With a change in the Northern 3A schedule, the Lowry High School softball team was going to be without a game for 20 days.
Lowry was scheduled to play Fernley in Winnemucca this past weekend but the Vaqueros asked to move the games to the first weekend of May, so they could play in a tournament in Las Vegas.
That left the Lady Bucks in the dark, but they decided to see if they could play in the same tournament in southern Nevada. Lowry did just that and played five games this past weekend, winning one.
Lowry opened with a 16-1 win over Pahrump Valley on Thursday, April 14.
In the second game that day, Lowry lost 6-5 to Palo Verde. The Lady Bucks dropped two games on Friday, April 15, losing 5-4 to Winslow, Ariz., and 13-4 to Bingham (South Jordan, Utah). Lowry closed out the tournament on Saturday, April 16, with a 9-1 loss to Imperial.
Pahrump Valley 1
After giving up a single run in the top of the first inning, Lowry plated 14 runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
The Lady Bucks pounded out 12 hits and picked up doubles from Shelbie Hoyt, Kenzi Dowd-Smith, Bailey Peterson, Megan Cook and Cambria Tissue.
Savannah Stoker had a triple and drove in two runs. Dowd-Smith, Cook, Maddison McClure and Peterson all had two RBI as well.
Hoyt scored three runs and Hayden Case had a single and run scored.
Kadence Cooney earned the win in three innings of work, allowing one run on three hits. She struck out five.
Palo Verde 6,
Lowry finished the day against Palo Verde from Las Vegas and held a 5-2 lead in the seventh only to see Palo Verde score four runs in the seventh to win 6-5.
Lowry took a 2-1 advantage in the top of third inning when Peyton Cassinelli scored after Cook was hit by a pitch. Palo Verde tied the game in the bottom of the third at 2-2 and the contest stayed there until the sixth inning.
Lowry took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, when Bailey Hayes singled home Jada Matheny, who was pinch running for McClure, who singled earlier in the inning.
One batter later, Stoker singled home Cassinelli and Hayes to make the score 5-2.
The Lady Bucks could not hold the lead, as Palo Verde plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth, including the game-winning double.
Hoyt, Hayes, Stoker, Cook and McClure each had base hits. Stoker drove in two runs and Hayes had an RBI as well.
Cooney took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits. She walked four.
In the first game on Friday, Lowry took on Winslow, Ariz., and let another late lead get away.
The Panthers got on the board first with a single run in the bottom of the first inning.
However, the Lady Bucks rally to go in front with a pair of runs in the third inning. Lowry tied the game at 1-1, when Stoker doubled home Hoyt, which included a throwing error by Winslow.
The Lady Bucks went up 2-1 a batter later, as Dowd-Smith singled home Stoker.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Lady Bucks grabbed a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Hoyts scored the first run on passed ball and Stoker added a solo home run.
Lowry could not hold the lead, as Winslow scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and retired Lowry in order in the sixth to win the game.
Hoyt, Stoker and Case each had two hits. Stoker took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits. She walked four and struck out two.
Lowry finished day against the No. 2 ranked team in Utah. Bingham is a 6A school from South Jordan, Utah.
The Miners notched a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Lowry tied the game in the bottom of the second, off a 3-run home run by Hoyt, her first of the year.
That turned out to be just about all the offense for the Lady Bucks.
Bingham went back in front 6-3 in the third inning and added six runs in the fifth inning.
Hayes and Dowd-Smith had the other hits for the Lady Bucks. Cooney and Stoker split time in the circle for Lowry.
Lowry closed out the tournament on Saturday against Imperial and the Tigers grabbed an 8-0 lead before Lowry got on the board in the third inning on a Hoyt home run. Hayes, Case and Cooney each had a hit.
Cassinelli and Cooney split time in the circle for the Lady Bucks.
Lowry (11-8 overall, 8-1 Northern 3A and 2-1 Northern 3A East) travel to Spring Creek this weekend, starting with a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. They play a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.