By Stephanie Hageman Posted May 15, 2009
Lowry varsity ended their season on both a good and bad note against Spring Creek.
On Friday’s game the Bucks fell to the Spartans 14-4.
Although the Bucks did win one against Spring Creek they needed two wins to make the playoffs.
“We had our three best pitching performances of the season,” said head coach Ron Espinola.
Lowry jumped to an early lead, Collin Messerly pitched well. However, late in the game defensive miscues resulted in Spring Creek breaking the game open.
In the first game on Saturday, Bryan Noble took the mound for the Bucks. The Lowry Freshmen kept the Spring Creek hitters off balance and improved Noble’s record for the season. Senior Tanner Schmidt closed out the game with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Lowry jumped to an early 2-0 lead and broke open the game with six runs in the third inning, one in the fourth, four in the sixth, and two in the seventh.
The Bucks tallied 18 hits and 15 runs to Spring Creek’s 7.
Anders Pace was 4-5, Dusty Kraft 3-5, Mitch Pollock 3-5, Jace Billingsley 2-3, Gus Ramasco 2-5, and Tanner Schmidt 2-5.
“It was nice to see the kids play the way they’re capable of and beat a quality team, unfortunately, early losses in the season to Dayton and Yerington came back to haunt us,” said Espinola.
With the playoffs on the line, Lowry played some of its best baseball seasons but fell short 8-3. Once again the Bucks were plagued by a big inning when errors helped Spring Creek score six runs in the sixth.
“It’s too bad the seniors ended their careers without the playoffs, but we should be able to turn that around for next year,” said Espinola.
An outstanding effort on the mound by Jace Billingsley and Anders Pace was negated in the loss.
This was the first time the Bucks didn’t advance to the playoffs since 2007.