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

Senior Day was Monday, April 25th. The Bulldogs celebrated the careers of six seniors (Eli Wilson, Caleb Stocker, Aidin Montefisher, Aidan Miller, Spencer Mann & Mikio Habu) and their parents before the final home game of the regular season. The Roosevelt Roughriders, tied for 1st place overall in the conference, drew first blood, scoring three runs in the top of the 3rd inning. The starting pitcher was sharp for 6 innings, with the Bulldogs unable to get more than a single baserunner in any inning until the 7th when they put pressure on the Roosevelt bullpen. Wilson started the rally with a triple to leadoff the final inning. Garfield plated a couple runs and had the tying run in scoring position before a second Roughrider reliever recorded the final out for a 4-2 loss for the Bulldogs. The loss, along with wins by Bainbridge and West Seattle, dropped Garfield from 1st place to 3rd place.

The C-Team defeated Ballard 12-2 at Loyal Heights on Monday to pull to within a single game of .500.

JV lost their game at Roosevelt in extra innings, 7-6. Garfield couldn’t hang on to a 5-0 lead. Roosevelt took a 6-5 lead into the 6th, but the Bulldogs were able to tie it and then send it to the 8th inning. The walkoff win for the Roughriders came off a fly ball just beyond the reach of the Bulldogs outfielder in pursuit. Tim Arnold had a triple, Ben Wong and Luke Levasseur both had doubles to lead the Garfield bats.

The Varsity’s second game of the week (Wednesday, April 27th) was against the other team tied for 1st place in the overall league standings, the Lakeside Lions. The Bulldogs needed a victory to have a shot at winning the Mountain division. A Lions win on their Senior Day would clinch a Coast division title for them. Garfield scored a run in the top of the 4th inning off a Kepler Swanson RBI single and another in the top of the 5th inning off a Klaus Bachhuber RBI single. Alex Gregory had a great outing on the mound, allowing a run in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Lions got lucky with a hard-hit grounder that looked like it could be a double play ball bouncing off the umpire behind the pitchers mound for a base hit. With that play, the momentum changed and Lakeside was able to score a couple more on a single off closer Jack Alden to take a 3-2 lead, which they would hold on to for the victory. The loss cemented the Bulldogs placed in the division standings at 3rd, meaning they would play their first playoff game on Thursday, May 5th.

JV also lost to Lakeside that afternoon 6-5, after allowing five runs in the top of the 1st inning. Nelson Huffaker, Willie Vogel, and Aaron Kern each had a pair of singles to lead the offense, with Kern knocking in a couple runs.

The C-Team didn’t fare so well against O’Dea at Judkins on Thursday, April 28th, losing 9-2. The teams are scheduled to meet again in the final week of the season at Garfield. Needing a pair of victories to get up to .500, the C-Team swept a doubleheader at Kennedy on Saturday, April 30th. The morning game was a close 8-4 victory, but the afternoon rematch was decisive with Garfield winning 11-0 in 5 innings.

On Saturday, April 30th, Garfield was scheduled to play defending 2A state champion Centralia in the most anticipated game of the season. The Bulldogs and Tigers got to square off at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. The offense got started early scoring a three quick runs in the top of the 1st inning. Garfield would score in five of the seven innings that afternoon to record a 9-0 win. The Bulldogs pitching by committee (Aidin Montefisher, Aidan Miller, Zubin Kopischke, J’Raan Brooks, Jack Alden) was great with the team allowing only two hits and zero walks. All 16 Varsity players got to share in the team’s success, with everyone getting playing time. Eli Wilson hit a double and triple, Owen Cobb had three hits and four runs batted in, Alex Gregory had a pair of singles to snap a slump, and Kepler Swanson added a couple hits at the top of the lineup.

Varsity: 10-10 overall, 9-9 in conference

JV: 10-9 overall, 9-8 in conference

C-Team: 9-9 overall, 6-3 in conference


2016 Week 8 Recap

On the hottest day of the year, the Bulldogs traveled to Steve Cox Park in White Center for a matchup with the Seattle Prep Panthers. Last year, Prep took 2 of 3 games against Garfield between the regular season and the playoffs. The Bulldogs struck first with an early run on Monday, April 18th, but a defensive error led to a couple Prep runs to make it a 2-1 ballgame. Garfield’s offense tacked on three runs in the 4th inning and led the game until a late Panther rally in the bottom of the 6th off starter Aidan Miller gave them a 6-4 lead. The bases were left loaded in the top of the 7th with the same score, with the Bulldogs falling short. Travis Weaver, Eli Wilson, Owen Cobb and J’Raan Brooks each had a couple hits to lead the offense.

