New head coach Kira Zeiter finally got the chance to learn what the roster she inherited from former Fort Lewis College softball coach Pam Adams could do.
Unfortunately for Zeiter and FLC, the weekend provided more of a learning experience than theyd hoped.
The Skyhawks went 1-4 in the season-opening Desert Stinger in Las Vegas, capping the tournament on Sunday with a 3-1 loss to Notre Dame de Namur.
This was a starting point for us, Zeiter said. Our coaching staff along with the team, we know now what we need to focus on two weeks from now when we start (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play).
FLC opened Friday with a narrow 11-10 loss to Upper Iowa. The Skyhawks rallied with three seventh-inning runs before falling one short. Fort Lewis pounded out 15 hits, and Chelsea Rodriguez, Kayla Bruner and Cierra Walters had three hits apiece.
The Skyhawks fell in Fridays nightcap to St. Edwards 13-3 in a game shortened to five innings by a 10-run mercy rule. Stacy Giles hit two homers for the Hilltoppers, while Jordan Willis led FLC by going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The tide turned for the Skyhawks in Saturdays matinee, where FLC bested St. Martins 7-6. The Skyhawks scored four runs in the seventh before holding off St. Martins three-run rally.
Kassie Haubert, who lost the opener to Upper Iowa, got the victory by allowing just two earned runs over seven innings. Bruner drove in four runs while going 2-for-4, and Destinee DeHerrera chipped in a pair of hits.
Fort Lewis took a step back in Saturdays nightcap, however, getting routed 22-2 by Augustana College in five innings. FLC mustered just a pair of hits against 21 for Augustana, and Alyse Harris took her second loss of the weekend in the circle.
Willis home run provided FLCs lone run in Sundays loss to Notre Dame de Namur.
Fort Lewis opens RMAC play when it returns to the field Feb. 26 for a weekend series at UC-Colorado Springs. For Zeiter, getting tested early in Las Vegas is something she expects to pay dividends in the RMAC.
Its always nice to get those early games in. ... We can see what our focus should be before we start conference, she said.