Back in the swing of things

And in the process, Natalie Janes sets a Skyhawks’ record

The Fort Lewis College softball team got its offense going again Saturday after hitting a bit of a rut last weekend against CSU-Pueblo.

In Game 2 against Western New Mexico in Silver City, N.M., it got the pitching to match and moved percentage points ahead of CSU-Pueblo in the race for the league title.

FLC scored four runs in the seventh in Game 1 to pull out a 13-9 win before routing the Mustangs 12-2 in five innings in Game 2.

The two teams see-sawed back and forth in the opener, with FLC pulling ahead 9-6 in the fourth inning before Western N.M. squared things at 9 in the bottom of the sixth. But the Skyhawks tallied four times in the top of the seventh before hanging on to win.

Destinee DeHerrera, Stephanie Janes and Chelsea Rodriguez all homered for the Skyhawks in the first game.

“It feels good to have a good day of softball again,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said. “It’s good to be on the right track.”

The Skyhawks (20-15, 18-8 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) jumped out early in the late game, scoring six times in the first inning and six times in the second.

In the process, Natalie Janes drove in a pair of runs to set the school’s career record for RBIs, passing Jenna Peters. She also pulled closer to setting the school’s career hits record as she trails only Kate Hubert in that category.

Kassie Haubert (7-4) threw all five innings to pick up the victory. She allowed two runs on five hits.

“She was great keeping them off balance with all her pitches, mixing speeds and spots,” Zeiter said.

FLC will meet the Mustangs (12-27, 7-19 RMAC) in another RMAC doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. today.