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FLC softball season approaching

Skyhawks to begin Feb. 4-5 in New Mexico
Fort Lewis College head softball coach Dwight Sanders talks with assistant coach Paige Gumz while playing Adams State University last season at FLC. Sanders returns to the FLC’s helm for a second season after finishing 20-31 last year. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

With the spring season on the horizon, the Fort Lewis College softball team recently announced its 2023 schedule will feature 20 home games for Skyhawks fans to enjoy.

Fort Lewis’ 2023 campaign includes 53 total games with 20 home contents, 44 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games and nine nonconference showdowns.

The Skyhawks will open their season in Los Lunas, New Mexico, at the South-Central Regional Tournament (Feb. 4-5) hosted by Western New Mexico. The Skyhawks will square off with Lone Star Conference members Texas Permian Basin, West Texas A&M, and Western New Mexico as well as Great Northwest Athletic Conference member Simon Fraser.

The following week, Fort Lewis will head to the Lone Star State for another five contests at the West Texas A&M Invitational (Feb. 10-12). The Skyhawks will again take on the Buffaloes from West Texas while also playing two games each against Texas A&M Kingsville and Eastern New Mexico.

From then on, it's all about Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Skyhawks open their conference schedule on the road at the reigning regular season RMAC champion Colorado Mesa on Feb. 18-19. Other road series include Chadron State (March 4-5), Regis (March 18-19), MSU Denver (March 24-25), New Mexico Highlands (April 15-16), and Colorado Christian (April 28-29).

FLC will play its first home games at Aspen Field on Feb. 25-26 against the Colorado School of Mines. Additional home series include CSU Pueblo (March 11-12), Black Hills State (April. 1-2), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (April 6-7), and Adams State (April 22-23).

Fort Lewis College Head Coach Dwight Sanders will embark on his second season with the Skyhawks. Last season FLC finished 20-31 overall and 20-20 in RMAC play to secure the sixth and final spot in the RMAC Tournament. While the Skyhawks fell in back-to-back games against Regis and Colorado Mesa, Sanders has bolstered both the team’s roster and coaching staff with the addition of Paige Adair, 2022 D2CCA South Central Region and RMAC Pitcher of the Year, as a volunteer assistant coach.

The 2023 RMAC Tournament is slated for May 4-6 on the campus of the highest-seeded team. The tournament will feature just the top six of the 12 teams in the conference.