Skyhawks softball starts fast, falters vs. CSU-Pueblo

A late home run in Game 1 gave the Skyhawks a victory in the first game of Monday’s tripleheader in Farmington.

But it proved to be tougher to crack the win column as the day wore on.

The Fort Lewis College softball team won the opener 12-11, then dropped the next two 6-1 and 10-3 to CSU-Pueblo on Monday.

Down 10-8 in the bottom of the sixth inning of the opener, the Skyhawks (5-10, 3-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) got an RBI single from Chelsea Rodriguez, and Destinee DeHerrera hit a three-run homer two batters later to give FLC the lead.

Katie Watkins made the lead stand up in the seventh inning, saving her first of the year for winning pitcher Victoria Johnson (2-2).

“When you come out with a good win like that over a good team like Pueblo, it’s always good to know you played a good ballgame,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said.

Rodriguez scored three times, while Kaylynn Harmon was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four driven in to pace FLC.

In Game 2, however, the bats went cold for the Skyhawks at the hands of CSU-Pueblo pitcher Kelli Henry (6-1), who allowed just four hits and one run while striking out seven in a complete-game effort.

FLC starter Kassie Haubert (1-6) surrendered six runs on 14 hits in the loss.

“I think in Game 2, our bats just went cold,” Zeiter said. “They had a real nice pitching performance, and we just didn’t get any runs across.

“You have to just give credit sometimes to the other pitcher.”

The ThunderWolves (11-5, 8-3 RMAC) rode a five-run second inning to victory in the third game of the day as part of a tripleheader caused by poor weather conditions this weekend.

Alexa Snyder drove in three runs and went 3-for-4 to pace CSUP to a 10-3 victory.

Katie Watkins (2-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits in just one inning of play. Only two of the runs were earned as FLC committed three errors.

“That’s one of those you look back at, and you’re like, ‘Well, we had one bad inning,’” Zeiter said. “And without that rough inning, that game is a different story.”

DeHerrera and Kamali’i Peneku each went 2-for-3 and drove in a run apiece in the final game of the afternoon.

Up next for Fort Lewis is a trip to Colorado Mesa for four games, starting with Saturday’s doubleheader in Grand Junction.

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