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The defending state champion Bothell Cougars dealt the short-handed Bulldogs their 3rd consecutive road loss in a close 4-3 ballgame in Bothell. The Bulldogs defense was subpar from the start behind starting pitcher Hayes Gorecki. It was a cold and windy evening, but the rain held off so the field was relatively dry. The Cougars pitcher threw a great ballgame, going the full 7 innings pitched while allowing 3 runs and 3 hits. Bothell’s offense took advantage of the 4 Garfield errors to get on top early and take the lead for good after the Bulldogs tied it in the 4th at 2-2. Hank Droege worked out of several jams in his 2 scoreless innings of relief. Garfield’s offense was led by an opposite field RBI double from John Trupin, 2 runs scored by Chandler Honican, and a clutch RBI single by Duncan Skerrett in the 7th inning but a couple baserunning miscues hurt the Bulldogs as runners in scoring position got thrown out on a backdoor pickoff play and trying to advance on a wild pitch in the final inning. Unfortunately, Garfield left the bases loaded in the top of the 7th to end the game. It was a tough loss for a Bulldogs team looking to make a statement this year in Kingco 4A and win their first conference road game since 2010.

Garfield’s JV lost 7-0, but the score was close for most of the game before Bothell pushed across 5 runs in the top of the 6th inning. Patrick Lin broke up the no-hitter for the Bulldogs with a hit in the bottom of the 6th. Nils Whisman, Henry Freed, and David Brinkley combined for a solid pitching effort, but the Bulldog bats never got going that afternoon to give them any chance at winning.

Garfield is off until Tuesday afternoon with the JV (3-5 overall, 1-4 in conference) playing on the road and the Varsity (5-4 overall, 2-3 in conference) at home against Redmond.

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The Bulldogs won another home game this afternoon shutting out the Inglemoor Vikings 5-0, riding an exceptional pitching performance by senior starter, Collin Evenson. Spreading out 6 hits while not allowing a free pass in the complete game with 87 pitches, Evenson controlled every aspect of the mound duty with a variety of pitches, speeds and locations and was supported by some spectacular defense that has become an expectation from this year’s squad. Chandler Honican handled an assortment of ground balls at shortstop and the two sophomore outfield anchors, Derek Billey and Justin Arkills-McClain proved to be rally killers again while chasing down several balls in the gaps.

We used our own 7 hits along with 2 HBPs, a couple of walks and some Viking miscues to keep the pressure on and give us a chance to win.

Our scoring started in the 3rd inning when senior second baseman, Liam McFeeley crushed a shot that caught some wind and sailed deep into left over the Vikings fielder. The double allowed both of our runners to score from 1st and 2nd and as a late throw came to the plate, McFeeley took 3rd on some heads-up base running.

We would score again in the 4th when Zach Ward led off the inning with an infield hit, Alex Chase hit a line drive single with the hit-and-run on, moving Ward over to third base, then Billey followed with an RBI single. Arkills-McLain tacked on a RBI on a fielder’s choice putout to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.

After shutting down a scoring threat in the 5th, we added one more insurance run on a John Trupin sacrifice fly before Evenson and the Bulldogs defense shut down the Vikings for good with the game ending with an Inglemoor baserunner being struck by a hard-hit grounder for the final out of Evenson’s first career complete game and shutout.

Garfield (5-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play) will be on the road Friday in another conference battle with last year’s 4A State Champion Bothell Cougars in a night game under the lights.

The Bulldogs JV team lost 16-7 at Inglemoor earlier today. Toby Perkins had an early 2-RBI single, Nils Whisman added a RBI, and Jonathan Yang reached base 3 times during the course of the game. David Brinkley continued his recent scoreless innings streak on the mound with 1-2/3 innings pitched in relief. The JV will battle the Cougars at Garfield on Friday afternoon.

