In a battle of two unbeaten softball teams on Thursday morning, runs were at a premium as host Eastern Tech squared off with Baltimore County rival Lansdowne.
The No. 11 Mavericks scored one run in the fifth and sixth innings and freshman pitcher Jordan Cargile worked out of a late jam to help power Eastern Tech to a 2-0 victory over the No. 9 Vikings.
“This was a team effort, all eleven kids helped out,” said Mavericks coach Jack Meyers.
Cargile won her third game of the season after tossing seven scoreless innings in which she struck out eight batters, allowed three hits and issued two walks.
“This game was kind of big for me because I’m just a freshman but I like starting in big games; I mean, who doesn’t?” Cargile said. “The drop ball was working a lot and a few of my rise balls were working pretty good.”
Her counterpart on the mound, Lansdowne’s Maude McCoury, also pitched a strong game as she struck out 10 batters and gave up just four hits.
The difference in the game was Eastern Tech’s ability to make the timely hit. Neither team could muster much offensively but when the Mavericks (7-0) got the opportunity, they capitalized.
Junior catcher Ashley Sauerwein crushed a triple past the outstretched arms of Vikings’ centerfielder Kelli Pease in the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, sophomore Corrin Cromwell singled up the middle to score Sauerwein, giving the Mavericks a 1-0 lead.
“It was a little bit nerve-wracking standing up there against such a good pitcher. It’s really hard to pick out a good pitch because you know what she’s going to throw,” Sauerwein admitted. “But luckily, it was an outside pitch and it hit the best part of the bat. I just went with it and it found a hole.”
Lansdowne (9-1) responded in the top of the sixth. Maude McCoury reached on an error and Marlaina McCoury legged out an infield single. Sera Stull also reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out.
Cargile got the next batter, Ashley Smith, to ground to third baseman Michelle Mohr (five assists) who threw home to get the force out. After touching home, Sauerwein threw to first and the ball hit Smith in the back.
Smith was called out for running outside of the base path and the next batter grounded out to end the Vikings’ threat.
“That was really big for us because we were struggling with mistakes. Luckily, we stayed upbeat and stayed together. It’s always easy to finish something when you have your team behind you.”
Senior Carly Wheat led off the sixth with a single and after a sacrifice bunt and fly, moved to third base. Wheat scored on Cargile’s single to give Eastern Tech an insurance run.
“Today was a very good game between two well-matched teams,” said Vikings assistant coach Carla Privateer. “It came down to pitching and a couple of key hits. I give a lot of credit to Eastern, they played a good game.”
She added: “Hopefully we will get the opportunity to see them again in regional play and see if we can’t come out on top next time.”
No. 11 Eastern Tech 2, No. 9 Lansdowne 0
L 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
ET 000 011 x — 2 4 2
Mau. McCoury and Stull; Cargile and Sauerwein.
RBI: ET-Cromwell, Cargile.