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“Not only is she a leader as far as bat­ting av­er­age (.450), she’s also a leader on our team, she’s a leader at school and at her church, and she’s vale­dic­to­rian of her class. Those peo­ple are born. They’re not made.”

Grindrod said Pat­ton should fit in quite well with the Par­son soft­ball pro­gram.

“We’ve watched her de­velop of the past few years, and we felt she fit our pro­file pretty well - be­ing ath­letic, a hard worker, ded­i­cated, and a pas­sion for the game,” he said. “That’s what we look for. She’ll prob­a­bly come in and be a pretty good as­set right off the bat.

“We’re look­ing for her to play the out­field for us. That’s kind of what she’s ex­pressed to us. It’s go­ing to be a good fit for her and a good fit for us. She’s got speed, range, a great arm, a good solid bat with a lit­tle bit pop in it. She’s go­ing to fit in re­ally well for us.”

Ac­tu­ally, Pat­ton said she’s known since she had a visit to the school in 10th grade that she wanted to play there. She said she just wants to help her new team any way she can.

“Hope­fully I’ll get to be a lead­off (hit­ter) there, but if not, I’ll be happy wher­ever they put me as long as I can help them,” she said. I feel com­fort­able in the out­field, so hope­fully I’ll be able to help them out there.”

“Collinsville has been build­ing their pro­gram for quite a few years, so we’re very for­tu­nate to get her to come down,” Grindrod said. “Hope­fully there will be quite a few fol­low­ing her in the next cou­ple of years.”

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