Sarah Hudek played her first softball season when she was 10 years old. After that, her second softball season didn’t come until college when she transferred to Texas A&M to join the Aggies softball program.
In between her softball seasons, Hudek played baseball. Her love for baseball developed in part because of her father, John Hudek. He pitched in the majors for six seasons, including an All-Star appearance when he was a rookie for the Houston Astros in 1994, and played alongside Hall-of-Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Baseball was something the two always bonded over, and Hudek had the passion and talent for it.
On February 5, 2015, Hudek became one of the few women to receive a scholarship for a college baseball program, and the first woman in Bossier Parish Community College history to play for the school’s baseball team. The left-handed pitcher appeared in 13 games for BPCC including one start. In 2017, she finished with a 2-1 record, had a fastball that topped 92 miles per hour and pitched in the NJCAA Region XIV postseason tournament. That same year she compiled 20 innings and struck out 12.
After her first year of college baseball, she played for the USA Women’s National Baseball team, where she won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. She later decided to make the switch from college baseball to softball and joined the nationally ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
“My dad was always supportive of it,” Hudek said in an interview with the Acadiana Advocate. “He always encouraged me to play and never tried to push me into playing softball. I really appreciate it, because that could have made everything that happened a totally different story.”
Once Hudek joined the Aggies softball team she transitioned from the mound to left field. She started in 58 games as a freshman and hit .291with four home runs and 34 runs batted in (RBI). The following year her stats improved with a season of softball under her belt, and hit .363 with eight home runs and 33 RBI. Her stats and defensive skills led her to be named to the NFCA All-South Region Third Team honors.
After two seasons at Texas A&M, Hudek entered the transfer portal again, joining five of her teammates who transferred that season. She joined the University of Louisiana- Lafayette for two seasons; her second season was cut short because of the global pandemic.
“Hudek is so good of a player because she can play first base at a high level, she can play outfield at a very high level, and she can step in there and hit, and really was good offensively,” Louisiana head coach Gerry Glasco said in an interview with the Daily Advertiser.
The NCAA offered Hudek another year of eligibility in order to make up for the shortened 2020 season, but she decided to decline. GoodSport can’t wait to see what comes next for Hudek!