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The Woodinville Falcons capitalized on a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the third inning to score four unearned runs on Thursday, and went on to beat the Garfield Bulldogs, 9-4.

Spencer Greer pitched four innings of five-hit ball to earn his second win of the season. He gave up two earned runs, three walks and struck out four.

John Trupin pitched five innings to record his first loss in league play, giving up five hits and three walks while also recording five strikeouts. Only one run was charged against him.

Falcons designated hitter Doug Sullivan went 3-3 with two runs and three runs batted in and two stolen bases.  Plate standouts for the Bulldogs were Hank Droege, who went 2-3 with two RBIs, and Hayes Gorecki, who went 2-4 with oen run scored and an RBI.

Garfield next plays at Inglemoor on Wednesday at 6 p.m., then plays on Friday at home against Bothell at 3:45 p.m. — Herman Gilman


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John Trupin has been named player of the week in recognition of his dominating performance on the mound in the Bulldogs’ league opener against the Ballard Beavers.

Trupin, a junior, tossed the KingCo 4A League’s only complete game last week: a sparkling 90-pitch performance in which he struck out seven and walked only one en route to a 3-1 victory.

John Trupin fires off a pitch to a Ballard batter.

The pitcher scattered seven hits, getting 13 outs from infield ground balls. His strike to balls ratio was a stellar 62:28.

The defining moment of his game came in the top of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs were trailing going into the bottom of the sixth, but then rallied to take the lead. The pressure was then on the pitcher to seal the win. Trupin was up to the task — shutting down the Beavers in order and finishing with a strikeout.

The Bulldogs play at Woodinville tonight at 6:30 p.m. Here are the full KingCo 4A standings after the first week of play.

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Ruben Palmer’s bunt single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored pinch-runner Charlie Tarnoff to give the Garfield Bulldogs a 10-9 non-league victory over the Yelm Tornadoes on Saturday at home.

Joe Markman had led off the inning by ripping a double down the left-field line off Austin Brownell. Tarnoff then came in to pinch run for him before Palmer laid down  the winning hit. That capped a great day for Palmer, who went three for three with two runs batted in.

The game was a back-and-forth affair featuring 13 hits by each side, but the Tornadoes of the 3A Narrows League made three costly errors that led to three Garfield runs, the deciding factor in the game.

Yelm batter grounds out to the pitcher in the sixth inning.

Yelm jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, then added a run in the third to make it 4-0, before Garfield put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 4-4.

Yelm came right back with three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead, 7-4. But when the Tornadoes took the field in the bottom of the inning, back-to-back errors with two outs on infield grounders allowed two Bulldog runs to score and make it 7-6.

The Bulldogs added three runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead, 9-7, only to see Yelm come back with two runs in the top of seventh off winning pitcher Spencer Scott, setting up the dramatic finish. Brownell took the loss for Yelm.

Garfield improved its record to 3-3 overall with the victory. The team’s next game is Monday at Woodinville at 6:30 p.m. The forecast calls for light rain showers and 52-degree temps. — Herman Gilman

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Garfield varsity lost a close contest to arch-rival Roosevelt HS, 9-8, on Thursday at Lower Woodland playfield.

Zach Naon’s fourth-inning grand-slam keyed a six-run inning that sealed the Rough Riders’ victory. The slam, off losing pitcher Zach Ward, erased a 5-2 Bulldog lead.

Winning pitcher Nathan Cutter pitched three innings of one-run relief, as Roosevelt took a 9-6 lead into the final frame.  The Bulldogs scored two runs of reliever Eli Matthieu and had the bases loaded with one out, but closer Spencer Maniccia struck out Chandler Honican looking. Spencer Scott then worked the count to 3-2 before flying out on a deep drive to center to end the game.

Zach Ward was 3-4 for the Bulldogs with a double, walk and two RBIs, while Valentino Coleman was 1-1 with three runs scored. Liam McFeeley had two RBI’s for the Bulldogs and Sam Kennard was 2-3 with one RBI and a steal of home.

Six different Roosevelt players had hits in their balanced attack.

Roosevelt evened its league record at 1-1 (3-2 overall) and Garfield also went to 1-1 (2-3 overall).

The Bulldogs’ next game is a non-league contest against the Yelm HS Tornados on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at home.  The team’s next league game is Monday at Woodinville at 6:30 p.m.  — Herman Gilman

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Coach Moedritzer announced this afternoon that he has added a non-league  game to the Bulldogs’ varsity and JV baseball schedule:

Saturday, March 26: Garfield Varsity vs Yelm HS at 3:30pm at Garfield
Saturday, March 26: Garfield JV vs Yelm HS 3:30pm at Bobby Morris

Quick facts on Yelm:

— Yelm is a town of 7,000 in Thurston County, southeast of Olympia.
— The Yelm HS mascot is the Tornado.
— Yelm Community Schools was the first school district in Washington. The district has the widest ranging school bus route in the state.
— The team plays in the 3A Narrows conference along with teams like Foss of Tacoma and Capital of Olympia.

