Norton, Madruga and Richards recognized as scholar-athletes
Simpson University Sports News
Norton, the California Pacific Conference Player of the Year, started every game and compiled a .474 batting average while driving in 38 runs and scoring 47 for the 39-9 Red Hawks. The Ceres, Calif., native ranked in the top 20 in the nation in four offensive categories: sixth in doubles per game (.396), 11th in total doubles (19), 17th in hits per game (1.542), and 18th in batting average. Twice this season she produced four-hits games—the first against Vanguard in March and again in April against Embry-Riddle.
Madruga, a catcher from San Diego, Calif., batted .304 this season while starting almost half of the Red Hawks' games. In conference games, Madruga was even more productive, hitting .333 with three RBI in three starts.
Richards saw action at first base and as a designated hitter, and ended the spring with a .300 batting average overall and belted six home runs in just 16 starts. In Cal Pac play, the El Dorado Hills, Calif., native hit .375 with a pair of homers.
The NAIA named 297 softball student-athletes to this year's Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes. Bethel (Tenn.) and William Carey (Miss.) are tied for the most individuals on the list with seven each. Central Methodist (Mo.), Indiana Wesleyan, Midland (Neb.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.) are all tied for third-most with six each.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
Story by Matthew Davis, Cal Pac SID
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