SHADYSIDE - The Hudson brothers - Logan and Cody - had pretty good athletic careers at Shadyside High School, as did B.A. Holloway.
The trio returned to the friendly confines of Fleming Field on a beautiful Tuesday night for baseball and helped lead Maynard to a 1-0 victory over the Casket Makers in Steele and Cook Insurance Ohio Valley Baseball League action.
"These are all my buddies here. I'm a Shadyside kid and grew up here," said Logan, a 2011 SHS graduate, who hurled the complete-game shutout by scattering four hits and continually working out of jams early. "They give me stuff all the time. I just wanted to come out and throw my game back in my hometown.
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MAYNARD PITCHER Logan Hudson delivers to the plate during a game earlier this season. Hudson was sharp on Monday, shutting out Shadyside at Fleming Field.
"I haven't pitched here in three or four years, so it felt really good to get back out there (on the mound)," he added. "(Shadyside High) Coach Mike (Meintel) did a good job with it (the mound)."
Logan's younger brother of two years picked up the game-winning RBI with a first inning single, while Holloway singled twice, doubled and made a couple of fielding gems at the hot corner.
"It feels awesome," Cody said. "It feels really good."
Holloway echoed those sentiments.
"Those guys (Shadyside) played a heckuva game," he praised. "They are an up-and-coming team."
Maynard (8-4), the defending league champions, got things going with one out in the first when Max Schimmel singled to right-center. He advanced to second when the ball was misplayed and scored one pitch later when Cody Hudson rifled a single through the right side of the infield.
"Nathan usually throws a first-pitch fastball so I was ready for it," Cody Hudson said. "I knew it was coming and I took it the other way."
Schimmel stumbled rounding third but still scored without a play.
The rest of the game belonged to current Wheeling Jesuit University product Logan Hudson, who needed just 93 pitches (57 strikes) in the 1-hour, 32-minute contest. He only struck out four - two in the fourth and two to end the game - while issuing a pair of free passes.
"Everything felt good today," Logan Hudson explained. "I wish I would've felt like that a couple of weeks ago against the Wheeling Toppers, but it didn't work out."
Did it help that he knew all of the Shadyside (4-6) players?
"Not really," he admitted. "They are older than me. I only faced them once when I went to St. John my freshman year. It was a good time."
Taking the tough-luck loss was Butts, a 2009 SHS grad. He fanned three, walked five and allowed eight hits. He threw 106 pitches, with 65 being strikes.
"Nathan pitched a whale of a game," Logan Hudson said of his counterpart and friend. "Don't take anything away from him. He only gave up the one run.
"It's great when your friends do well, but it's even better when you win."
Holloway also expressed his feelings about Butts' effort.
"I've known Nathan for a long time and he threw a great game today," Holloway noted. "We've been neighbors for a long time, so it was fun."
Shadyside manager Patrick O'Donnell lauded both pitchers.
"You couldn't ask for any more," he said. "Both pitchers threw great games. The difference was we couldn't string any hits together."
Maynard stranded a dozen runners, including the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh, while Shadyside left four runners on, with three of those in scoring position.
Maynard hosts Hannibal Wednesday night at Firemen's Field, while Shadyside travels to Toronto's Red Knight Complex to face the Jefferson County Reds. Both games start at 6.
Maynard 100 000 0 - 1 8 1
Shadyside 000 000 0 - 0 4 1
M-L. Hudson wp (4K, 2W) and Ciatti; Schimmel 2S; C. Hudson S, rbi; Holloway 2S, D; Koch 2S
S-Butts lp (3K, 5W) and Stupak; Stupak 2S; Oberdick D; Coyne D
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