College Signing

Brighton Hudson to pitch for Mount Olive

May 30, 2014 

Brighton Hudson signs with the University of Mount Olive with his parents (seated) W.C. and Cindy Hudson, (standing, from left) Garner athletic director Nelson Smith, his brother, Jordan, Garner baseball coach Derik Goffena and principal Drew Cook.

COURTESY OF JASON BOYETTE — COURTESY OF JASON BOYETTE

Parents: W.C. and Cindy Hudson

High School: Garner

Height, Weight: 5-foot-10, 180 pounds

Also Considered: UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Ohio State

Why Mount Olive? “It kind of just popped up out of nowhere, but the first time I talked to Coach (Carl) Lancaster, I knew I liked the program. My visit there was great and it was just like home.”

Major: Business Management or Marketing

Notable: Brighton went 16-3 during his junior and senior years combined for Garner, going 9-0 as a junior. So losing that first game as a senior was something he hadn’t experienced in a long time. “I hadn’t lost a game (as a starting pitcher) since the sixth grade,” he said. … But there were far more good times with the left-hander on the mound for Garner than there were those. “Going to the fourth round of the playoffs last year is something a lot of teams don’t get to experience,” he said. … In college, he wants to become more consistent with all three of his pitches (fastball, curveball and change-up). “I want to be confident in all three pitches and not always rely on one of them,” he said. … He played for the Carolina Cubs and the Canes during travel ball season.

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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