Nighthawks Softball Drops Home Opener

The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawk softball team dropped its historic home opener with two losses to Tyler Junior College Friday, falling to the Apaches, 9-0 and 14-0, respectively.

After allowing four runs in the top of the first inning in game one, Nighthawk pitcher Quashia Dickens (Gurdon) settled down over the second and third innings, fanning three batters. In the fourth inning, however, the Apaches extended their lead behind back-to-back home runs to chase Dickens for Nighthawk pitcher Sarah Todd (Mayflower). While NPC continued to struggle at the plate, offensively, Tyler Junior College knocked a two-run homer in the fifth inning to seal the win.

Braelynne Bates running to base.Todd and Hannah Harvey (Lakeside, Ca.) batted .500 while Megan Beene (Carlisle) and Braelynne Bates (Mt. Ida) finished 1-3 for the game. Dickens picked up the loss in four innings of work.

In game two, Tyler Junior College took advantage of Nighthawk errors and cold hitting to build a 4-0 lead early by the third inning. A 10-run fifth inning iced the game for the Apaches, sending NPC to its fourth-consecutive loss to open the season.

Beene and Cherokee Fields (Fountain Lake) batted .500 while Emily Cecil (Conway) finished 1-3 for the game. Dickens recorded the loss in two innings of work.

Nighthawks softball travels to Memphis on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to face Southwest Tennessee Community College. First pitch for the double header is at 2 p.m. Nighthawks baseball plays host to Henderson State University Monday, Feb. 10 for a double header, beginning at 12 p.m.

For more information on schedules, rosters and more, visit Nighthawks Baseball and Nighthawks Softball online. Fans can also follow the Nighthawks all season on social media. Fans can also follow the Nighthawks all season on social media.

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