A monster week at the plate from McKenna Hefley sent the Skyhawks to six wins in eight games and landed her a conference award.
The Fort Lewis College junior lifted FLC to a 5-2 win under the lights of Aspen Field on Friday night against New Mexico Highlands, as she belted a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning with FLC trailing 2-1. The next day, she hit two home runs in her first two at-bats of a 10-2 win against the Cowgirls, and she would hit another three-run homer in a 7-5 win in the series finale to help the Skyhawks to a sweep.
Including a split of a four-game series at Colorado State University-Pueblo earlier in the week, Hefley went 11-for-27 at the plate with four homers, 18 runs batted in and six runs scored.
In the four-game series against New Mexico Highlands, she finished 7-for-13 with the four homers, 14 RBIs and five runs scored. That earned her the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award Tuesday.
A catcher and infield utility player from Las Vegas, Hefley now has six home runs this season and is batting for a .326 average. She has 28 RBIs, has scored 18 times and 16 of her 30 hits have gone for extra bases.
She has helped FLC win eight of its last 12 games after a tough stretch in which the Skyhawks won three games in their previous 11.
FLC is now 12-16 overall and 12-12 in RMAC play with three four-game series’ left to play with two trips to Denver to face Metropolitan State University of Denver and Regis sandwiched around a home stand with Black Hills State.
The Skyhawks are sixth in the RMAC standings going into this week’s games.