Mavericks swing ‘some good sticks’

Colorado Mesa sweeps FLC softball Saturday in Grand Junction

The top half of Colorado Mesa’s lineup did most of the damage against starting pitchers Kassie Haubert, Victoria Johnson and the Fort Lewis College softball team in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday in Grand Junction.

The Mavericks’ top five hitters accounted for four runs, six hits and six runs batted in a 7-2 victory Game 1. They came back with eight runs, eight hits and 11 RBIs in a 13-2 victory Game 2.

“They had some key hits at some key times,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said. “That’s the game of softball: timely hits.”

Mavericks’ leadoff hitter Nicole Robinson set the table Game 1 with a 3-for-5 game. She scored twice. She had a run and an RBI in Game 2.

No. 3 hitter Makayla Kovac was 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the sixth inning Game 1, and cleanup hitter Jessica Severinsen followed Kovac’s lead with a back-to-back shot in the Mavericks’ three-run sixth.

Severinsen earned the Game 1 victory in the circle, too. She improved to 8-1 with a seven-inning, complete-game effort. She allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits. She walked two and struck out four.

Colorado Mesa hit Haubert (1-7) for six runs – five earned – on nine hits in five innings. She walked three and struck out two. Katie Watkins allowed a run on two hits in one inning of relief.

FLC scored twice in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

Mariah Stuart, who was 2-for-3, started the rally with a single. Cierra Walters reached on a fielder’s choice, and Missy Fundora reached on an error. Kaitlyn Bunding singled home Walters, and Destinee DeHerrera singled home Fundora.

Game 2, the Mavericks’ No. 2 hitter, Tawnee Woosley was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. Kovac was 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI. Cleanup hitter Brooke Ortale was 3-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs and a two-run home run.

Megan Smith had a hit and a pair of RBIs, and Lindsay Drayer had two hits and two runs.

Chelsea Rodriguez and Hayley Bolyard had two of the Skyhawks’ four hits and both their RBIs – both solo home runs. It was Rodriguez’s third of the year and Bolyard’s second.

Courtney Chreves earned the win for the Mavericks.

Victoria Johnson took the loss for the Skyhawks; she was followed in the circle by Watkins and Haubert.

“They’ve got some good sticks in that lineup,” Zeiter said. “But so do we, and that’s our focus for (Sunday) ... turn the tables.”

FLC (5-12, 3-9 RMAC) will play Colorado Mesa (11-6-1, 9-2-1 RMAC) in another RMAC doubleheaders at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday in Grand Junction.

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