Skyhawks playing for RMAC title in softball

Fort Lewis came into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament as the eighth seed.

Now, the Skyhawks (26-27) will play for the RMAC tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Division II tournament at 2:15 p.m. today at Bergman Field. Fort Lewis overcame four errors and rallied to defeat the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 11-10 on Friday night.

“In this conference, seeding didn’t matter,” Fort Lewis senior Chelsea Rodriguez said. “We came in knowing seeding didn’t matter. The level of competition is so even across the board. We came in and beat a one seed (Colorado Mesa). You’ve got to believe that anything is possible. That’s our motto right now, ‘Believe.’ “

Fort Lewis entered the RMAC tournament losing 12 of its past 16 games, but upended top-seeded Colorado Mesa 14-9 in the first round on Thursday.

“Softball is a game of momentum,” Fort Lewis coach Kira Zeiter said. “We had a great fourth game in our last regular-season series. We took that momentum we had with all that offense and carried it into this weekend. We were relaxed. We knew no matter what anyone’s seed was, this was up for grabs.”

The Skyhawks took an early 5-0 lead, but UCCS rallied to tie the game in the third.

Fort Lewis briefly regained the lead in the top of the fourth, but UCCS scored four in the bottom half and led 10-7 through five innings.

The Skyhawks scored three runs in the sixth to tie the game. Myndee Thompson singled home two runs and scored on Haley Bolyard’s single.

In the seventh, Missy Fundora led off with a triple and scored on Adriana Rosthenhausler’s double.

Sophomore Victoria Johnson limited the Mountain Lions 
(27-18) to three hits in three innings of relief for the victory.

“What a great game,” Zeiter said. “The whole team played their hearts out. I’m very proud of all of them. It was a hard-fought game on both sides. I’m really proud how we came through in the clutch situations in the seventh. The whole team has a great feeling going into tomorrow.”

Metro State 13, Adams State 5: The Roadrunners 
(29-15) won their second consecutive game in the elimination bracket to extend their season.

Metro pounded out nine extra-base hits in the late-night game. Kelsey Tillery was 2 for 4 with a double, home run and four RBI.

The Grizzlies were eliminated.

Metro State 9, Chadron State 1: The Roadrunners scored six runs in the sixth inning to win by the eight-run rule after six in an elimination game.

Dani Sandel was 2 for 3 with four RBI, including a three-run triple in the sixth.

The Eagles were eliminated.

Adams State 5, CSU-Pueblo 2 (10): Erika Ecsedy hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to keep the Grizzlies alive.

CSU-Pueblo and Adams State each scored one run in the fourth, but were shut out until the 10th.

The ThunderWolves (27-21) pushed one run across on a base hit before giving up four runs in the bottom half. CSU-Pueblo, seeded second, was eliminated.

Fort Lewis 5, Metro State 0: Victoria Johnson limited the Roadrunners to five hits and three walks in the complete-game victory.

Kamali’i Peneku hit a three-run triple in the first inning for all the run support Johnson needed.

CU-Colo. Springs 12, CSU-Pueblo 1: The Mountain Lions scored six runs in sixth inning to end the game by run-rule to reach the semifinal game.

Jessica Belsterling was 3 for 3 with five RBI, including a two-run home run in the second.


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