Lowry's Marcus Montes throws a pitch during Saturday's first game against Fernley.
Lowry's Marcus Montes throws a pitch during Saturday's first game against Fernley.
After picking up two wins against the top team in the league on the road the week before, the Lowry High School dropped three games to Fernley this past week to drop to 4-8 on the season.

Lowry traveled to Fernley on Wednesday, May 5, and suffered a 10-0 loss to the Vaqueros. The Buckaroos used a double from Garette Hinshaw and a single by Marcus Montes to start the top of the second, but the rally ended there as the next three batters were retired. Fernley took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a Kyle Jones RBI-double.

The Vaqueros strung together three straight hits in the fourth inning to build a 4-0 lead. Fernley closed out the game with six runs in the fifth inning to end the game on the 10-run rule.

The Buckaroos had multiple runners on base in the third, fourth and fifth innings but could not plate a run. Lowry had seven hits in the contest, with Tristen Schmittel and Montes each picking up two hits. Anthony Hemp, Bradyn Anderson and Hinshaw each had one hit.

Schmittel pitched a complete game for the Buckaroos and took the loss. He allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on nine hits. He struck out two and walked two.

The series moved to Winnemucca on Saturday for a doubleheader, with Fernley grabbing game one 4-3 in eight innings. The Vaqueros scored single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings to lead 3-0.  

The Buckaroos cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Logan Fettic singled home Hinshaw, who led off the frame with a double.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Montes started a Lowry rally with a double and later scored on a single by Anthony Hemp.

Lowry completed the comeback in the seventh to the tie the game but saw the winning run thrown out at third base. Hinshaw was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and he advanced to second base on a stolen base. A ground out by Anderson advanced Hinshaw to third, when Trenton Domire was hit by a pitch.

With two outs in the inning, Justin Horton singled home Hemp to tie the game at 3-3. With Zach Fernandez at the plate, Domire attempted to take third base on a pitch in the dirt but was called out on the play. Domire beat the throw to the third base bag but the umpire said he slid into the leg of the third baseman and never touched the base.

That sent the game into extra innings, where Fernley took a 4-3 lead on a wild pitch. Lowry got out of the inning without further damage on a double play.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Fernandez was hit by a pitch to lead off but he was erased on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Montes. Moments later, Montes was caught off first base and was tagged out in a run down. The game ended a pitch later with a strike out.

Montes, Schmittel, Hemp, Hinshaw, Fettic and Horton each had a hit.

Montes started and threw six innings. He allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two. Schmittel threw the final two innings and gave up one run on two hits.

Fernley used that momentum into the series finale and won the nightcap 19-6 in five innings. The Vaqueros led 7-0 after two innings of play.

Lowry plated four runs in the third inning behind a two-RBI single by Hinshaw and a triple by Fettic. Fettic later scored on a single by Anderson.

That was as close as Lowry got, as Fernley scored nine runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth. Hinshaw had two hits for the Buckaroos, as Fernandez, Montes, Schmittel, Fettic, Anderson and Domire each had one hit.

Hinshaw took the loss in the start, allowing 13 runs (six earned) on seven hits. Kaden Boyles and Horton saw action in relief.

Lowry hosts Spring Creek on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Buckaroos travel to Spring Creek for a doubleheader on Friday. Lowry is back on the road on Tuesday, May 18, in Fallon for a single game with the Greenwave.

The Northern 3A Regional Championships will be in Winnemucca on May 21-22.