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Spencer Scott’s 2-RBI single off relief pitcher Ryan Kangas keyed a 3-run 6th inning, and junior John Trupin pitched a seven-hit complete game to lead the Garfield Bulldogs to a 3-1 over the Ballard Beavers in a KingCo 4A Crown Division season opening victory. Trupin also had an RBI 1B in the 6th inning as well.

Ballard starter Danny Thompson (4IP, 0ER, 3H, 4K, 5BB) matched scoreless innings with Trupin and the Beavers broke the scoreless tie on a 2-out RBI doubleby Kangas that drove in Steven Weber in the top of the 6th to grab a 1-0 lead.

But the lead was short-lived as the Bulldogs came back in the bottom of the sixth with singles by Sam Kennard and Zach Ward, and a walk to Chandler Honican (2-2) to load the bases.

Ballard batter hits grounder for final out in 3-1 loss to Garfield.

Scott (2-3, 2RBI, SB) then lined a 1B up the middle to give Garfield the lead. Trupin came back out in the 7th and retired the side in order, striking out Ben Welch for the final out.

Garfield goes to 1-0 in conference play and 2-2 overall. Ballard is 0-1 in conference and 2-3 overall.

The Bulldogs next play on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. against Roosevelt HS at the Lower Woodland Park ballfield near Green Lake. — Herman Gilman


In other action in the past week:

Bulldogs defeat Franklin, 21-4

In a March 17 game between two longtime rivals, the Garfield Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 1st inning lead and never looked back, in a dominating 21-4 win over the Franklin Quakers.

Garfield improved its record to 1-1 in non-league games, while Franklin lost its opener and is 0-1. Collin Evenson (1-0)pitched 4 innings of 2ER ballwith 4K’s and a BB to earn the win, as well as going 2-4 at the plate with 3R and an RBI.

Big offensive performances were turned in by Zach Ward (2-4, 4R, RBI), Reuben Palmer (3-5, 3R, 4RBI), Chandler Honican (2-4, R, 4RBI), Spencer Scott (4-5, 3R, RBI), Hayes Gorecki 2-4, 3RBI and Sam Kennard (2-4, 3R, 2RBI), as the Bulldogs knocked out 19 hits. Zach Ward started for Garfield 2 shutout innings and Joe Renner closed it with a scoreless inning, Xavier Conway was a lone highlight for Franklin going 2-3 with a 2B, R and 2RBI’s. — Herman Gilman

Mercer Island beats Bulldogs, 16-2

In a March 18 match-up between 3A and 4A KingCo teams, Mercer Island exploded for 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coasted to a 16-2 5 inning blowout win over Garfield.

Brian Higgins led Mercer Island’s 12 hit attack, going 3-3, 2R and 4RBI’s. Also having big games were David Oppenheim, who was 2-2, 3R, 2RBI with a 2B, Jordan Richartz, whose 2-3, included a long 3B, 2R and an RBI, and Evan Thompson, who went 2-3, 2R and 2RBI’s.

George Jiranek pitched 4 innings of 2R, 2H ball for the win. Spencer Scott went 2-3 for the Bulldogs, but also took the loss. Ruben Palmer scored both runs for the Bulldogs and had 2SB, including a steal of home. — Herman Gilman


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The Bulldogs lost a hearbreaker to Sammamish in their season-opener on Tuesday, 7-6, after a fourth-inning rally fell short.

Sammamish jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, fueled by a two-RBI single by Craig Sweet. Garfield answered with a six-run 4th inning, keyed by a three-RBI double by Zach Ward to go ahead, 6-5.

However Sammamish eked out two unearned runs in the 5th inning without a hit and behind the late inning relief pitching of Jacob West, hung on for the win. ammamish improved their record to 2-0, while Garfield is 0-1.

Sweet finished the day 4-for-4 with the two RBI, which put him at 7-for-7 at the start of the season, with four RBIs. Chris Strain added two its, including a double and an RBI, for Sammamish. Joe Renner took the loss for Garfield despite not allowing an earned run.

The Bulldogs’ next varsity game is against Franklin HS at the Rainier Playfield at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. The JV team will play Franklin JV at Garfield at 3:30 p.m. If the Rainier Playfield is deemed unplayable by the Parks Department in the morning, the varsity game will move to Garfield and the JV game will be rescheduled.

Other scheduling news:  The varsity game vs. Mercer Island HS, which was rained out on Tuesday, has been rescheduled to Friday at 4:00pm at Garfield. The Mercer Island JV game will be Friday at 3:30 or 4:00pm at Bobby Morris Playfield.

The JV game vs. Sammamish that was rained out on Tuesday will probably be played on Monday at Sammamish at 4:00 or 4:30. More details later.

And finally a personnel note: Valentino Coleman has been added to the varsity roster.

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