The Bulldogs JV team wrapped up its regular season on Monday, May 2nd with a crushing 11-1 victory at home over Hale. Ryan Witter hit a 3-run homer. Tim Arnold had three hits including a triple. Willie Vogel and Nelson Huffaker added triples, while Jonas Hyllseth had a pair of singles. The offense had an early start with seven runs in the first couple innings and four more to finish it in the bottom of the 5th. The win for Coach Fell cemented Garfield JV’s record at two games above .500, a 4-game improvement from the previous year.
The C-Team knocked off O’Dea in their rematch on Wednesday, May 4th at Garfield 3-2. Taj Moore had a strong pitching outing to put the Bulldogs in a position to win the game on a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th inning.
In the final game of the season, the Bulldogs defeated Ballard 12-2 on Friday, May 6th to sweep the season series with the rival Beavers. The wins in the final week moved the Bulldogs two games above .500, quite a successful season for the new freshman class of ballplayers under Coach Deal.
The Varsity playoffs began with a home matchup against the Rainier Beach Vikings on Thursday, May 5th. Senior Aidin Montefisher got the ball for the Bulldogs. The team scored 21 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and cleared the bench in the middle of the 2nd inning. The final score ended up being 42-0 with twenty-two Garfield players getting some game action, including all the JV postseason call-ups.
The Roosevelt Roughriders awaited the Bulldogs at Chief Sealth for the next round of the conference tournament, this game also being a loser-out game. Senior southpaw Aidan Miller got the start and was very efficient, throwing just 41 pitches through the first 4 innings. Garfield scored a run in the top of the 2nd inning on a single by Spencer Mann, who advanced to 2nd base on a groundout and scored on a double that nicked off the glove of the 3rd baseman down the left field line. The Riders got to Miller in the bottom of the 5th inning, scoring three runs with 2 outs to take a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs lined into a double play in the top of the 6th, got the leadoff hitter on base and sent the tying run to the plate in the top of the 7th inning, but were unable to come back from the 3-1 deficit. Roosevelt would advance to play the Blanchet Braves the next day at Steve Cox Field.
Varsity: 11-11 overall, 9-9 in conference, 1-1 in playoffs
JV: 11-9 overall, 10-8 in conference
C-Team: 11-9 overall, 8-3 in conference