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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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JUNIOR VARSITY

  • Jupiter Breuner
  • David Brinkley
  • Luc Carlin
  • Matthew Davids
  • Henry Freed
  • Elijah Hardy
  • Harald Hyllseth
  • Jack Irwin
  • Ben Koerner
  • Dominick Lewis
  • Patrick Lin
  • Evell Nelson
  • Ben Nogawa
  • Aidan Nuttall
  • Toby Perkins
  • Auston Wallace
  • Nils Whisman
  • Jonathan Yang

VARSITY

  • Justin Arkills-McLain
  • Derek Billey
  • Grant Bronsdon
  • Cody Browne
  • Alex Chase
  • Azor Cole
  • Hank Droege
  • Collin Evenson
  • Hayes Gorecki
  • Chandler Honican
  • Sam Kennard
  • Liam McFeely
  • Ricky Nakamura
  • Joe Renner
  • Duncan Skerrett
  • Charlie Tarnoff
  • John Trupin
  • Owen Vickrey
  • Zach Ward

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