Garfield’s JV team defeated Seattle Prep at home 5-4 with three runs in the final frame. Willie Vogel had the game-tying hit and Ben Wong had the walkoff triple to seal the deal. Jonas Hyllseth added two hits. Ian Kirk took the win in relief with a couple scoreless innings pitched.

The C-Team hosted Eastside Catholic on Tuesday, April 19th. In an action-packed game with several balls crushed over the heads of outfielders, the Bulldogs prevailed 12-7 to sweep the season series with the Crusaders.

JV had a makeup game at Bainbridge, which started off on a good note with Leo Swan allowing only an unearned run in three innings. The Bulldogs offense wasn’t able to get much going, with only two hits on the afternoon. The Spartans put up some runs in the middle innings off Jae Abrams and hung on for a 6-2 victory, snapping the 8-game winning streak for Garfield JV.

A pair of games against Cleveland marked the last round of Varsity divisional play this spring. The Bulldogs scored early and often in the game at Garfield on Wednesday, April 20th to win 13-0 in 4-1/2 innings. J’Raan Brooks had seven runs batted in and hit two home runs, the Bulldogs first bombs of the season. Klaus Bachhuber added a pair of doubles. Mikio Habu had a triple and a single. Owen Cobb had a double and a single. Great performance by the Garfield offense. The pitching was stout, holding Cleveland hitless for all 5 innings.

Mercer Island hosted the Bulldogs JV in a nonleague game on Thursday, April 21st. Ben Wong threw a complete game, allowing three runs (only one earned) over six innings but it wasn’t enough to pick up the W. Garfield’s offense was only able to get two hits as the Islanders pitchers got the job done in their 3-1 victory.

The Varsity rematch with Cleveland on Friday, April 22nd was a similar outcome. The Bulldogs pitching staff combined to hold the Eagles hitless until the bottom of the 5th inning. Owen Cobb and Mikio Habu each had four hits in the game. Kepler Swanson scored four runs. Cobb had four RBI and Jae Abrams had three RBI to lead the Garfield run production. The Garfield win marked a season sweep of the Mountain Division, with the Bulldogs winning the season series against all three opponents for a 6-0 divisional record!

JV won their matchup with the Ballard Beavers 5-4 that afternoon at Whitman. The Bulldogs fell behind 3-0, but came back with a couple runs in the top of the 6th and a few more in the top of the 7th for the clutch come-from-behind victory. Kelvin Wallace knocked in the go-ahead run to put Garfield ahead for good. The final inning had plenty of pressure, with Ballard loading the bases with no outs, but Eli Powell slammed the door shut by retiring the final three batters to pick up the save.

The C-Team had a Friday afternoon game at home against a strong Mercer Island team. This final matchup between the two freshman teams was similar to the previous ones, with the Islanders taking it by a score of 12-2.

Newport got the best of the Garfield C-Team on Saturday, April 23rd by a score of 7-1 to sweep the season series. The Bulldogs offense was led by Jack Bryant, who had a double and a single.

Varsity: 9-8 overall, 9-7 in conference

JV: 10-7 overall, 9-6 in conference

C-Team: 6-8 overall, 5-2 in conference


2016 Week 7 Recap

The Bulldogs began spring break with a trip to Whitman on Monday, April 11th to play the Ballard Beavers. Garfield gave up three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but was able to bounce right back in the 2nd and eventually take a 4-3 lead in the 4th. The bullpen held Ballard scoreless for a couple innings before 2 leadoff walks came around the score in the bottom of the 7th. The Bulldogs lost on a bases-loaded catchers interference walkoff call for a 5-4 Ballard win. Tough way to lose to a rival. Spencer Mann had a RBI triple. Alex Gregory & J’Raan Brooks each had a pair of hits.

The JV team matched up with Ballard that same afternoon, took an early lead and hung on to win a home game 5-3. The C-Team played the Beavers the following day and were rained out in the 3rd inning with Garfield holding a large lead. When the game is rescheduled, it will be replayed from the beginning in accordance with conference rules.

Wednesday, April 13th was the Franklin-Garfield game, this year played on the Bulldogs turf. Franklin kept the game tight, only allowing three runs until the Bulldogs bats were able to break it open for a 8-1 lead in the bottom of the 5th. Aidan Miller picked up the win on the mound and added a RBI single in 8-1 victory. Spencer Mann had a double, single and 2 RBI, Eli Wilson a triple and a single, Alex Gregory a triple to lead the offensive attack.

Garfield’s C-Team hosted Chief Sealth on Thursday, April 14th and won handily 16-1. The Bulldogs JV started slowly, but scored enough in the middle innings to defeat Seattle Prep 10-0 in 5 innings in the Garfield doubleheader.

Chief Sealth played at Garfield on Friday, April 15th and quickly scored a run to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom of the 1st and went on to score runs in 3 more separate innings to hang on for a 4-1 victory over the Seahawks. Alex Gregory pitched 6 strong innings, while Jack Alden bounced back with a strong effort to record the save. Spencer Mann had a couple hits and Eli Wilson added a double. Freshman Owen Cobb was the star of the day at the plate with 3 singles and 2 stolen bases.

JV won their  game at Chief Sealth by a lopsided score of 24-3 under Coach Doherty to make it a 8-game winning streak for the JVs. Nelson Huffaker and Jonas Hyllseth each had 5 RBIs while Willie Vogel chipped in with 3 RBI.

Varsity: 7-7 overall, 7-6 in conference

JV: 8-5 overall, 7-5 in conference

C-Team: 5-6 overall, 4-2 in conference


2016 Week 6 Recap

The sun came out for the Bulldogs home game against Blanchet on Monday, April 4th. In a rematch of last year’s pitchers duel, Aidan Miller came out throwing 4 efficient scoreless innings. Alex Gregory shut down the Braves bats in the 5th inning to keep the game scoreless, but Blanchet was able to get a run across in the top of the 6th and took a 3-0 lead on a home run to right field in the top of the 7th. The Bulldogs bats improved from previous game, but the end result was still a scoreless performance from the offense as a couple baserunners were thrown out in scoring position in key situations and most of the hard-hit balls that afternoon were right at fielders.

The JV team came from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning and take a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning and hang on for the road victory against Blanchet. Leo Swan threw 4 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. Eli Powell led the offense with four singles.

The C-Team began Wednesday, April 6th at home with a 5-4 win in the rematch against Lake Washington. Ben Jeweler had a strong start of 4 innings for the Bulldogs and the bullpen was able to hold the lead. The JV team pounded out 15 hits at West Seattle that afternoon, defeating the Wildcats 14-2 in 6 innings. Carl Dutton, Leland Adams, Ben Wong, Kelvin Wallace and Willie Vogel each had a pair of hits. Ben Wong threw a complete game gem, tossing just 66 pitches in 6 innings.

The Varsity team hosted West Seattle that evening under the lights at Garfield. Aidin Montefisher got the start and the victory, pitching 4 innings. The offense erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning including doubles by Owen Cobb and Mikio Habu. Eli Wilson added 3 runs batted in and a double to help the cause. The Wildcats did creep back in the game at one point, narrowing the gap to 7-3 with the bases loaded in the top of the 5th, but Jae Abrams and George Otis got some key outs in the late innings to preserve the Bulldogs lead. The final would be 10-3 with the Bulldogs knocking off division-leading West Seattle.

The Varsity took a ferry over to Bainbridge on Thursday, April 7th for a makeup game against the Spartans. Aidan Miller gave up 3 unearned runs in the 1st inning, but did not wilt under the heat. His 6-inning effort gave the Bulldogs bats a chance to get back in it. A 3-run 4th inning by Garfield tied the ballgame, capped by a 2-run single by Klaus Bachhuber. The Spartans got another run in the bottom of the 5th, but the Garfield bats responded with 4 runs in the top of the 6th inning to a 7-4 lead. J’Raan Brooks knocked in the go-ahead runs in the top of the 6th with a line drive single to center field. Eli Wilson had 3 hits and Alex Gregory 2 hits to lead the offensive attack from the middle of the lineup.  Jack Alden closed the door in the 7th to pick up the save in the 7-4 victory to sweep the defending Mountain Division champions.

Friday, April 8th was the rematch between West Seattle and Garfield’s Varsity teams. Alex Gregory got the start and battled through 4 innings, allowing just a single run. He would exit after the Bulldogs offense put up a 6-spot in the top of the 5th inning at Hiawatha Playfield. Eli Wilson had 3 RBIs again off Wildcats pitching. Kepler Swanson, Caleb Stocker, and J’Raan Brooks each had 2 big hits during the 5th/6th innings when the Bulldogs put the game out of reach. Garfield won 11-3 to secure the season series sweep against West Seattle.

JV finished out the week on Friday with its 4th consecutive win, a 12-2 drubbing of visiting West Seattle in 5 innings. Matthew Koplowitz had 3 hits, while Luke Levasseur and Aaron Kern added a couple hits to lead the Bulldogs. Nelson Huffaker got the complete game on the hill for Garfield.

The C-Team lost both ends of a doubleheader at Bainbridge on Saturday, April 9th. Bainbridge took advantage of some Bulldogs miscues in the first game to defeat Garfield 10-3. The second matchup saw some all-around improvement from the Bulldogs, but ended in a 10-7 Spartan victory.

Varsity: 5-6 overall, 5-5 in conference

JV: 5-5 overall, 4-5 in conference

C-Team: 4-6 overall, 3-2 in conference

2016 Week 5 Recap

The Bulldogs began the last week of March with a blowout victory at home over Rainier Beach 17-1 in 5 innings on Monday, March 28th. Five different pitchers each threw an inning. Kepler Swanson, J’Raan Brooks, Klaus Bachhuber, and Mikio Habu each had a pair of hits before being lifted for substitutions.

Varsity traveled to Eastside Catholic on Tuesday, March 29th to play a rescheduled game from the previous week. Aidan Miller had a strong outing, allowing only 1 earned run in 4 innings, but the Crusaders were able to capitalize on a few key defensive errors and take a 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs offense rallied to close the deficit to a single run, but ended up stranding the tying run at 2nd base in the top of the 7th inning. In the end, the defending Metro Conference Valley Division champs eked out a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs.

Next up was neighborhood rival O’Dea in an evening matchup on Wednesday, March 30th under the lights at Seattle University’s Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The Fighting Irish drew first blood off Garfield starter Alex Gregory to take a 4-0 lead. Things did not look good for the Bulldogs, but they grinded out some at-bats off the O’Dea southpaw starter and got back into the game scoring 4 runs in the 5th inning. Gregory helped his cause with a bases-clearing double to tie the game. Garfield closer Jack Alden pitched the 7th and 8th innings, working out of some high-pressure situations to keep the O’Dea offense at bay. In the 9th, the Irish got a runner to 3rd base, which drew the Bulldogs infield in. The batter hit a line drive just off the glove of the first baseman to score the winning run on a walkoff. Tough 5-4 loss for the Bulldogs, but they hung tough against the defending Metro Conference Tournament champs, which will be huge for confidence levels if the teams matchup again this postseason.

The JV team had a home-and-home series with O’Dea on consecutive days with the Fighting Irish getting the best of the Bulldogs in both contests. The Wednesday matchup at Garfield was a 9-2 final while Thursday’s got ugly on the defensive side with O’Dea scoring 10 unearned runs in a 11-1 victory at Judkins.

Varsity’s week ended with a Friday, April 1st game at Ingraham. The offense was unable to time the slower velocity of the Rams pitcher. Zubin Kopischke pitched well, but had zero support from the Bulldogs bats, which mustered just a pair of hits. Ingraham scored a couple runs in the 3rd inning and added some insurance runs in the 5th to seal the deal in a 6-0 win for the Rams.

JV beat Ingraham at home that afternoon 12-6. The highlight of the day was a home run by junior Tim Arnold. The Bulldogs had 12 hits and ended the week swinging the bats with confidence.

Garfield’s C-Team had a pair of road games against Kingco 3A opponents at the end of the week. They traveled to Island Crest Park for a Friday afternoon game at Mercer Island, losing 14-2 in a lopsided affair. The game on Saturday, April 2nd was much closer, with the Bulldogs losing at Lake Washington to the Kangs 4-2 in the front end of a home-and-home series between LW and Garfield.

Varsity: 2-5 overall, 2-4 in conference

JV: 2-5 overall, 1-5 in conference

C-Team: 3-4 overall, 3-0 in conference

2016 Week 4 Recap

Week 4 began with all three Bulldogs baseball teams playing against Eastside Catholic on Monday, March 21st. The C-Team won a high-scoring affair 13-11 that was stopped for a 15-minute rain delay at one point. The offense was patient, took advantage of walks, and came through with many hard-hit balls against the Crusaders pitching. The JV team lost at home to Eastside Catholic 3-1 in a strong performance by the JV pitching staff. The Varsity game was rained out that evening in the 2nd inning and rescheduled for the following week at EC.

Games at Bainbridge were postponed due to field playability issues so the JV and Varsity teams played a pair of games against the Spartans at Garfield on Friday, March 25th. The afternoon Varsity home game against Bainbridge was a historic event with junior Alex Gregory pitching a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory! Gregory was efficiently dominant, throwing only 70 pitches and facing just one hitter above the minimum during his 6-inning complete game shutout. The Bulldogs offense was led by four hits from junior third baseman Zubin Kopischke and a pair of hits from senior right fielder Caleb Stocker and junior left fielder Klaus Bachhuber. First baseman J’Raan Brooks and shortstop Owen Cobb each knocked in a couple runs. Brooks preserved the no-hitter with a web gem diving catch on a line drive hit to his right in the 5th inning. For the JV team, sophomore Nelson Huffaker had a great night at the plate but the Bulldogs JV lost to Bainbridge 8-3.

The C-Team offense only had a single hit against Ballard that same afternoon, but freshman Ben Jeweler was able to shut down the Beavers offense in a 2-0 win. The C-Team’s pitching success was short-lived as the Bulldogs allowed too many early walks and had their late scoring rally fall short in a 4-3 home loss to Newport on Saturday March 26th.

Varsity: 1-2 overall, 1-1 in conference

JV: 1-3 overall, 1-2 in conference

C-Team: 3-2 overall, 3-0 in conference

2016 Week 3 Recap

The Bulldogs opened the season with a trio of games against Kingco 4A opponent Issaquah on Wednesday, March 16th. The C-Team opened the season with an extra inning loss at Issaquah 8-7. The JV team won 7-6 on the road at Issaquah HS. The Varsity team, at home, ran into some strong Eagles pitching and lost a pitchers duel 3-1, but the team fared much better putting the ball in play compared to last season’s opener at Issaquah. Junior Alex Gregory took the loss in his first outing of the season. Freshman Owen Cobb provided the defensive highlights, making a diving catch on a line drive going up the middle from his shortstop position, then he caught a slicing line drive in right field later in the game.

The Varsity team hosted Nathan Hale on Friday, March 18th while the JV traveled to Meadowbrook for their game. Hale got the best of the Bulldogs in both contests, shutting out the Varsity 7-0 and defeating the JV 9-4. Senior Aidan Miller had a strong outing for the first several innings, but the Raiders tacked on insurance runs late in game to seal the victory. Zubin Kopischke had a couple line-drive hits to lead the Bulldogs offense.

The first week of regular season games wrapped up with the C-Team stomping Chief Sealth on the road on Saturday, March 19th by a score of 12-0 in 5 innings. The win is the first of Coach Deal’s Garfield coaching career.

Varsity: 0-2 overall, 0-1 in conference

JV: 1-1 overall, 0-1 in conference

C-Team: 1-1 overall, 1-0 in conference



2016 Week 2 Recap

Week 2 was marked by more rain. The Varsity jamboree site for March 12th was shifted from Island Crest Park to Garfield HS because Mercer Island’s field was unplayable.

The C-Team kicked off the preseason with a pair of jamboree losses for Coach Deal in the rain at Whitman MS against Ballard and Mercer Island. The pitching and defense was not so sharp, but they did swing the bats well.

The rain eased up just in time for the JV team to host its preseason jamboree at Garfield. Coach Fell’s season JV squad lost a tight one to Mercer Island, then ran away with a lopsided victory against Franklin Pierce.

Varsity played Ballard and Mercer Island in the late afternoon, with each jamboree game resulting in a scoreless tie. The Bulldogs pitching and defense looked good against the Beavers and the defending 3A state champs, the Islanders.

2016 Week 1 Recap

The Bulldogs had 48 ballplayers attend tryouts on February 29th. The team was split into 3 rosters on March 2nd, marking the first time since 2001 that Garfield had a freshman/sophomore C-Team in addition to the JV and Varsity clubs. There will be 18 freshmen, 13 sophomores, 11 juniors and 6 seniors in the program for the 2016 season. 2015 Metro 3A Coach of the Year Chris Moedritzer (GHS ’03) returns as head coach with Rey Verduzco as pitching coach and Phil Doherty as hitting coach for the Varsity team. Nicholas Fell is the JV head coach alongside his assistants Jo Cohlmeyer and Andrew Mitchell (GHS ’03). Scott Deal is a new addition to the staff as the C-Team head coach as is assistant coach Isak Bressler (GHS ’92).