With spring break behind them, the Lowry High School baseball team was back on the field this past weekend for a three-game series against league-leading Fernley.
Last on the field for a game on April 2, the Buckaroos were sluggish in the opener on Friday against the Vaqueros but ended the day in spectacular fashion.
After collecting just two hits and striking out 11 times in the first five innings, Lowry scored two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to walk off in style with a 4-3 win.
Fernley scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to lead 2-0 and was in cruise control until the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs.
The Vaqueros’ Justin Reeves struck out the first two batters of the frame to increase his total 13 for the day.
However, a two-out walk to Zach Fernandez started a two-out rally. Kaiden Boyles followed with his second double of the day to put runners on second and third.
Lowry would score two runs without the aid of a hit, as Reeves threw a passed ball and wild pitch to allow Fernandez and Boyles to score and tie the game.
After surrendering the lead, Fernley scored once in the top of the seventh to go back in front 3-2. Reeves picked up his 14th strikeout with the opening batter of the seventh inning, but gave a walk to Erick Bergenheier in a pinch-hit role. The Buckaroos were down to their final out after another strikeout but Anthony Guzman kept Lowry alive with a base hit to centerfield.
Marcus Montes, who started for Lowry and pitched six innings, tied the game one batter later with a single to score ReiCyan Grau, who was running for Bergenheier.
Lowry completed the comeback and won the game on a flare over second base off the bat of Fernandez that scored Mendoza.
Boyles had two of Lowry’s six hits and Montes, Fernandez, Guzman and Brayden Dennis each had one.
Montes received a no-decision in his six innings of work, allowing two runs (One earned) on four hits. He struck out nine and walked three. Boyles earned the win in an inning of relief. He allowed one run on one hit and he walked two.
The two teams were back on the field on Saturday and Fernley swept the doubleheader 9-1 and 15-0. Lowry now stands at 6-10 overall, 6-6 in the Northern 3A and 3-3 in the Northern 3A East.
Fernley scored two runs in the first and fourth innings to grab a 4-0 advantage and held Lowry to three hits. The Buckaroos did not have a hit through four innings until Jordan Bills led off the fifth with a single.
He would score two batters later after a double by Adam Brooks. That proved to be all the offense, as Bergenheier added the final Buckaroo hit in the sixth inning.
Fernley added four runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Brooks started for Lowry and suffered the loss in 5.2 innings of work. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits.
In the series finale, Fernley scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings, including seven in the second inning to win 15-0 in three innings.
Lowry picked up base hits from Kasyn Garner, Boyles and Bergenheier. Dennis started for Lowry and took the loss.
He allowed nine runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Lowry hits the road this weekend for a three-game series with Spring Creek, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. The two squads play a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.