Skyhawks’ softball stung at the Desert Stinger


Skyhawks’ softball stung at the Desert Stinger

Western Washington, Grand Canyon sweep FLC in its season openers

The Fort Lewis College softball team opened the season with a pair of losses at the annual Desert Stinger tournament in Las Vegas.

The Skyhawks lost 18-2 to Western Washington in a five-inning opener.

FLC rallied in the second game, taking an early lead before falling to Grand Canyon University of Phoenix 11-3 in brutally cold conditions in Nevada.

“It was so cold. I felt sorry for the girls,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said.

“The final score (in the second game) did not reflect how close the game was,” Zeiter said.

FLC took a 3-0 lead over Grand Canyon, but the Antelopes rallied for the win on a game-ending grand slam.

In the opener, Western Washington jumped out quickly, amassing 14 runs in the first inning, 10 of them charged to FLC starting pitcher Kassie Haubert (0-1), who failed to record an out.

Katie Watkins came on in relief and surrendered eight runs on 11 hits in five innings.

Haubert came back and pitched a complete game against Grand Canyon.

Chelsea Rodriguez drove in both runs for FLC (0-1) with a fifth-inning double in the opener.

Alexie Levin drove in three runs and scored a pair with two hits for Western Washington (4-5). Jordan Walley homered as part of a 2-for-2 afternoon for the Vikings while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs.

FLC will play West Texas A&M and Central Washington on Saturday at the Desert Stinger in Las Vegas.

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