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The Woodinville Falcons came to Garfield on this sunny afternoon looking to take care of business with their ace on the mound, Marty Luckenbach. The Bulldogs countered with their top pitcher, senior John Trupin. Woodinville jumped ahead early on a couple hits and a Bulldog error in the 1st inning that led to the first run. John Trupin evened it up at 1-1 with an RBI single in the 3rd inning, scoring senior left fielder Grant Bronsdon for Garfield’s only run of the game. Both teams would strand numerous base runners as the game progressed and the intensity climbed. Luckenbach lasted 6 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 earned run, and 3 walks while striking out 5. Trupin rose to the occasion and countered with 7 innings pitched, allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run, and only 1 walk to his 5 strikeouts. The defense was tight throughout the match-up with a highlight of sophomore Derek Billey chasing down a long fly ball in the left-center field gap to save a potential leadoff Woodinville extra-base hit off relief pitcher Hayes Gorecki, who took the hill in the 8th inning and would finish the game with the loss. Woodinville was able to push across the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning off a walk, stolen base, balk and soft RBI groundout with the infield pulled in. Garfield got 2 runners on off the Woodinville bullpen in the bottom of the 9th, but Billey’s sharply hit grounder to the third baseman turned into a 5-4-3 double play to end the ballgame, with Woodinville retaining 1st place in the Crown Division of Kingco 4A. Garfield takes on Inglemoor at home on Wednesday afternoon as the Bulldogs (4-3 overall, 1-2 in conference) look to even up their league record.

Garfield’s JV was blanked by Woodinville 5-0. Freshman Henry Freed made his pitching debut of the season, throwing 4 innings, leaving down 1-0 at the time. Sophomores Ben Nogawa and Nils Whisman each had sharply hit singles, but the Bulldogs offense was unable to capitalize. Garfield kept it close until the end when the Falcons tacked on insurance runs.

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On a beautiful spring afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, the Bulldog baseball team ventured south to Yelm High School for a non-league matchup with the Tornados on their home field.  After Garfield plated 4 runs in the top of the 1st led by hits from the first 3 batters of the game, Yelm responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st off starter Hank Droege. It looked like it could be a high-scoring affair, but Garfield’s offense checked out early–only 3 more Bulldog runners would reach base after the 1st inning. Yelm was able to push across 4 runs in the 4th inning off Justin Arkills-McLain, then another in the 6th for a 7-4 win over Garfield.

Coach Chris Moedritzer used 6 different pitchers in 6 innings, getting a good look at his relief pitching corps for the season. “We executed our game plan in taking a look at most of our roster in a game setting, but our guys just didn’t take care of business at the plate. No excuses. We saw a few good things out there during the game, but overall it was a disappointing loss that I expect our guys to bounce back from on Monday, ” Moedritzer said after the game. The Bulldogs offense was led by Liam McFeely, who went 2 for 4 with a double and a run. Garfield is now 4-2 overall, 1-1 in conference play. Woodinville is the next scheduled opponent with the game falling on Monday afternoon at Garfield.

The Garfield JV team executed its similar game plan, playing its whole roster during the course of the afternoon, but with different results. The offense shined in their 13-5 victory at Yelm. Luc Carlin was the starting pitcher and lefty David Brinkley pitched 4 hitless innings in relief. The JV Bulldogs move to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in conference play.

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The Bulldogs took the field on a bright sunny afternoon at Garfield Playfield and had a shaky 1st inning, seeing the visiting Roughriders jump out to a 2-0 lead behind a double, an error, a few stolen bases, and a single. Things looked like they could get ugly, but senior pitcher Collin Evenson settled down, finishing with 4 innings pitched while allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 3. The Bulldogs responded with a run of their own in the 1st inning on a RBI single by Chandler Honican scoring his double play partner, Liam McFeely. McFeely has been feeling it at the plate as of late so he found his name up in the #2 hole in the lineup–he would reach base in 3 of his 4 at-bats. Honican was not done either, adding a hit-and-run RBI groundout in the 3rd, a RBI single in the 4th inning and another single in the 6th inning to finish with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day. Hayes Gorecki had a line drive RBI single to right-center field, which seemed to be a magnet for the Bulldogs bats lining several base hits to that location off of the Roosevelt pitching staff. Speedy outfielder Derek Billey had a RBI double down the left field line in the 4th inning and dropped down a drag-bunt for a base hit to lead off the 6th inning. The Bulldogs finished with 12 hits on the day, more than enough to get the job done.

