Cabot’s Patterson signs with Red Wolves

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Cabot baseball player Zachary Patterson is surrounded by family, coaches and teammates after he signed his national letter of intent to play baseball next year at Arkansas State University. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Cabot starter Zachary Patterson delivers a pitch Thursday, May 9, 2013, during the Panthers’ game against Rogers in the 7A State Baseball Tournament at Veterans Park in Rogers. Patterson signed with Arkansas State during a ceremony last week.

Cabot baseball player Zachary Patterson is taking his game to the collegiate level.

Patterson, who plays several positions for the Panthers, signed with Arkansas State University at Jonesboro during a ceremony at the CHS Media Center on Thursday.

The Red Wolves are one of five NCAA Division I schools in Arkansas.

“I am extremely excited about signing to play at Arkansas State,” Patterson said. “All of the hard work and dedication has paid off.”

Patterson was signed as a pitcher.

“I will most likely be pitching,” he said. “That is what got me the look with them and pretty much got me recruited.”

Patterson said he talked to Northwestern State in Louisiana.

“However, there weren’t really any other schools because I had committed to A-State so early in the summer,” he said.

Cabot assistant coach David Smith has coached Patterson for three seasons.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for Zachary to go up there and to further his baseball playing at the next level,” Smith said. “Arkansas State is going to get a guy who is a hard worker. He’s going to do what it takes to get better, not only for himself but for his teammates. Arkansas State is really lucky to get a guy like him.”

Smith is the only holdover from the previous baseball staff. He will assist Ronnie Goodwin, who took Jay Fitch’s place this summer following the resignation of Fitch.

Smith said Patterson’s signing with a Division I school says the Panther baseball program is heading in the right direction.

“We’re doing things right in the developmental process of the guys,” Smith said. “We’re getting ready for the next level so guys of that caliber are getting Arkansas and ASU coming out and looking at them and giving them an opportunity to play for their programs.”

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