HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Heading into the 2019 softball season Hudson Softball Coach Wesley Capps knew he was going to have to replace his star pitcher Peyton Foster.
Foster was his go to when it came to his teams success last year. With 11 innings pitched, 151 strikeouts and a 1.76 ERA, Foster was one of the best pitchers in the state at the 4A level.
Sitting in the wings he already had his replacement. Odette Lopez will now take the circle for the Hornets as they look to make another deep run.
In fill in work last year, Lopez pitched 27 innings , allowing 15 runs, getting 32 strikeouts with an ERA of 0.76. He will have Lopez on the mound for one season before she heads off to Galveston College. Lopez signed her Letter of Intent on Tuesday, getting it down just a day after the team’s first scrimmage.
“They were so welcoming,” Lopez said. “I went down and met the girls and got to practice with them to get a feel of it. They were all studs out there so it is a good group of girls.”
The program being just a couple of hours from Lopez’s home and minutes from the beach made the school a good landing spot for the senior.
“The beach was one awesome point,” Lopez said. " The school is not too big and not too small."
Lopez is not worried about her new leadership role. Last year in the playoffs she was called upon when Foster was having an off night and Lopez cam in clutch.
“Peyotn had some great years,” Lopez said. “I will need to step up and fill those shoes and prove myself as a leader.”
She will get her first chance on Friday February 8 when Hudson opens the season against Lufkin.