Eastern Tech pitcher Jordan Cargile led her team to its best season in the program’s history last season. Now, she is fully focused on taking her team to an even higher level.
The Mavericks surged through the 2013 regular season and playoffs, only to fall short in the Class 3A championship game to Northern-Calvert, which at the time was the top-ranked team in the nation by MaxPreps.
Cargile, the reigning All-Metro Player of the Year, is confident her team has the talent to make another run at the title, and she can’t wait to get back on the field. Eastern Tech finished 21-1 and was ranked No. 1 in the metro area last season.
“I am very excited for this year’s season,” Cargile said. “I can’t wait to get back out on the field to start practicing with my team and playing games. It is a great feeling to be back on the field after a long winter offseason, and I think we can take the momentum we built on last year and keep moving forward with it.”
Cargile went 21-1 with an 0.74 ERA last season, which ended with the team’s first appearance in the state championship game. She pitched 12 shutouts, struck out 171 and walked only 22. Cargile’s only loss came in the state title game.
She was also a force at the plate, batting .507 with five home runs, four triples, three doubles and 34 RBIs. This year, she is fully focused on getting her team back on top.
“I believe our team has the potential to make it back up to the state championship again,” Cargile said. “We just have to work hard in the gym and on the field all season so we can make it back. Other than the four teams that won state championships last year, I think every team has unfinished business they want to take care of this season. I know my team really wants to get back championship and get the ‘W’ this year after all the work we have put in.”
Cargile has always led by example. She was dedicated to become a better player in the offseason and stayed committed to a regimented program. Cargile is also a dedicated club player and has competed against some of the top teams on the East Coast.
“I always work really hard in the offseason,” Cargile said. “During the winter, my weeks consist of strength and conditioning, pitching, and hitting with my dad. I did have a few fall tournaments with my travel team in North Carolina before it got too cold. I also played in a tournament in Florida during January.”
Eastern Tech coach Jack Meyers said Cargile is one of the most dedicated players on the team. She has been a standout since she walked on to the softball diamond as a freshman when she earned All-Baltimore County honors. The Mavericks have won Baltimore County championships in each of her three years on varsity and have captured regional titles in two of the past three seasons.
“She is the hardest working kid on the team, so any accolades she receives is very deserving,” Meyers said. “She is humble and wants to constantly work on her game. I have been involved with the Cargile family for a long time and to see the incredible growth as a softball player is amazing.”
Cargile is already committed to play softball at Delaware. Her ultimate goal is to work in the health care field, and she intends to major in exercise science/kinesiology, athletic training or a pre physical therapy program.
For now, though, Cargile is fully focused on the season.
“My goal for this season is for our team to have as great a season as we did last year,” Cargile said. “This year should be just as fun as our previous season, and we hope to get all the way back to the state championship so we can see our hard work pay off.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun