FLC softball takes 1 from Colorado Mesa

Skyhawks’ sticks come alive in Game 1 of RMAC doubleheader

After getting swept in Saturday’s doubleheader, Fort Lewis College wanted to prove to Colorado Mesa – and itselves – that it had the sticks to compete with the Mavericks.

So, FLC did just that.

The Skyhawks’ softball team beat Colorado Mesa 6-2 in Game 1 of a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday in Grand Junction, then lost 8-3 in Game 2 to go 1-4 on the weekend.

“It was just a good all-around effort,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said of the Skyhawks’ victory.

Kassie Haubert picked up her second win of the season with a complete-game effort. She allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven.

“She pitched really well,” Zeiter said.

And the Skyhawks’ sticks backed her, too.

“We had 10 hits, timely hits,” Zeiter said. “And that’s the game of softball – solid defense and timely hitting.”

Kaitlyn Bending was 3-for-4 from the 2-hole in the lineup with a run scored and one run batted in.

Chelsea Rodriguez and Kaylynn Harmon followed her in the lineup with 2-for-4 games; Rodriguez scored a run, and Harmon had two RBIs.

Hayley Bolyard was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Colorado Mesa took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, but FLC responded with five runs in the next two innings for its sixth victory of the season and fourth in RMAC play.

FLC had 12 hits in Game 2, and the Skyhawks carried a 3-2 lead after 5½ innings, but the Mavericks’ stole the victory with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth.

“Again, they had the timely hits,” Zeiter said. “And we just couldn’t quite push ’em across like we did in the first game.”

Bolyard, Rodriguez, Kamali’i Peneku and Mariah Stuart had two hits each. Bolyard, Rodriguez and Stuart had RBIs.

Victoria Johnson took the loss in the Skyhawks’ circle.

“Our pitching circle was really strong,” Zeiter said.

FLC (6-13, 4-10 RMAC) will play RMAC doubleheaders next weekend at Regis.

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