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Sarah Hudek, First Woman to Play College Baseball
Congratulations Sarah Hudek!
Meet Sarah Hudek, a senior at George Ranch High School outside Houston who will make history today when she officially accepts a baseball scholarship to play at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. The daughter of former MLB pitcher John Hudek, the 5-foot-10 lefty throws around 82 mph, or, per her future coach Aaron Vorachek in an interview with USA Today, “as good, or better, than most boys around here.”
Hudek, who will become the first woman to play on the school’s baseball team and one of the first woman ever to play at the college level, was named the USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year in December for her dominance in the in the 2014 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup. Hudek has been playing with her current high school teammates since their Little League days.
And if you’re wondering just how good she really is on the mound, check out her recruiting video below. It will make you feel very lucky you never faced her during your childhood baseball (or softball) days.
The Bossier Parish Community College baseball team will make history on Wednesday when head coach Aaron Vorachek signs Sarah Hudek to a baseball scholarship at a 6 p.m. ceremony in her hometown of Houston.
The daughter of former major league hurler and MLB All-Star, John Hudek, Sarah will be the first female to play baseball at BPCC and one of the first at the collegiate level.
“This is not a gimmick and I could care less about media attention,” Vorachek said. “I’m signing her to help us win ballgames.”
Vorachek said the 5-foot-10 Hudek is a left-handed pitcher throwing 82 miles per hour.
“That’s as good, or better, than most boys around here,” he said.
Hudek said she is excited about pursuing her dream of playing at the next level.
“Coach Vorachek is a great guy who sees me as a player who can help his team and not just as a girl. He has accepted me as a player,” Hudek told The Times. “I’m excited about the opportunity and I’ll do whatever I can to help BPCC win games.”
The bloodlines also helped in the decision. Her father pitched for six seasons with five different teams, including the Houston Astros, making the 1994 NL All-Star team as a rookie.
“I grew up around pro baseball and I’ve had the opportunity to pick the brain, not only of my dad, but of other major leaguers he is friends with,” Hudek said. “I have a fastball, change-up, curve and I’m working on a cutter.”
Vorachek believes Hudek will perform well in the Cavaliers’ league.
“I saw Sarah pitch as a sophomore and then again last season. She can really pitch,” Vorachek said. “I think other schools were afraid to take a chance on her. But you’re taking a chance with every kid you sign.”
Hudek was named the USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year last year due to her performance in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup. According to published reports, she was 1-1 with an 0.53 ERA in 17 innings in that event.
In the 17 and Under World Wood Bat Championships, Hudek posted 14 strikeouts with just two walks against some of the country’s best players. She has been playing with guys on the George Ranch High School baseball team since they were in Little League.
“They have been the greatest teammates,” Hudek said. “I hope my new teammates see me for what I can do to help the team, even though I’ll probably stick out like a sore thumb.”