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      Amarillo Sox outfielder retires from professional baseball

      Cory Patton hugs his players after his last game July 27, 2014.

      After ten years of professional baseball, Amarillo Sox outfielder Cory Patton is hanging up his bat.

      It was an emotional game Sunday night as fans lined the fence to bid farewell to the veteran player.

      Patton started with the Sox last season, and batted a .305 and led the team with 11 home runs.

      He played collegiate baseball at Texas A&M University and was drafted by the Toronoto Blue Jays in 2004. Patton entered the independent league in 2009, playing with Winnipeg, Fargo-Moorhead and San Angelo before landing in Amarillo.

      The 32-year-old will start a new chapter in his life coaching baseball.