COLLEGE PARK -- Jordan Cargile jumped into her teammates' arms. The game was over. The championship captured. The perfect season complete.
No. 1 Eastern Tech (24-0) knocked off Easton (18-3) 3-1 to capture the Class 2A state championship Friday at Maryland Softball Stadium. Cargile, a senior, allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings, as the Mavericks won the first state title in school history.
"We were just attacking, attacking, attacking the strike zone," Cargile said. "I knew, since it was my last game, I was giving every single pitch my all."
Eastern Tech's Brooke Samios-Uy, who entered Friday's game batting .671, opened the game with a double to left-center field. Pinch runner Sara Ciekot moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a dribbler toward the pitcher to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Cargile retired the side 1-2-3 to maintain the early cushion. Cargile entered the game with a 23-0 record and 0.33 earned run average and was dominant against the Warriors.
In the second inning, though, Easton's Riley Keeter laced the ball to right field for a triple and scored on a sacrifice to second. Cargile retired the next two hitters and the score remained 1-1.
Eastern Tech, however, showcased its explosive offense in the third inning.
Cargile lined the first pitch of her at bat to the wall in center. The RBI double scored Keri Klimko and gave the Mavericks a 2-1 lead. Sarah Heagy then slapped one up the middle, plating Katie Gettier and providing the visitors with some breathing room.
That's all the separation Cargile would need. She mowed down the next six Warriors hitters, entering a groove she's grown accustomed to this season.
"The first few times through the lineup you're really trying to find what the hitters can do," Cargile said. "After you get run support you can relax and go out there and throw your game."
Cargile, Bre Casper and Giselle Alvarez all hit shots up the middle in the top of the fifth, but the Mavericks left the bases loaded and the score remained 3-1. Easton freshman Anna Slaughenhoupt led off the bottom of the inning with a single, but Cargile got out of the frame unscathed and then retired the side in order in the sixth inning.
"My heart was racing the whole game. These kids are an extension of me when I'm coaching," Eastern Tech coach Jack Meyers said. "It's pretty neat how these kids just responded under pressure."
With Eastern Tech fans clapping their hands, spinning in circles and chanting "everybody do the Maverick rumble," the state championship was theirs just an inning later.
"It's good to win this year because last year we fell short, but we knew we couldn't stop this year," Ciekot said. "We just had to finish where we left off last year."
Said Cargile: "Best. Memory. Ever. I will forever remember this"Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun