Fort Lewis softball swings into wins

FLC picks up two victories in Las Vegas

After a rough start to the weekend, the Fort Lewis College softball team rebounded for a pair of victories to cap its trip to the Desert Stinger in Las Vegas.

The Skyhawks (2-3) rallied from an early deficit to top Central Washington 14-10 late Saturday night, then topped No. 25 Dixie State 6-5 on Sunday.

A very exciting finish. Its good to leave Vegas on a high note, FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said.

Saturdays late contest was a wild one. After losing earlier in the day, the Skyhawks fell behind 8-0 in the first inning against Central Washington. But Fort Lewis rebounded to score two in the bottom of the inning, then returned the favor with an eight-spot in the second. The Skyhawks added two more in the third and another pair of runs in the fifth to hold off CWU.

Victoria Johnson settled in after a rough first inning and allowed just two runs the rest of the way to pick up her first collegiate victory in the circle. Chelsea Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Kaylynn Harmon homered, scored three times and drove in three runs, while Tehenia Telliano drove in four runs for the Skyhawks.

I feel like we know what were capable of; its just a matter of getting out on the field and putting it into action, Zeiter said.

FLC hopped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning Sunday, then broke a 4-4 tie with a pair of runs in the sixth against Dixie State en route to victory. Myndee Thompson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Telliano, Laura Ashe and Mariah Stuart all drove in runs as the Skyhawks took advantage of three Dixie State errors.

Kassie Haubert (1-3) picked up the victory in relief of starter Katie Watkins.

It always feels good to end the weekend on a high note, and it just shows the team what theyre capable of, Zeiter said.

FLC will jump into Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with four games at UC-Colorado Springs on Feb. 23 and 24.