’Hawks salvage RMAC split

Fort Lewis softball facing key series at Kearney

Another day, another doubleheader split for the Fort Lewis College softball team on the road against New Mexico Highlands.

The Skyhawks salvaged the split with a 6-3 win in Game 2 after the Cowgirls eight-run fourth rallied them for a 15-9 win in the opener Sunday in Las Vegas, N.M.

Chelsea Rodriguez of Fort Lewis, who entered the day hitting a whopping .492, was 2-for-3 with her 14th home run of the season, three runs scored and three RBIs in the finale.

Destinee DeHerrera added two hits and a run, while Myndee Thompson was 3-for-4.

“We hit the ball well pretty much all day,” Fort Lewis head coach Kira Zeiter said. “Especially in Game 2 it was nice to get a lot of clutch hits.”

Kassie Haubert (9-5) picked up the win by throwing seven innings and allowing three runs on eight hits.

“She does really well when she gets ahead of batters and keeps her walks down,” Zeiter said.

The Skyhawks jumped to an 8-4 lead in the first game before the Cowgirls rallied, scoring eight times in the fourth inning to take a 12-8 lead they’d never relinquish.

An error in the inning by Fort Lewis opened the door for NMHU’s rally.

“We made a couple costly mistakes, and that was pretty much the difference,” Zeiter said. “Both teams had two errors, but our team had an opportunity where it was a costly error.”

DeHerrera homered in a 4-for-5 effort in the opener, while Stephanie Janes went deep in a 2-for-4 performance for the Skyhawks, who outhit Highlands 16-15. Alexis Villegas (6-7) took the loss in the circle for FLC.

The split puts Fort Lewis College at 22-14 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 24-21 overall heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

The Skyhawks could use as many wins as possible at Nebraska-Kearney plus a bit of help as they look to improve their seed for the RMAC tournament.

“I think next weekend, those four games are probably the most important we’ve played all year,” Zeiter said. “It not only determines seeding but also determines who’s in the RMAC tournament that next weekend.”