To her future college coach, the decision is simple.
The girl can play. So he wants her on his team. So what if Sarah Hudek is a rarity, the female who earns a college baseball scholarship?
"This is not a gimmick and I could care less about media attention," coach Aaron Vorachek said to The Shreveport Times. “I’m signing her to help us win ballgames.”
— Jimmy Watson (@JimmyWatson6) February 3, 2015
Vorachek is excited to bring in the lefty, who throws fastballs around 82 miles per hour, as a contributor to the Bossier Parish Community College baseball team in Louisiana. Hudek, whose father, John, pitched for five teams in six MLB seasons, has been playing baseball with the boys since Little League, including for her high school team.
Last summer, she competed in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup and dominated, posting a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings.
Her presence at the college level will be new territory for everyone involved, but Hudek is optimistic.
"[My high school teammates] 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."
The known list of female pitchers earning even partial college baseball scholarship is small with Marti Sementelli in 2011 at Montreat College in North Carolina, Molly McKesson at Christian Brothers University in 2004 and Ila Border for two California college in the 90s.
Here's a feature about Hudek from Houston's KUBE TV last season: