Former Asheville High baseball player Jared Patterson has won an American Legion scholarship valued at $1,000.
Patterson is an incoming freshman at Methodist. Academic and athletic considerations were given to the Legion scholarship which covers the entire Area IV classification that Asheville Post 70 belongs to.
“I couldn’t be happier. You couldn’t have found a more deserving kid for this award,” Post 70 coach Shane Galloway said.
“He works his tail off when it comes to baseball. But if baseball doesn’t work out in his future, Jared is going to make some boss and employer happy as well. He is a kid that you definitely want on your side because he is going to fight for you.”
As a senior with the Cougars, Patterson garnered All-Mountain Athletic Conference and Citizen-Times All-WNC honors after batting a team-high .471 with 26 RBIs, eight doubles and four home runs last spring. He was walked 13 times.
The Asheville scholar graduate had a weighted grade-point average of 4.13. Patterson has also received a Methodist University Presidential Academic Scholarship which is good for four years.
Patterson was one of the top bats in Post 70’s lineup this summer. He hit .426 with 27 RBIs, three home runs and 14 walks. Patterson did not commit a single fielding error at either catcher or third base.