It’s not often that a we see history in college sports.
Bossier Parish Community College pitcher Sarah Hudek begs to differ on this statement. She made history after earning her first win in college baseball. Hudek, the daughter of former MLB All-Star John Hudek, pitched a scoreless frame to preserve a 5-4 win over Hinds Community College. This isn’t the first time that Hudek has been victorious. She helped Team USA in the Pan American Games to a gold medal. In that series, she was 1-1 with a dominant 0.54 ERA. Overall, the success of Hudek has sparked a discussion on the success of women in baseball.
Women playing baseball isn’t new to the public. Two summers ago, Mone Davis captured fans hearts with her performance in the Little League World Series. Before Davis, there was a official Women’s league. However, it is what Hudek is doing that is taking the world by storm. She is competing directly against talented and future professional players and has already been named a 2014 US Baseball Sportswoman of the Year.
Hudek is paving a way to including women at the upper echelons of the sport. For this reason, I find it interesting that she has a interesting story. She is breaking barriers and I believe we are closer to seeing a women in the the Major Leagues. With her overpowering 82 mph fastball and assortment of breaking pitches, Hudek is coming up as a pure pitcher and not a flamethrower. This is a recipe for success at Bossier. If you don’t think so, just check out the 30 MLB signees Bossier has produced.