Roosevelt would not get another hit for the rest of the afternoon thanks to Evenson’s great pitching effort and an important 2 innings pitched by sophomore Owen Vickrey allowing Garfield to extend its lead. Senior southpaw Zach Ward came in to close out the game with a save, giving fans a scare by walking the first 2 hitters to put the tying run at the plate. He settled down, retiring 2 batters before applying the tag at the plate to end the game on a wild pitch, on which the Roosevelt runner tried to score a meaningless run while down 3 runs. Ward also finished his day with 2 hits at the plate.

The Garfield defense was excellent, only committing 1 error in the 1st inning. Honican threw out a runner from deep in the hole at shortstop on a skip throw across the diamond, picked nicely by first baseman John Trupin. Gorecki made a nice play on a ball hit down the third base line, throwing a laser to beat the runner by a step. McFeely seemed to be fielding most of the ground balls as the Roosevelt hitters gave him a lot of action on the right side of the diamond. The defensive effort really fueled the offense as some big plays were made out in the field that carried over as confidence and momentum when the players came in to swing the sticks.

The win was much-needed after the tough loss at Ballard earlier in the week. With the win today, Garfield was able to even up its conference record at 1-1. The Bulldogs have won 4 of 5 games to open the season, with their next matchup coming against nonconference opponent Yelm on Saturday afternoon. Road trip!

The Garfield JV team came from behind to defeat Roosevelt at Lower Woodland Park 10-6. The JV Dogs move to 2-2 overall, 1-1 in conference play. Highlights include Nils Whisman pitching 3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win, outfielder Dominick Lewis getting two extra-base hits, and catcher Ben Koerner hitting a 3-run triple to put the Bulldogs on top for good in the 6th inning. Coach Rosencrantz said afterwards, “Despite the fact that the Bulldogs were behind for most of the game, we never got down on ourselves and always believed in our team. This was a character-building win and I’m proud of my boys!” The JVs also travel to Yelm this weekend.

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Beavers Beat Bulldogs

Ballard jumped out ahead of Garfield to open Kingco conference play, putting up 2 runs in the 1st inning and 2 runs in the 2nd inning on a cold and windy day at Whitman Middle School. The Bulldogs came out flat offensively and were not able to recover from the initial knockout blows, only plating 2 runs in a late 5th inning rally strung together by a Hayes Gorecki line drive double down the left field line, a Liam McFeely RBI single up the middle, and a Sam Kennard RBI single to right-center field.

The Beavers ran up the pitch count early on pitcher John Trupin, leading to an early exit for the Bulldogs ace. He finished his 3 innings pitched with 4 strikeouts, while only allowing 1 earned run. Hayes Gorecki came in to throw 3 scoreless innings in relief, locating his breaking ball for strikes and commanding the count during the 36 pitches he threw this afternoon.

The Ballard pitcher threw a gem, striking out 8 while allowing 2 runs and 4 hits in his 7 innings pitched. The defense was solid providing help with several quick 1-2-3 innings. He was able to coax the final out off the bat of McFeely, who hit a line shot at the second baseman to end the game with the tying run at the plate.

The Garfield JV team lost 11-9 to Ballard in 8 innings with starter Justin Arkills-McLain having a solid outing and Luc Carlin throwing well in relief. Ben Nogawa hit an inside-the-park homer and Dominick Lewis finished with 2 doubles, highlighting the JV Bulldogs offense. Coach Rosencrantz said after the game, “The Bulldogs brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm and left it all on the field today. Tough loss, but great effort.”

Roosevelt comes to Garfield on Thursday, with the JVs playing at Lower Woodland.

