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.