lahay said of the miscues. "But we have very immature team softball-wise. We have a lot of girls that haven't played a lot of softball. It will be a learning process for the girls this year."

Eastern Tech finished the scoring with six runs in the fourth. Cargile clubbed a two-run homer over the left fielder and Meyers laced a three-run homer to the right-center field gap.  



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