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As the temperatures dropped and daylight faded, Garfield junior shortstop Chandler Honican stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 9th and with the bases loaded, crushed a majestic bomb deep into left that cleared the bags and as sophomore Derek Billey crossed the plate for the winning run to seal the come from behind home victory, the Bulldogs mobbed both players. The walkoff win over 3A State Tournament team, Lake Washington HS was another test of the Bulldogs fortitude as they overcame two leads in the early season battle.

Alex Chase and Liam McFeely started the Garfield rally in the 9th inning with a pair of singles, followed by Billey’s 2nd hit of the night to load up the bases. The table was set and Chandler “The Chef” Honican cleared it with a clutch game-ending double, capping the best game of his high school career to this point. He was fired up to play against many of the players and coaching staff from his Kirkland summer team, finishing the night going 4-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.

The Bulldogs starter Owen Vickrey was touched up for 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning on a barrage of of LW hits, including a ground-rule double off the tree down the right field line over fair territory. We came back in the bottom of the frame with 2 runs to cut the lead in half and began to build some energy for what would become another afternoon of relentless effort from both our offense and defense. Reliever Hank Droege, in his season debut, pitched out of a couple jams and used a mix of speeds and locations with a nasty breaking ball to shut down a couple of Kangs’ rallies in his scoreless 3-1/3 innings. His effort was matched in relief by Charlie Tarnoff and Zach Ward who both coaxed LW into several fly and ground outs that killed any hopes of a rally. The visiting Kangs took another lead in the top of the 9th on a long 2-run triple to right field hoping to deflate Garfield’s resilient team personality, but the Bulldogs rallied again to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

There were some defensive gems as well as Hayes Gorecki handled several tough ground balls at 3rd and Liam McFeeley grabbed a failed hit-and-run popup in short center and threw a laser back to first to double up the runner. Billey, Justin Arkills-McClain and Ricky Nakamura handled several line drives and tough fly balls in the outfield to round out another positive defensive game.

Our Bulldogs JV team endured a tough contest under the lights at Garfield but lost to a strong Mercer Island JV team 13-3 in 5 innings.

The Bulldogs 4A conference foes fill the calendar starting today as we travel to Ballard to take on the Beavers for the conference opener. The schools played a pair of close hard-fought games last season, splitting the season series. 2011 All-Kingco 4A 2nd Team Pitcher John Trupin will get the nod as the starting pitcher for Garfield.

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On a sundrenched afternoon in Bellevue the Bulldogs logged their second victory of the season with an extra inning contest against the Sammamish Totems. The 7-2 win wasn’t achieved until closer John Trupin shut down the Totems after the Garfield top of the 9th when the fireworks were finally lit!

Both teams battled throughout the game with the score knotted at 2-2 until the floodgates opened and the Bulldogs began to hit for some damage. Sam Kennard started the rally with a line-drive single up the middle, followed by Alex Chase’s double crushed deep into left. Zach Ward hit a two-run single to take the lead. Hayes Gorecki followed with his own blast into the left-center gap and Trupin added a mortar shot deep into center field. When the barrage was finally over, the score had changed to 7-2 in favor of Garfield.

Along with Trupin, the Bulldogs saw solid mound appearances from starter, Collin Evenson and relievers, Zach Ward, Owen Vickrey and Hayes Gorecki. There were some stellar defensive stops by the ‘Dogs, but Chandler Honican and Justin Arkills-McClain put on a clinic at their respective positions of shortstop and right field. The defense and offense fed off of great plays and rallies to finish the game with a 3 up-3 down bottom of the 9th stop of the Totems, ending on a circus catch by first baseman Charlie Tarnoff in foul territory.

The Bulldogs JV team also notched a win in their season opener over Sammamish 13-5 with a solid all-around performance from the offense, defense, and pitching staff.

Next week will be busy with a non-conference rescheduled game against Lake Washington on Monday, the conference opener against Ballard on Tuesday, a league game on Thursday vs. Roosevelt, and a nonleague road trip on Saturday to Yelm.

