Skyhawks earn split with Yellow Jackets

FLC wins three on the weekend

After losing the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader with Black Hills State, the Fort Lewis College softball team used a couple of big innings to sap the drama from the weekend’s final game.

The Skyhawks won the late game 13-5 over the Yellow Jackets, avenging Sunday morning’s 9-6 loss at Rickets Field in Farmington.

FLC (5-8, 3-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) led 7-0 in the finale before BHSU rallied with five runs in the top of the fourth inning. But FLC responded with four runs in the bottom half of the frame and two more in the fifth to bring the eight-run mercy rule into play.

Alexis Villegas moved to 3-1 by throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Kassie Haubert. Kamali’i Peneku homered twice and drove in three runs, and Kaylynn Harmon drove in six runs in a 3-for-4 afternoon, which included a home run.

Game 1 was tied at 1 heading into the fifth, when the Yellow Jackets (1-8, 1-3 RMAC) exploded for five runs. The Skyhawks, however, answered with five of their own, but BHSU scored three times in the final two innings off relief pitcher Stephanie Janes to claim victory.

Chelsea Rodriguez hit her fifth homer of the year for the Skyhawks, part of a 2-for-3 game with three RBIs. Harmon also homered to drive in a pair of runs.

FLC heads to Adams State for a four-game series starting at noon Saturday.