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.”