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On another wet Seattle spring afternoon the Bulldogs opened their 2012 season with a rain shortened, non-conference victory over the Mercer Island Islanders. Taking advantage of several walks and some timely hitting by Zach Ward and Alex Chase, the Garfield squad grabbed a 6-4 win in 5 innings. Chandler Honican and Derek Billey also added RBIs in the 4th when the Bulldogs increased their 2-1 margin by 4 more runs.

Senior starter John Trupin had command of the early innings while fighting off the elements and a couple of close calls that went the other way. Fellow senior pitcher Collin Evenson took over in the 5th inning and held his own while the rain and wind continued to blow through the ballpark.

Some defensive standouts were plays made by right fielder Justin Arkills-McClain and Derek Billey in center field. Sam Kennard made another exceptional play while catching when he fielded a ricocheted wild pitch off the backstop and threw a base stealer out at second. Kennard made the same play during the Jamboree on Saturday. The game was finally called by the umpires due to wet and potentially unsafe field conditions after a Mercer Island batter launched his wet bat down the 3rd base line, dislocating his shoulder in the process of swinging. The umps also cited the relief pitchers struggling to grip the cold wet baseballs and pitch anywhere near the strike zone, leading to many walks for both teams late in the game.

All in all it was a season opener to savor due mostly to the less than favorable weather and just to kick off the year with a win. We’ll take the field again on Wednesday against Lake Washington HS in another home game. The JV game this afternoon at Island Crest Park was rained out and will be rescheduled for Monday, March 19th with the site and time TBA.

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On a soggy, blustery evening the Bulldogs hosted their first ever, home field, pre-season Jamboree on the recently renovated Garfield Playfield. With the park lights blazing into the night sky showing off the relentless, driving rain along with the gorgeous, emerald turf, three local teams from the Kingco 3A, Metro 3A, and Kingco 4A athletic conferences; the Juanita Rebels, the O’Dea Fighting Irish, and your Garfield Bulldogs tuned up their pitching staffs and lineups for the start of the 20 game seasons that will be jammed into the next 8 weeks.

With the new sound system booming out some jams and player introductions, the die-hard fans kept dry under a multitude of umbrellas and even had some portable propane heaters perched in the stands as well as in our home dugout! As wet as we got, our guys found a little warmth and renewed energy from the extra heat thanks to Garfield Diamond Sports Boosters President Scott Honican.

Play on the field was fast paced and pretty impressive from each team given the weather and the early season debut for all the ball clubs. Our Bulldogs had some “live bats” in each of the two games and made several defensive gems as well. Pitching coach Rey Verduzco was able to see 6 members of the staff in action on the hill and all 3 of our varsity catchers got some innings behind the dish.

Head coach Chris Moedritzer was thrilled with the effort of all of the teams and how smoothly the event unfolded. Opening his second season at the helm, he has high expectations and goals for this team filled with 12 seniors. Assistant coaches Luke Moedritzer and Dan Billey were also excited about the focus and intensity of the team. All 4 coaches have been working hard to get the club “game ready” for what will be a tough fight to earn a playoff berth in the Kingco 4A postseason tournament!

As always, the wafts of deep fried chicken from Ezell’s floated throughout the area, but the food fare expanded to some of the many vendors around the Central District. Fans and players alike seemed content munching on burritos and teriyaki as well as BBQ and home-made snacks. We’ll look to have more fan snacks on hand at the park as the season progresses.

Our Junior Varsity team hosted their own Jamboree with the same high schools at Bobby Morris Playfield in the heart of Capitol Hill earlier in the day. Always entertaining, the area held to its reputation and gave another group of hardy fans a sensory spectacle of what makes that park special in its own way. Under the leadership of Head coach Zak Rosencrantz and Assistant coach Andy Turner, our Bulldogs gained a little more experience and readiness for their season as well. The JVs stumbled out of the gate against a lively Juanita club in the opener, but put together a solid effort against O’Dea in a close hard-fought battle to round out the JV Jamboree.

Thanks to the Juanita and O’Dea coaching staffs, players, and fans for participating in our 2012 Baseball Jamboree. Here’s to a couple of fantastic seasons for each of our Bulldog teams!

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