The last time the Lowry High School baseball team saw Truckee and South Tahoe it was the 2019 season.
The 2020 season was canceled to the Covid outbreak and in 2021 teams played a partial schedule within their own division.
After two years, Lowry had the opportunity play the California schools at home this past weekend. Truckee visited Winnemucca on Friday and left with an 8-2 win and South Tahoe picked up a 10-4 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Buckaroos dropped to 3-3 in league play and 3-7 overall.
On Friday, Truckee claimed a 2-0 lead in the second inning with the aid of a leadoff walk. That runner eventually scored on a double and Truckee added a second run with a two-out single.
Another leadoff walk in the third inning allowed Truckee to take a 3-0 advantage after that run scored on a single.
The Wolverines added a single run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to go in front 6-0, when Lowry broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning.
After a strikeout to start the sixth inning, the top of the lineup got the rally going with a single from Zach Fernandez, a triple by Marcus Montes and a single by Kaiden Boyles to make the score 6-2.
The rally ended with a strikeout and a ground ball out to the pitcher. Prior to the sixth inning, Lowry had just two hist through five innings, one each by Braden Dennis and Boyles.
Truckee got the two runs back with a pair in the top of the seventh and got out of the bottom of the seventh inning despite hits from Jordan Bills and Erick Bergenheier.
Boyles paced Lowry with two hits and Fernandez, Montes, Dennis, Bills and Bergenheier had one hit apiece.
Montes started for Lowry and took the loss in 4.1 innings of work. He allowed four runs, but only one was earned.
Lowry committed three errors on the day. The sophomore gave up five hits and struck out 11, while walking four.
Boyles threw the last 2,2 innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits. He struck out three and walked three.
South Tahoe 10, Lowry 4
On Saturday, South Tahoe jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the third inning, but that advantage was gone after Lowry batted in the bottom of the third.
Bergenheier started the third-inning rally after getting hit by a pitch and Anthony Guzman walked.
After a pair of strikeouts, the rally restarted for Lowry with singles by Boyles, Dennis and Adam Brooks to give the Buckaroos a 4-3 lead.
That turned out to be all the offense for Lowry, who had one hit in the final four innings, a single by Dennis in the fifth inning.
South Tahoe tied the game with a run in the fifth inning and took the lead for good with a run in the sixth.
The Vikings broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh.
Dennis had two of Lowry’s five hits and Boyles, Fernandez and Brooks each had a hit.
Brooks started for Lowry and received a no-decision in 4.1 innings of work. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Dennis relieved him in and threw .2 innings and took the loss. He gave up one run on two hits. Boyles and AJ Mendoza also pitched for the Buckaroos.
Lowry travels to Elko this weekend to begin Northern 3A East action. The two schools play a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Buckaroos ate off for spring break and return to the field in Spring Creek on April 22-23.