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High schools: Q&A with Patricia Padgett, Westmoore slowpitch softball

Jaguars going for consecutive state championships.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: April 29, 2013
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Patricia Padgett, last season's All-City Slowpitch Player of the Year, comes from a family of successful Westmoore softball players.

Her older sisters, Felicia and Amanda, both won consecutive state titles. Starting with a game against No. 10-ranked Southmoore, Padgett, a senior, and No. 1 Westmoore will try to make her the third Padgett to win consecutive state titles.

“I'm the last final chapter in my family to win another state title,” Padgett said.

Q: You get to defend your 2012 title. What are your thoughts? Nervous?

A: “It's really important to my team. I think we're going to go in there carrying ourselves pretty well. We've been preparing ourselves for this for a whole year. We're going to go in there strong.”

What is different from this team versus last year's 

“We've lost a lot of power hitters and gained a lot more base hitters. That's what wins us games.”

Are you worried at all to defend the title while having a No. 1 ranking?

“Not really. People are going to be shooting for us and gunning for us, but I think we'll be able to handle it.”

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