Mavs alum Andrew Sopko has had quite a baseball career since his time in Missoula. These days, Sopko plays for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an Advanced A squad that's part of the LA Dodger organization.
Andrew attended Missoula’s St. Joseph Elementary and Loyola Sacred Heart High School where he lettered in basketball for three years. He played for Mt. Sentinel Little League until he turned 14. He pitched and played outfield for the AA Mavericks from 2009 until 2011. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 14th round in 2012 but elected to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane on a baseball scholarship. He attended GU for three years, where he was part of the starting rotation during his sophomore and junior years. Andrew’s best moments at GU include being the winning pitcher in the school’s first-ever victory in the West Coast Conference baseball tournament in 2014, striking out 10 in 5 innings. During the 2015 season, his junior year, he earned Honorable Mention West Coast Conference honors.
In 2015, Sopko was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th round. He played for the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors for just a few weeks, earning the Pioneer League’s Pitcher of the Week honor for the week of August 10th. He started and pitched the first four innings on August 7 vs. the Billings Mustangs. The MILB.com website says of that outing, “…you have to make every single one of those four frames count. Eight strikeouts, one hit and no walks allowed? Yeah, that’ll do it.”
After just a month with the Raptors and a 3-1 record, the Dodger organization moved Andrew to their full-season A squad, the Great Lakes Loons. He finished the 2015 season with an ERA of 2.68 where he started 8 games, with 36 strikeouts, 5 walks and a WHIP of 1.00.
At the conclusion of 2016 spring training in Phoenix, Andrew was assigned to the Great Lakes Loons and began the season on April 12. Just three days later, the Dodger organization asked Sopko to pack his bags again. The right handed pitcher was promoted to the A-Advanced team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Sopko’s parents are Paul and Christine of Missoula. Both Andrew and his brother Sam played Mavs together during the 2010 season where they won the state championship in Medicine Hat, Alberta with Andrew pitching a complete game. The Mavericks program provided Andrew with experiences that prepared him for the next level of competition.