Gamers of the Week

 Female Gamer of the Week to Freshman Kinsey Hudson of St. Albans High School.

Kinsey Hudson is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s female Gamer of the Week to Freshman Kinsey Hudson of St. Albans High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The Lady Dragons softball team didn’t take a week off over Spring Break as they were able pick up six wins in their last seven games. The Dragons were able to beat South Charleston, Buffalo, Capital, and Greenbrier East twice in dominating fashion. One standout player that has helped to provide a spark on the plate and in the batter’s box is freshman Kinsey Hudson. The freshman presence is most felt by the opposing team as she pitched in all of St. Albans six wins last week and is coming close to passing 100 strike outs on the year. In her best performances of her young high school career Hudson struck out 16 batters against Buffalo, 12 batters against South Charleston and only allowed one hit against Capital in an 11-0 victory. Hudson also gets it done on the offensive end as she is batting over .400 for the season. 

When asked about what motivates her Kinsey responded, “I am very motivated to get at least 100 strike outs for the season. My parents have been there for me every step of the way and have supported me through my success and my failures. Being able to do that for them and myself would be a great accomplishment in my first varsity year.” When asked about what the team’s main goal for the year is she replied, “We first and foremost want to make it out of regions. It is one of the toughest regions in the state but to be able to win our regional means we can make it to states. It’s going to be tough but we believe in each other to make it happen.”

The Lady Dragons returned many of last year’s players that were fairly young. Posting a 12-7 overall record the Dragons believe they are starting to hit their stride and hope they can continue to play on their current high level. When asked about his team, Coach Christian Watts said, “Last season our girls did much better than anyone expected them to do. They play for each other and I believe that’s why they have been successful this year. Our upperclassman and newcomers have done an excellent job working together during adversity.” When asked about Kinsey’s play this year Coach Watts said, “For only being a freshman she is doing as good as a job you can ask. Playing middle school ball last year and playing AAA varsity ball she has adapted well and her confidence and resiliency continues to improve every game. She’s growing not only as an individual but as a teammate as she puts the team’s goals over her own. For a freshman she has grown up fast and has become one of the leaders with the upperclassman.” Coach Watts and the Dragons are hoping to ride their momentum off a great week and plan to make their presence known during post-season play.

Kinsey currently has a 3.6 GPA and is the daughter of Kim and Joey Hudson and she also participates in FCA at SAHS. She would like to continue playing softball at Virginia Tech and study Sports Medicine.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Female Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.