The two teams were locked in a scoreless contest through five frames before Lowry found some offense, pushing across six runs in the top of inning six.
The 3A Buckaroos rapped out seven hits and took advantage of a Raiders error to do their damage.
“We played a complete game today, which was a first for us,” Lowry coach Ron Espinola said. “Against the three other teams we’d played this weekend, we’d played two or three good innings, but then fell apart. We finally put it together.”
Reed got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single run. Beau Tittensor doubled and wound up coming home on a sacrifice fly by RHS leadoff hitter Connor Cox.
Lowry (1-3) tacked on a run in the top of the seventh, extending its edge to 7-1 before Reed came up for its final at-bat.
The 4A Raiders did not go quietly. Roberto Velazquez doubled and came home on an RBI single off the bat of Alex Young, who proceeded to steal second. Young came home later in the inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Ryan Butler.
Unfortunately for Reed, that was all the offense it could muster and the east Sparks school was saddled with the four-run defeat.
“For us, this is what it’s all about,” Espinola said of playing the 4A schools. “It’s great coming here. When we leave, we always know where we stand and what we need to work on going into the 3A.”
Reed’s Tanner Paris turned in a solid pitching performance. He was perfect through three innings, but ran out of gas in the sixth and was chased in the Buckaroos’ big rally.
“Paris was good,” Reed assistant coach Luke Drakulich said. “He got ahead of hitters and kept the ball down. He threw strikes. The main thing was he was able to locate.”
It was a positive step for Reed to be in a close game after the Raiders had given up 44 runs in their first three games of the season.
“Today was better than yesterday,” Drakulich said, alluding to 17-13 and 16-0 losses to Spanish Springs and Douglas. “We haven’t been able to get outside much. So it’s just been good to get out on the field. The last couple innings today, we got more aggressive. They just out-hit us.
Reed (0-4) will get a few days of workouts in early this week before opening High Desert League play with a single game at McQueen Thursday at 3:45 p.m. The three-game HDL series resumes Saturday with a doubleheader at Reed, beginning at 11 a.m.
- Lovelock 9, Sparks 4 -
•Lovelock broke open a one-run game with a four-run fifth inning en route to a victory in the season-opening Carson tournament.
Lovelock was clinging to a one-run lead, 5-4, when it rallied for its four-run outburst. Lovelock had just one hit in its rally, but it took advantage of two Sparks errors and two walks.
The walks and errors hurt Sparks in its three tournament games. The Railroaders walked nine in Saturday's loss while committing a trio of errors.
"We gave up too many free bases. It was ridiculous," Sparks coach Greg Vasko said. "It was a trend all weekend. We're hitting the ball. We out-hit every opponent, we're just giving it back up."
Lovelock never trailed. The Mustangs pushed across three runs in the first inning, but Sparks answered with two runs in the top of the second.
Brandon Harris walked and Alex Medina singled for Sparks in the second. Both scored on an Andrew Garcia double.
Sparks returns to the diamond Wednesday for its 3A North League opener when it hosts Dayton at 3 p.m.