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.”
What has your coach told you to expect this time around?
“Don't take anything for granted.”
Moore has three 6A schools in the softball tournament. What do you think about the school district's programs?
“I think it's a good thing to have Moore have three teams being represented. I think it says something's coming from this side of town. I'm glad that we can compete actually against each other.”
What should people know about playing for a state title?
“It's a single-elimination tournament so state is the biggest thing everybody competes for all year. That's a high school softball player's dream is to win state. It's a big thing for us. The pressure is really tough.”
What have your sisters told you about winning consecutive titles and what it takes?
“Hard work, dedication and believing in yourself and your team that you can come together as one to defend your title.”