By Brooklyn Thomas Posted May 7, 2010
On the weekend of prom, the Lowry Buckaroos traveled to play the Sparks Railroaders, but the Bucks only had one thing on their minds…winning.
“It was a sold weekend for us,” said head coach Ron Espinola. “It would have been easy for the player to be mentally distracted, but they focused on the job at hand.”
David Eastman lead off the game with a walk and stole both second and third. He was brought home by a single from Mitch Pollock. Anders Pace continued his hot streak at the plate with a triple to right-center which plated Pollock. Bryan Noble singled Pace home to cap the scoring in the first inning.
In the second inning, D. Eastman again received a free pass and was brought home by Pace’s double.
In the third Jace Billingsley walked and Dusty Kraft was hit by a pitch Brandon Eastman, who had just been brought up to varsity singled to score Billingsley. Kraft scored later on a sacrifice fly by David Eastman.
In the fourth , the Bucks continued with their offensive onslaught. Pace doubled again to lead off the inning and Anthony Chojnacki singled. Noble was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Billingsley walked to force in a run. Brandon Eastman greeted Sparks’ new pitcher with a two-RBI single.
In the fifth, the Bucks added one run when Pollock scored on a passed ball but left the bases loaded.
In the sixth, Lowry added the last run it needed to end the game by mercy rule, 12-2.
Lowry began the second game as they did the first.
Eastman singled to start the game and stole second base and Pollock drew a walk. Chojnacki singled D. Eastman home to give Lowry an early lead. Pace scored off of Noble’s single and Chojnacki scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
In the second inning, Lowry recorded two quick outs but rallied for another three runs.
The third was consistent with Lowry scoring one run by Billingsley coming on an RBI single by Kraft.
In the sixth Pollock walked, stole second and scored on a hit by Pace.
In the final frame, Brandon Eastman singled and moved to third by a single from Evan Jacobson. Jacobson stole second and with two runners in scoring position, David Eastman walked. With the bases loaded Pollock hit a sacrifice fly to left scoring Brandon Eastman. Pace singled the final runs home and Lowry won 11-5.
“We had good pitching performances by all f the starters and our offense finally came alive,” said Espinola. “This was an important series for the playoffs.”