Lowry’s Zach Fernandez puts the ball in play during game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Lowry’s Zach Fernandez puts the ball in play during game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
For the second week in a row, the Lowry High School baseball team won the series finale. The Buckaroos hope Saturday’s win against Elko leads to earlier momentum in future series.

Elko took two of the three games in the series, winning 10-8 in Elko on Wednesday, April 21. 

The Indians won game one of a doubleheader 14-3 on Saturday, with Lowry winning the nightcap 9-7. The Buckaroos are now 2-4 on the season.

“That final game shows that we can beat anybody,” said LHS coach Benny Martinez. “Elko is a pretty good team and they threw their best pitcher in the last game. We just have to find a way to play like in that in our first two games, instead of waiting for that last game.”

In the series opener in Elko, the Indians built a 5-0 lead after three innings of play, when Lowry struck for four runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Anthony Hemp started the rally with a lead-off double and scored when Garette Hinshaw reached on an error. Logan Fettic and Trenton Domire followed with singles.

Elko added two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings and a single run in the sixth to go back in front 10-4. 

Lowry wasn’t done quite yet, building another rally in the top of the seventh. Kaiden Boyles led off the frame with a single and later scored on an RBI-double by Zach Fernandez. 

Tristen Schmittel kept the rally going with a double, followed by a walk to Hemp and a single by Hinshaw. However, the rally ended there, with the next two Lowry batters recording outs.

Hemp had two hits for Lowry and seven others had one hit. Fettic started for Lowry on the mound and suffered the loss. He allowed seven runs (zero earned) on three hits. He struck out three and walked three. Boyles threw the final three innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Lowry was held to just five hits in the 14-3 loss in five innings.

The Indians scored in every frame, leading 13-0 after the top of the fourth inning.

The Buckaroos got on the board in the fourth inning, when a sacrifice fly by Justin Horton scored Hinshaw, who reached base on an error.

Schmittel and Hemp put together back-to-back hits in the fifth inning and scored on a throwing error by Elko, when Hinshaw hit a ground ball to the Indians’ shortstop. The rally ended with a flyout to centerfield.

Fettic had two of the five hits and Schmittel, Hemp and Hinshaw each had one hit.

Schmittel started and took the loss for the Buckaroos. He allowed 13 runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. He walked four and struck out two. Boyles threw the final two innings and allowed two hits and a run.

“I talked to the kids after the game and told them to put it out of their memory and give me everything they had for this third game,” Martinez said. “We switched our approach at the plate with two strikes and we did great with that. We were making good swings, instead of slapping at the ball. We put pressure on them instead the other way around. If you do that, good things happen.” 

In the series finale, Elko plated two runs in the top of the second inning but watched as Lowry cut that lead in half in the bottom of the second inning.

Horton led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-1.

“Justin has been playing his butt off,” Martinez said. “He will do anything I ask of him and play wherever I need him to. I want him to go out on a good note in his senior season.”

Lowry took a 5-2 advantage in the bottom of the third inning, scoring four runs. Marcus Montes, Schmittel and Hemp led off the frame with singles.

After a groundout, Fettic started the rally again with a single and Boyles reached base on a dropped third strike. Braidyn Anderson capped off the inning with a single.

The Indians cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fourth inning, but the Buckaroos came back with a pair of runs in the bottom the fifth inning to lead 7-3. 

Hinshaw led off the inning with a single and later scored on a wild pitch and Horton added an RBI-single.

Elko came back to tie the game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh inning, as Montes was able to get out of the inning on the mound. Lowry bounced right back and got triples from Montes and Hemp in the bottom of the seventh and singles by Hinshaw and Fettic to reclaim the lead at 9-7.

Elko put two runners on base in the seventh inning, only to see Montes strike out the side to earn the win.

Lowry had 15 hits in the game, including three each from Hemp and Hinshaw. Montes, Schmittel, Fettic and Horton each had two hits.

Hinshaw started for Lowry and pitched five innings and pitched a no-decision. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits. He struck out five and walked two. Montes picked up the win in two innings of relief. 

The freshman allowed two runs (zero earned) on a hit. He struck out five and walked three.

“That was an outstanding of a pitching performance by Garette,” Martinez said. “Then you have a freshman come in and get the win in two good innings of relief.”

Lowry travels to Dayton on Wednesday for a single game at 3 p.m. The Buckaroos are back in Dayton on Saturday for an 11 a.m. doubleheader.