When it came to choosing her college future, Ardmore’s Emma Nightengale was all about where she could grow not just as a softball player, but as a Christian.

When it came to choosing her college future, Ardmore’s Emma Nightengale was all about where she could grow not just as a softball player, but as a Christian.

She found the perfect combination in Southern Nazarene University.

Tuesday afternoon in front of her teammates, friends and classmates at the Ardmore High School Commons area, the Lady Tigers softball standout inked her National Letter of Intent to play college softball for the Crimson Storm in Bethany. 

“This feels amazing,” Nightengale said. “It feels neat to be able to represent my hometown. This is definitely given by God so I’m very thankful for that.”

“The fact that the campus is Christian based really stood out to me,” Nightengale said. “The coaches are phenomenal, and the atmosphere itself on campus is really great as well.”

In her final season as a member of the Lady Tigers squad, Nightengale hit .325 for the year along with totaling 27 hits, 10 RBI’s and scoring 23 runs.

She was also a member of the 2017 State Quarterfinalist Lady Tigers team which won the regional championship.

This season Ardmore made the regional finals before bowing out against Guthrie.

Nightengale will look to add an offensive spark to a Crimson Storm program which won 27 games last year and 28 games the year before.

In total, the Crimson Storm softball program has registered three straight seasons of 20 or more wins.

“My support system is what keeps me going,” Nightengale said. “I feel like the adversity we had with our tough district has really helped me get prepared for what I’m going to face in college and the competition there. I’m very appreciative to everyone who showed up for this.”

Nightengale said she plans to study psychology at Southern Nazarene.