Back in January, before her senior season began, Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle said a pretty simple prayer.
About six months later, Cagle and her Lady Cat teammates saw to it that she would not be disappointed.
The Lady Cats won 40 games in 2013, and Cagle won 28 of those in the circle with an unblemished pitching record. Her last win came in the team’s final outing of the season, which came in Austin in the Class 2A state championship game against Kingsville Santa Gertrudis Academy.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Cagle said in May. “God has blessed me so much. In January, I prayed I’d win the last game of the season.”
She did just that in the Lady Cats’ 1-0 win to claim the program’s first state championship, capping a stellar career as a four-year starter before heading off to play college softball in Louisiana at Northwestern State.
Cagle hit .617 with five home runs and 39 RBIs while posting a perfect 28-0 record with a microscopic 0.72 ERA and 259 strikeouts. Those numbers and her team’s success made Cagle an easy choice as the MVP of the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area softball team for the second straight season.
“It’s unbelievable,” Cagle said of earning the MVP honor again. “A lot of the awards are a tribute to my team and not just me. God just blessed me with an incredible senior year. I’m just glad I got to share it with everybody.”
“She’s just unbelievable,” added head coach James Ramsey. “She’s been that way since she came to us as a freshman. She’s gotten better and better every year with the experience, and I’m glad to have had the honor to coach her.”
Cagle was a runaway choice for MVP in 2012 after posting a 1.88 ERA with 209 strikeouts and hitting .455 with 25 RBIs. In 2013, she dwarfed those numbers and helped Pilot Point earn its first athletic state championship by a squad other than the football team.
Just because Cagle will be moving on to the college ranks doesn’t mean she will be separating herself from the Lady Cats’ program, as her good friends will be looking to defend their state championship.
“They’re going to be good,” Cagle said. “They are losing five of us, but they’ll be just fine. I plan on being [at the state tournament] next year watching them in the stands. They can do it.”