Cowgirls, Skyhawks split series

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls gained some traction in its uphill battle within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball standings, earning a four-game split at Fort Lewis over the weekend.

The Cowgirls (6-19, 3-13 RMAC) lost Sunday’s opener 8-7 but closed out the set with a win.

Game two — and the finale of the two-day series — saw the Cowgirls storm to an 8-1 win.

Highlands’ Melissa Martinez had one of her best pitching performances to date, limiting the Skyhawks to one earned run on two hits and one walk. She struck out 13 batters in improving to 4-12.

Alyssa Ramirez led all hitters, going 3 for 4 with a run. Natasha Reyes and Kristy Partridge each went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI apiece. Roxanne Avalos and Shelby Hoffman each went 2 for 4, and Alisha Perry was 1 of 3 with an RBI.

Highlands broke a 1-1 tie with five unanswered in the third.

In Sunday’s first game, the Skyhawks scored a walk-off winner with a run in the bottom of the seventh against Ashley Paiz.

The Cowgirls outhit the Skyhawks 11-8 in the game. Paiz led the way with a 2-for-5 effort and four RBI. Shelby Hoffman, Roxanne Avalos and Alyssa Ramirez were all 2 for 3.

Paiz went the distance on the mound for NMHU, allowing eight runs on eight hits and six walks.

Alyse Harris picked up the win in relief for FLC. Natalie Janes was the lone Skyhawk with multiple hits, going 2 of 4 with five RBI, including one of two FLC home runs in the game.

Notes: Highlands baseball battled to a 14-14 stalemate with Colorado Christian before running out of daylight on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

The teams will finish that game on May 6, when the Cougars are due to visit Las Vegas for a four-game series.

The Cowboys won the first three games of the weekend series, 11-2, 6-5 and 18-17.

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Luna Community College softball lost two close games, 3-2 and 5-4, Friday at Western Texas. The Rough Riders won 5-4 and lost 14-8 on Saturday.

LCC baseball won three of six  in Tucson’s Howell Classic. The Riders beat Pro Train White 11-4, Douglas College 10-9 and Langley Blaze 7-2. They lost to Odessa 10-1, Pima 10-2 and Midland 4-1.