• Robert Hollar

Bucs Overcome Early Struggles in 5-2 Victory


Justin Abercrombie swings against the Eagles. Photo by Peter Gastis

The Ventura County Bucs (5-2-1, 3-2-1 Golden Coast Collegiate League) soared over the LA Mission Eagles, 5-2 on a windy day at Pote Field in Griffith Park Wednesday.


“We did just enough.” Bucs head coach Spiro Psaltis said.


Ventura’s offense struggled initially with runners on base. However, after Psaltis called an on-field hitters meeting before the bottom of the fourth, the Bucs began to capitalize on their opportunities.


“We were doing a lot of things right, but we didn’t have a lot to show for it to that point,” Psaltis said. “You have to ask them for a little more.”


Bucs shortstop Justin Abercrombie made a positive impression in his first game of the season, going 2-2 with a walk and a sacrifice Friday. He also made a D1-caliber defensive play, sprinting to his right and throwing across his body from the edge of the outfield grass in the ninth inning.


Not to be outdone, Bucs outfielder Ian Nord increased his already impressive hit count with a 3-4 day including a double and a bunt single. Nord has four doubles, a triple, a .500 batting average, and six RBI. He is leading the team in all four of those categories.


“He’s just showing everything that he has the potential to do,” Psaltis said. “He’s a great two-way player.”


Ventura County Pitcher Steven Gonzalez (1-0) pitched two strong innings of relief, needing just 22 pitches to do so. He struck out three and earned the win while retiring all 6 batters he faced. Andrew Dusablon earned a four-out save with three strikeouts for his first save this season.


“The pitching continued to improve, even a little bit deeper into the pitching staff,” Psaltis said.


The Bucs will return to GCCL play when they travel to Simi Valley High School to lay plunder to the SoCal hitmen on Saturday June 25th. The double-dip begins with game 1 at 10:00a.m.


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