Lowry's Natalia Zepeda awaits the pitch during a home game earlier inn the season. This past weekend the Lady Bucks swept three games in Dayton.
Lowry's Natalia Zepeda awaits the pitch during a home game earlier inn the season. This past weekend the Lady Bucks swept three games in Dayton.
The Lowry High School softball team isn't showing signs of letting up on offense, scoring 53 runs this past weekend in a three-game sweep of Dayton.

The Lady Bucks won the opening game of the series on Wednesday, April 28, 18-3 and went back to Dayton this past Saturday and won both games 18-2 and 17-3 to improve to 8-1 on the season.

In the first game of the series, Lowry broke open a scoreless tie with five runs in the third inning, with most of the damage done with two outs.

Alexus Gomez led off the frame with a walk but the next two batters struck out. 

The Lady Bucks restarted the rally with a walk by Isabella Zepeda, followed by a single by Shelbie Hoyt and a double by Natalia Zepeda. The final of the runs scored on an error off the bat of Kenzi-Dowd Smith.

Dayton cut the gap to 5-2 in the bottom of the third inning on the strength of a two-run home run. That was as close as the Dust Devils got, as the Lady Bucks answered with 10 runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Mackenzie Salas-Begay led off the inning with a single, which was followed by two walks. Savannah Stoker then collected a triple and later scored on a passed ball to make the score 9-2. Isabella Zepeda, Hoyt, Dowd-Smith and Bailey Hayes, Salas-Begay and Gomez all singled to increase the lead to 15-2.

Lowry used back-to-back doubles by Hannah Toth and Salas-Begay in the fifth inning to add to the lead.

The Lady Bucks collected 12 hits in the contest, with Salas-Begay picking up three to go with two RBI. 

Hoyt added two hits and seven others had one hit. Gomez added three RBI and three runs scored.

Salas-Begay earned the win in the circle, going the distance and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. She struck out six and walked three.

Lowry wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first game on Saturday, scoring six runs in the opening frame. The first four batters reached base without a hit. Isabella Zepeda was hit by a pitch and Stoker walked. Natalia Zepeda and Dowd-Smith each reached base on dropped third strikes. Hoyt provided the big blow with the first hit, on a bases-clearing double.

After a walk to Gomez, Kadence Cooney drove home Hoyt on a ground out and Megan Cook capped off the inning with an RBI-single.

Dayton scored twice in the bottom of the first inning but that proved to be all the offense for the Dust Devils. Leading 8-2, the Lady Bucks added 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Cook led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Isabella Zepeda. Stoker emptied the bases with a double and later scored on an error to make the score 11-2. Hayes and Cooney added doubles later in the inning to give Lowry the 18-2 advantage.

Lowry picked up 14 hits, with Stoker, Dowd-Smith, Hoyt, Hayes and Cook each collecting two. Isabella Zepeda, Natalia Zepeda, Toth and Cooney each had one hit. Stoker drove in four runs, with Cooney and Natalia Zepeda each adding two RBI.

Bree Dunckhorst picked up the win the circle. She allowed two runs and three hits in five innings of work. She struck out eight and walked one.

In the series finale, Lowry scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to cruise to the win. Isabella Zepeda, Hoyt, Natalia Zepeda, Dowd-Smith, Hayes and Cooney all singled in a five run first inning.

Dayton put together four hits, including two doubles in the bottom of the first inning to cut the deficit to 5-3 but the Dust Devils did not score again.

Lowry added three runs in the second inning and used a two-RBI double by Stoker in the third inning to increase the lead to 10-2.

Lowry put the game away with seven runs in the fourth inning on just two hits – one each by Dowd-Smith and Hayes.

Isabella Zepeda, Natalia Zepeda, Dowd-Smith and Hayes each had two hits. Stoker added four RBI and two runs scored.

Cooney started for Lowry in the circle and earned the victory in three innings of work.  She allowed three runs on five hits. 

She struck out five and walked one. Salas-Begay threw the final two innings and struck out four of the six batters she faced.

The top spot for the 3A East will take place this week as Lowry takes on Fernley in a three-game series. 

Both teams are 8-1 in league play, with each team losing to Churchill County.

The Lady Bucks travel to Fernley on Wednesday and host a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.