Two Leave, Two Step Up for Bucs in 2-1 Win

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by Jake Ryle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--When a team loses one player, others step up to fill the gap. When a team loses two of the best statistical players in the Alaska Baseball League--a red flag is raised.

That's the position the Anchorage Bucs found themselves in on Monday night at Mulcahy Stadium. The Bucs lost Michael Strentz due to injury, and last year's MVP Chase Compton to going back to school.

Outside of a run in the first inning, the bats entered into hibernation mode for both teams. Gonzaga Unviersity's Andrew Sopko led the charge on the mound. Sopko pitched a complete game five-hitter while only giving up one earned run, and striking out five.

Collin Ferguson filled the void left by Strentz and Compton at least for the night. Ferguson finished the night with 2 RBI's and 1 run scored.

The Bucs (15-11) steal a game from the top ranked Alaska Goldpanners (16-8), by a final score of 2-1.