By Mike Hastings
Hillwood High School’s Patrick Lockridge has decided to continue his baseball career at the college level, committing to Campbellville University in Kentucky.
“I went to visit the campus during the season and just fell in love,” Lockridge said. “I got to meet the guys at practice and things felt right,” he added.
As a Tiger, Patrick will be coached by Buford Sanders. The long-time manager said he was impressed by Lockridge’s bat speed from the left side.
“We were looking to add freshman to our team and we were really impressed by Patrick’s character,” Sanders said, explaining in past years the team relied on junior college transfers who had already demonstrated ability at the college level.
“But we believe Patrick will fit right in,” he said.
Hillwood coach Randy Harrell said he knew Patrick would fit in at Campbellville.
“Coach Sanders and I go way back,” Harrell said. “I’m very familiar with him as a person - he’s an outstanding man and he’s built a great program. It will be a perfect place for Patrick to grow,” Harrell added.
Lockridge had an outstanding senior season at Hillwood. The four-year starter finished this season with a .522 batting average with two homers and 35 RBIs. On the mound, he had a 4-0 record with a 2.90 ERA, all the while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. He was voted All-District and 2nd MVP this year.
“He carried us all year,” Harrell said. “We built our lineup around him and we would not have been successful without Patrick,” he said.
Coach Joe Burlingame, who helped coach Patrick all four years at Hillwood, said he was impressed with the slugger’s growth.
“He worked really hard in practice and developed discipline at the plate,” Burlingame said. “He’s the prototypical first baseman.”
Parents Jason and Chris, who have watched Patrick play since he was a four-year-old running around the BSAA fields, are just happy that their son is doing what he loves to do and continues to grow as a person.
“I just want him to do whatever it is that he wants to do and be successful in his aspirations,” Chris said.
Lockridge Continuing Baseball Career in College