HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawks softball team (5-8) split its nonconference series with No. 18 Crowder College on Saturday, dropping a 12-5 decision in game one and picking up a 11-7 victory in game two.
In the series opener, the Nighthawks fell behind early and struggled to contain Crowder’s high-powered offense. Trailing, 5-0, entering the bottom of the third inning, NPC plated a couple of runs, but a four-run fourth inning from the Roughriders put the game out of reach.
Freshman Jadyn Hard (Paris) went 3-4 at the plate, including a solo home run, to lead NPC in hitting. Freshman Taylor Snow (Bentonville) got the start for NPC, allowing five runs on six hits over one inning of work.
Game two started off as a high-scoring affair for the Nighthawks and Roughriders. With three runs in the first inning, NPC grabbed the lead early. Crowder answered with three runs in the second to tie the game. Behind big home runs from Hart and freshman Abigail Pittman (Valley View) NPC plated four runs in the fourth inning, erasing a 6-4 deficit and taking the lead for good in the team’s fifth victory of the season.
At the plate, Hart finished 3-3 with two doubles and a home run in the win. Freshman Kacey Solida (Fouke) got the start in the circle, allowing three runs on four hits through one and one-third innings. Hart picked up the win, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts over three innings of work.
The Nighthawks face University of Arkansas Rich Mountain in a double header on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 1 and 3 p.m. in Mena.
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From NPC Nighthawks Communications