Mercedes Hargett is still a Ram, though she is wearing a different uniform.
The former Havelock High standout has pitched in 11 games her freshman season as a member of the Winston-Salem State Rams. She has a 6-5 record, a 3.29 earned run average, leading the pitching staff with 52 strikeouts and just eight walks, and she has been named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week twice this season.
In addition to her strikeouts, Hargett is first on the team in wins with six and her ERA is third-best. She also leads the team with 65 2/3 innings pitched.
She admits that making the transition from high school to college wasn’t easy, but she feels she has adapted well.
“Athletic-wise, it is a lot more intense,” she said. “I’ve played behind the plate, catching like I did most of my life, but they have me pitching a lot more too. With switching from mainly a catcher to being mainly a pitcher, I’d say I have done extremely well.”
Like many college students, athlete or not, Hargett said time management is crucial at college.
“With all of our classes and breaks and practices, it really forces you to have good time management,” she said. “I think that is the biggest adjustment of all that is a lot different from high school.”
As a freshman, Hargett said she enjoys being around the upperclassmen on the team and is trying to learn as much about intangibles as she can.
“I want to be a better leader and take on a leadership role like the upperclassmen,” she said. “I’m really focusing on learning how to deal with things better and not let myself get stuck in holes or dwell on bad things when they happen.”
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.