The Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches is excited to welcome Patrick Ward to the Juno Beach Loggerheads. Ward will be a freshman next year at Florida Atlantic University after finishing his senior year at Jensen Beach high school.
Here is a Q&A to get to know Ward:
How excited are you to play at FAU?
I’m extremely blessed. It’s a dream come true. Ever since I was kid, I’ve always wanted to play at the next level, and FAU sees me as someone who can help out their program. I’m excited to help them win.
How awesome is it that you get a warm up with college pitching and players at the CLPB this summer?
That is even better, to be honest. Knowing I’m going to see great arms and play with great kids every day for two months to get me ready for college ball is something I couldn’t pass up.
How important do you think that’ll be for your development?
I think it’s going to help me a lot. High school arms are good sometimes, and every once in a while you’ll see a top tier arm. It’s going to be a lot better to see those kinds of arms every day.
What else are you excited about for this summer?
I’m excited to get to know everybody and meet new people and get a small taste of what college ball is like and how hard they have to work before I get to go there.
How excited are you to play summer ball locally for you in Palm Beach?
That played a big role in me wanting to play in the CLPB. I didn’t want to travel to go play summer ball just yet, and now I can still live at home with my family and see my friends from school.
Coach Jay Judson is a coach described by Edgar Perez as someone who lets you play your own game. How excited are you to play for the Loggerheads under Judson?
Nobody really likes the coach who is trying to tell you exactly what to do all the time. He knows that we got here by doing our own thing with the help from prior coaches. Obviously we’ll appreciate the pointers and if they notice any tweaks that can be made, so I’m excited to meet the coach and get to work with him.
What are two words to describe yourself as a player?
I’m a very electric player because I’m excited when I’m out on the field. I like showing energy and when games are tight and fans are cheering. At the same time, I’m also a calm player. I’m very relaxed out there and I don’t feel like there’s a moment too big for me.