“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.”