Nicole Hudson fueled by hometown pride
Summer tests your resolve the moment you step outside in the southwest corner of Missouri, down where the state runs up against the border of Oklahoma. It's hot, it's humid and ever since humans mastered the art of central air conditioning, it's the kind of place that makes it so very tempting to curl up on a couch and wait for fall.
Frankly, as much as Nicole Hudson loved softball while growing up in Webb City, part of greater Joplin, Mo., there were times when even she ...
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