Just a few weeks after Northwestern State softball’s Cayla Jones took home Louisiana Freshman of the Year honors, the Lady Demons added another freshman who took home player of the year honors in her state.
Nicole Skerlong signed with NSU after capturing the Mississippi Association of Junior Community and Junior Colleges Player of the Year as a freshman at Hinds Community College.
Skerlong added NJCCAA Division II All-American honors (third team) to that lengthy honors earlier this week.
The shortstop led the Lady Eagles in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.496), RBIs (53), run scored (56) and home runs (seven).
“Nikki will certainly add depth to the left side of our infield,” said NSU coach Donald Pickett. “She’s a great kid, and we’re looking forward to seeing what she can do at this level.
“Nikki has worked really hard to get to where she’s at, and that work ethic she serve her well in Natchitoches.”
Skerlong compiled a whopping .921 slugging percentage with a .576 on-base percentage to supplement strong defensive skills. She will have three seasons of eligibility.
The Eros native starred at Ouachita High in Monroe, helping the Lady Lions to a Class 5A state title in 2014 and a championship appearance in 2017. Ouachita also advanced to the state semifinals in 2016.
Skerlong was a four-time all-district player and one coaches all-state honor.
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Hinds Community College