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. It’s good to leave Vegas on a high note,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said.

Saturday’s 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 we’re capable of; it’s 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 they’re 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.