Fort Lewis College softball players Missy Fundora and Chelsea Rodriguez earned All-Desert Stinger first-team honors for their performance at last weekend’s tournament in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez was the lone returning selection from last year’s team, and she hit .462, going 6-for-13 with seven runs batted in, five runs scored, a home run and a .632 on-base percentage. It was a strong start for the third baseman, who enters her junior year with high expectations after setting FLC single-season records for batting average, hits, runs and walks and topping Division II in on-base percentage and walks a season ago.
“She’s proven to herself and to the conference what she is capable of at the plate and played a solid third base this past weekend,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
Fundora, a freshman outfielder, hit .500 (6-for-12) with three runs scored, a double and a run driven in in her first collegiate action.
“Missy is a tough out,” Zeiter said. “She has a full arsenal of things she can do at the plate and covers a bunch of ground in the outfield.”
Adrianna Sanchez of Cal State-Dominguez Hills was named Most Outstanding Player, while Kelly Unkrich of Colorado Mines and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference was tabbed the tournament’s top pitcher.
Jessica Belsterling of UC-Colorado Springs and Shelby Watts of New Mexico Highlands were first-team selections from RMAC teams, while Jourdan Hitchings of UC-Colorado Springs was a second-team choice.