Westmoore slowpitch softball coach Steve Schwarz remembers knowing that he'd have a pretty special player when Patricia Padgett reached high school.
He'd coached her two older sisters, Amanda and Felicia, with the Jaguars.
“Her mama always told me she was going to be the best one,” Schwarz said. “And she was always around. She'd even help me drag the field in the Gator when she was a little girl.”
Mom was certainly right in this case.
As a junior this season, Padgett hit .664 with 27 home runs, 92 RBIs and 70 runs scored as the Jaguars won the Class 6A state championship.
Now, she's The Oklahoman's All-City Softball Player of the Year.
“When my sisters started playing and I saw what they could do ... I wanted to be better,” Padgett said of when she got serious about the sport.
She won't say she's better than her older sisters, at least not directly.
“I think we're all pretty much the same in high school,” Padgett said. “They just didn't have as many hits as I did.”
Slowpitch isn't just a time-waster for Padgett in between fastpitch and other sports.
Padgett doesn't play fastpitch. She doesn't even like the game.
“Fastpitch is just too slow of a game for me,” she said. “It's a very boring game and it just has no excitement whatsoever.
“Fastpitch is just a hitter-pitcher game, that's all it is. In slowpitch, I can actually field and make plays out there.”
She's made plenty of them.
Schwarz' favorite came last year in a game against a Moore rival. He can't remember if it came against Moore or Southmoore but knows the result well.
A batter hit a slow roller into the outfield and Padgett scooped it up.
“I saw them sending the runner (home) and thought Patty was about the only person who could make that play,” Schwarz said.
“Woo, that wasn't very smart,” he said of the runner being sent.
Padgett does play basketball and spends most of her time during the summer with that sport.
“When she comes from basketball, she always wants to stay after and hit some balls,” Schwarz said. “She feels like she's behind and needs to put in that work.
“That's just the way it is. Her drive on the field, the way she works in practice, every time she takes B.P., she'll give everything I ask of her.”