Skyhawks’ bats go cold after their long drive

After its 12-hour, 692-mile drive to Kearney, Neb., the Fort Lewis College softball team forgot its bats somewhere along the Colorado/Nebraska border.

Their pitching worked just fine, however.

“After such a long drive, you’d hope to rally around that, but it just didn’t happen,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said.

Nebraska-Kearney swept the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader 5-2, 2-0 on Saturday.

FLC had nine hits in Game 1 but stranded 12 runners on base.

“That game could’ve easily gone the other way,” Zeiter said. “We just didn’t get hits at the right time, and that’s what softball is all about: timely hitting.”

Alexis Villegas was the hard-luck loser in the Skyhawks’ circle in the first game; Kassie Haubert was the hard-luck loser in the Skyhawks’ circle in the second game.

“Our pitching was very good,” Zeiter said.

Natalie Janes’ double scored Chelsea Rodriguez – who singled to start the rally – in the third inning of Game 1, and Cierra Walters’ sacrifice fly scored Hayley Bolyard in the sixth for the Skyhawks’ only two runs Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to making adjustments at the plate (today) and getting back to hitting like we know we can,” said Zeiter, whose Skyhawks will play UNK at 10 a.m. and noon today.