Lowry's Shelbie Hoyt slides into second base on a stolen base attempt during Saturday's doubleheader with Elko in Winnemucca.
Lowry's Shelbie Hoyt slides into second base on a stolen base attempt during Saturday's doubleheader with Elko in Winnemucca.
If this past week was any indication, the future of the Lowry High School softball team is going to be tough on the rest of the 3A.

The Lady Bucks used its mix of experienced seniors with a strong group of underclassmen to sweep Elko in a three-game series.

Lowry improved to 5-1 on the year and are tied with Fernley for the top spot in the 3A East.

Lowry traveled to Elko on Wednesday, April 21, and won 7-5 and then swept a doubleheader in Winnemucca this past Saturday by scores of 11-5 and 11-5.

“We have started slowly in our first few games but settled down and made the adjustments at the plate that we needed to,” said LHS coach Austin Mayo. “That was a good Elko team we faced. They are going to be competitive. The way we ended the first game in Elko and come back and get two decisive wins, was nice to see.” 

In the opening game of the series, Lowry was first on the scoreboard in the first inning on an RBI-double by Shelbie Hoyt that scored Isabella Zepeda, who led off the game by getting hit by a pitch.

After the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the first inning, the Lady Bucks added three runs in the second inning. 

The rally started with two outs on a single by Alexus Gomez. Savannah Stoker reached base after a dropped third strike by the Elko catcher. Gomez scored to give Lowry the lead at 2-1 on a passed ball and Zepeda and Hoyt followed with back-to-back singles to make the score 4-1.

Zepeda scored her third run of the game in the fourth inning, but Elko scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth inning to trail 5-4.

Lowry used consecutive doubles by Kenzi Dowd-Smith and Bailey Hayes to extend the lead in the seventh inning. Those extra runs proved to be crucial. Elko plated a run early in the seventh inning and had two runners on base, when Dowd-Smith made a catch deep in the outfield to secure the win.

Hoyt had three of Lowry’s 11 hits and added three RBI. Zepeda and Hayes each had two hits and Megan Cook, Dowd-Smith, Gomez and Stoker each had one hit. In addition, Hayes added two RBI.

Bree Dunckhorst went the distance in the circle to earn the win. She allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits. She struck out five and walked three.

In the first game on Saturday in Winnemucca, Lowry started slow, trailing 4-1 after the top of the second inning, but turned the game around quickly.

The Lady Bucks tied the game at 4-4 on a bases-clearing triple by Dowd-Smith. Lowry took the lead for good, as a batter later Hayes singled home Dowd-Smith.

Lowry added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning on a pair of home runs by freshmen. With one out, Stoker hit a two-run home run, which was quickly followed by a solo shot by Isabella Zepeda. 

Dowd-Smith followed with her second triple of the game to score Natalia Zepeda and make the score 9-5.

Isabella Zepeda added an RBI triple in the fourth inning and an RBI-single in the sixth to give the Lady Bucks the victory.

Isabella Zepeda led Lowry with four hits and three RBI, while Stoker added three hits and two RBI. Dowd-Smith collected two hits to go with four RBI.

“They are up here and playing for a reason,” said the coach. “They go out and produce in every game. The future is pretty bright with the underclassmen we have.”

Mackenzie Salas-Begay threw a complete game to earn the win. She allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits. She struck out seven and walked one.

In the nightcap, Lowry trailed 5-2 going into the bottom of the third inning, when the Lady Bucks plated eight runs and never looked back.

Stoker and Isabella Zepeda started the rally with back-to-back doubles and Hoyt followed with a triple. Natalia Zepeda kept the extra-base train going with a double and Hayes, Hannah Toth and Stoker followed with singles. Isabella Zepeda closed out the rally with her second double of the inning.

Lowry added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Stoker hit her second home run of the day. Stoker and Isabella Zepeda had three hits apiece.

Kadence Cooney earned the win, throwing five innings for Lowry. She allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits. She struck out four and waked three. Dunckhorst pitched the final two innings and struck out five of the six batters she faced.

“We have three pretty good pitchers and that is a luxury to have,” Mayo said. “We have faith in all three of them to go out and get the job done. Being tested is a good thing and only makes you better. I like where we are at. It’s a short season but we just want to get better every week. We want to send off our seniors in a good way at the same time get ready for the future.”  

Lowry travels to Dayton Wednesday for a single game at 3 p.m. The Lady Bucks return to Dayton on Saturday for a doubleheader at 11 a.m.