Chaffin nabs Southland accolades after red-hot hitting surge

HOT HITTER:  Airline product Makenzie Chaffin went 7-for-11 at the plate with two home runs to earn the Southland Conference’s softball offensive player of the week award. (Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State)


NATCHITOCHES – The hottest bat in the Northwestern State lineup this past weekend, Airline High School product Makenzie Chaffin, was named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week on Monday. 

Chaffin, a junior outfielder, helped the Lady Demons (11-7) to an undefeated Natchitoches Historic Development District Lady Demon Classic weekend by going 7-for-11 (.636) at the plate with a pair of home runs, two RBIs and a 1.182 slugging percentage. 

On top of her seven hits, she walked twice and stole a pair of bases allowing her to tie for the team lead on the weekend with five runs scored. 

Chaffin had two different 3-for-3 performances at the plate, one each against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State, as the Demons as a team pounded out 32 hits and scored 24 runs in their four wins. 

The Bossier City native hit her first home run of the season, a no-doubter, to right as part of NSU’s run-rule win over Jackson State on Saturday night. She followed with her second dinger of the season against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon to help secure the 6-1 win and perfect weekend for the team. 

Chaffin is second on the team with a .353 batting average and is tied for the lead with a .490 slugging percentage, while also leading the team with four sacrifice hits this season, showing her versatility with the bat. She was a third-team All-Southland selection last season on track to graduate this spring.