Nighthawks Down Rockets In NJCAA Opener

NPC's Abigail Pittman swings the bat and the ball goes flying.The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawk softball team (18-10, 2-0) swept Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) in its NJCAA Region II opener Tuesday, picking up a 4-0 victory in the opener and earning a 9-2 victory in game two.

In game one, NPC got on the board in the first inning when sophomore center fielder Emma Hayes (Munford, Alabama) scored on a fielding error. The Nighthawks added a run in the third inning on an RBI triple from sophomore designated player Jadyn Hart (Magazine) before batting in the final two runs of the game on an RBI sacrifice fly from freshman shortstop Logan Nies (Rockwall, Texas) and an RBI groundout by Hart in the fourth inning.

Freshman pitcher Makenna Keeton (Morrilton) picked up her fifth win of the season, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts in the complete game victory. Hayes led NPC at the plate, finishing three-for-four in the win.

NPC cruised to an easy victory in game two, jumping out to a 6-0 lead through three innings and never looking back. The Nighthawks plated two runs in the first inning on fielder’s choices from freshman catcher Gracie Redmon (Benton) and freshman first baseman Reagan Torres (Fort Worth, Texas).

In the second inning, NPC took advantage of defensive miscues to score three runs before adding their sixth run of the game on a line drive RBI single from Hayes in the third inning.

SAU Tech got on the board in the fourth inning, smacking a two-run home run, but NPC answered back with one run in the bottom of the inning, followed by a two-run fifth inning to secure the series sweep.

In the circle, Hart shined, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts over seven innings. Nies, Hayes, sophomore designated player Abigail Pittman (Jonesboro) and freshman catcher Gracie Redmon (Benton) finished with two hits apiece in the win.

NPC plays host to State Fair Community College in a double header Tuesday, March 21 beginning at noon at Majestic Park. The games will be streamed live on the Nighthawk Network.

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