Class 2A softball champ Eastern Tech ranked No. 16 nationally

Eastern Tech climbed to No. 16 in the most recent MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Softball Rankings.

The Mavericks, ranked No. 1 in the area by The Baltimore Sun, won the Class 2A state title and completed a 25-0 season by defeating Easton, 3-1 last month.

"It's pretty neat how these kids just responded under pressure," Eastern Tech coach Jack Meyers said after the win.

The team won Eastern Tech's first-ever state title in softball and broke program records for highest batting average (.530), runs scored (366), RBIs (344), home runs (19), doubles (58), triples (40) and on-base percentage (.607).

Senior pitcher Jordan Cargile led the Mavericks, going 24-0 with a 0.53 ERA and program-record 190 strikeouts, an effort that earned her All-Metro Player of the Year honors. Meyers was The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year.

Junior third baseman Bre Casper, an All-Metro first-team selection, broke the state record for RBIs, with 59, and batted .597 with nine home runs, five triples and 11 doubles. Junior catcher Brooke Samios-Uy, another first-teamer, tied the state record for triples (eight) and batted .640 with three home runs and 48 RBIs.

Giselle Alvarez, a junior outfielder for Eastern Tech, was an All-Metro second-team selection.

Only three teams in the national top 25 are still playing: No. 4 Parkland (Pa.), No. 10 Unionville-Sebewaing (Mich.) and No. 17 Cosby (Va.).

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