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Five Star Performer: Peytin Hudson

After throwing two no-hitters in the same week, Peytin Hudson ears Five Star honors
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 10:41 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Fall sports are back in full swing, which means after months of waiting, the Five Star Performer of the Week also returns.

This week’s Five Star honors go to Hastings High’s Peytin Hudson. The junior pitcher threw the first no-hitter of high school career Tuesday against Grand Island in the team’s 10-0 win. She followed that up Saturday with another no-hitter against Lincoln Northeast, which resulted in another 10-0 win. Both outing coming against Class A schools.

“Coming in and doing two in a row in high school - that’s hard,” Hudson said. “You’re playing against a lot of tough hitters so it felt really good.”

“It is an incredible feat. She’s worked really hard to get to this spot,” Head Coach Ashley Speak. “She’s bought her time in the program and she does a really nice job for us. I mean we couldn’t ask for better.”

Hudson threw just two innings for the Tigers in 2019. After losing ace pitcher Elle Douglas to graduation, they needed Hudson to step up. So far she has done just that, and then some.

“She’s earned that spot, we are super proud of her,” Speak said. “I know her teammates play well behind her and we expect great things out of her this season.”

Hudson doesn’t overwhelm hitters at the plate with her speed, but she attacks them with her command of the zone.

“If we were asking for a drop ball outside, that’s exactly what you’re going to get. I think that’s few and far between anymore, when you look at colleges they always want those flamethrowers,” Speak said. “She has just perfected her craft and has done a really nice job with that.”

This season Faith Molina has been the Tigers number one pitcher, after sporting a 2.10 ERA in over 26 innings of work last season. Now the two together have made quite the one-two punch.

“It’s nice that we offset each other. She comes in and throws hard, then I come in and spin the ball where it needs to go,” Hudson said.

It certainly helps out your pitchers when your team is a perfect 8-0 and averages over ten runs a game, too.

“Our offense is really hot right now, we are hitting one through nine,” Hudson said. “So I know that I can give up a couple hits and it will be fine. We will still be able to score some runs.”

Now we know though, that she can go without giving up a couple hits as well.

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