Nighthawks’ softball players earn All-Region recognition

National Park College's Madalynn Thompson earns All-Region recognition.

    HOT SPRINGS, AR. – Four members of the National Park College (NPC) Nighthawks softball team were named to the 2021 NJCAA Division II All-Region II team. Their award this week is for their outstanding performance on the field this season.

    Nighthawk sophomore Emily Cecil (Conway), freshmen Madalynn Thompson (Bryant), Madeline Bruce (Conway) and Baley Williams (Alma) were among 15 student-athletes named to the elite team this season.

    Emily Cecil joins teammates on All-Region team.

    Cecil led the Nighthawks with team highs in batting average (.434), hits (49), RBI (37), and doubles (14). She is also serving as NPC’s career leader in each of those categories. Thompson batted .390, while leading the Nighthawks in home runs (9), and runs scored (38).

    She finished second on the team in hits (48), and RBI (36) this season. The freshman finished the regular season tied for first place in NPC career home runs (9), and runs scored (38). Bruce batted .367 this season, with 47 hits, 27 RBI and 24 stolen bases.

    The freshman finished the regular season tied for first place in NPC career triples (3). Williams batted .348 this season with 40 hits, 25 RBI, five home runs and 25 runs scored.


    NPC coach proud of her All-Region players

    “I am so proud of these four!” said NPC head coach Jessie Taylor. “They’ve put in the work this season and produced at the plate, and on the field. It’s awesome to see that other coaches in the region recognize that as well. Seeing four NPC selections the first year we’ve been able to vote for an All-Region team makes me extremely excited for the future of this program.”

    “It is always exciting to see Nighthawks honored for their on-field performance,” NPC athletic director Jason Hudnell said. “I’m especially proud of how hard these ladies work, both on the field, and in the classroom.”

    NPC played Carl Albert State College in the NJCAA Region II Tournament in Pryor, Okla., Friday morning.