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The Inglemoor Vikings donned their alternate gold jerseys for their senior night in Kenmore. Their pitcher was a short lefty, who threw mostly offspeed pitches, relying on location and slowing down the opponents bats. For the most part, the Bulldogs were unable to stay back and hit the ball solidly. John Trupin and Hank Droege each had 2 hits to lead the Garfield offense. Stringing several hits together was a problem all night as the Bulldogs had the bases loaded 3 times and left a total of 12 runners on base. Striking out 10 times throughout the course of the evening also hurt Garfield’s offensive chances at breaking up the shutout.

Hayes Gorecki pitched 3 solid innings, allowing 2 runs. The wheels came off as Liam McFeely was in his 2nd inning of relief. The Bulldogs defense made an error to start the inning and lost 2 fly balls that went above the lights, allowing them to drop but managing to get a double play by catcher Alex Chase tagging both runners at 3rd base, then throwing ahead to the pitcher to re-tag the lead runner who had inadvertently wandered off the base toward home plate thinking he was the one called out on the play. It was a complicated play to follow, but the umpires got it right. Hank Droege came in to get out of the jam and finish the game, lasting 2 innings, while allowing no runs, and striking out 3.

One rough inning was the difference in the game as the Bulldogs dropped their 2nd game in a row and are now out of the playoff hunt. The Vikings really turned their season around after being shutout at Garfield in late March, having clinched the final Crown Division playoff spot the night before and now being in a tie for 1st place in the division. Garfield will finish out its Varsity season on Monday afternoon with a home game against the 2011 state champion, Bothell. Senior Day festivities will start around 3:30pm at Garfield.

Garfield’s JV won at home against Inglemoor 10-7 for their 5th win of the season. Duncan Skerrett started and pitched 5 innings, allowing only 3 runs. Ben Koerner had a double, a triple, and 4 RBI for the Bulldogs. The JV team will finish up its league schedule with a game on Monday at Bothell.

 

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On a wet evening in Woodinville, the Falcons hosted the Garfield Bulldogs on their senior night. Thunder and lightning during the pregame warm-ups delayed the start of the game by a half hour. The Falcons struck first, scoring in the top of the 1st on a double steal. The Bulldogs answered with a RBI single by Hank Droege in the 2nd and a RBI single by Hayes Gorecki in the 4th. With a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th, pitcher Collin Evenson was the victim of some bad luck. A throwing error on a play at the plate, a couple missteps on the wet field by Bulldogs on defensive efforts, a flare single with the infield drawn in, and a squeeze play resulted in 5 Woodinville runs. Evenson would go on to pitch 5 innings while allowing 6 runs, 2 earned runs, 7 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts.

The Bulldogs defense made some nice plays as all 3 outfielders chased down fly balls in the poorly lit Woodinville outfield. Gorecki also had several nice plays at 3rd base throughout the evening. The Bulldogs were not able to stop the well-executed manufacturing of runs by the Falcons, who seem to always figure out a way to get it done offensively. In the end, the Woodinville defense won the battle by remaining error-free and limit the damage against it, which Garfield was unable to do.

Gorecki and Droege got the bats going again in the 6th inning with a single and a double to the wall. The Woodinville bullpen came on to shut down the Bulldogs after their starter was chased from the game. A softly hit line drive was caught by the left fielder, who was able to double up the Bulldogs runner trying to scamper back to 2nd base to end the inning and rally threat. The Bulldogs went quietly in the steady rain of the 7th to drop a tough game at Woodinville 6-2.

Woodinville, Ballard, and Bothell clinched playoff berths with the Bulldogs loss this evening. Hope is still alive as the Bulldogs (8-10 overall, 5-8 in conference) need to win their final 2 games (including Friday night at Inglemoor) and have Inglemoor to lose all 3 of their remaining games to qualify for the Kingco conference tournament.

Garfield’s JV team lost a close game at Garfield earlier in the afternoon 2-0. Justin Arkills-McLain threw all 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs in the 1st inning. The offense was not able to give him the support he needed after such a solid pitching effort. The JV Bulldogs move to 4-12 overall, 1-11 in conference play. They will host Inglemoor on Friday afternoon for their final home game of the season before finishing with 2 road games next week.

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The Garfield Bulldogs, with their backs against the wall in the chase for a Kingco playoff spot, took care of business on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Lower Woodland Park by dealing the Roosevelt Roughriders their 11th consecutive conference loss. Roosevelt took an early lead in the 1st inning on a swinging bunt that dribbled down the 3rd base line that would score a runner from 3rd. Garfield responded with 2 runs on a clutch 2-out RBI single by Liam McFeely in the top of the 3rd. Roosevelt scored another run off starting pitcher John Trupin on a solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd. Joe Renner added a RBI single in the 4th and Alex Chase had a big hit to plate 2 more with a double down the right-field line in the 5th.

Trupin would pitch 6 innings, while scattering 5 hits and 2 runs, striking out 7. The win moves his record to 4-3 on the season. Hank Droege came in to close the game and record his 1st save of the season while striking out 2 Riders batters in the 7th to hang on to a 5-2 lead. The Bulldog outfield of Ricky Nakamura, Derek Billey, and Justin Arkills-McLain looked good defensively all afternoon as they got a lot of action for fly ball outs.

The Bulldogs offense was spread around with no player recording multiple hits, but many quality at-bats in the game to get in to the Roughriders bullpen. There was a tense atmosphere throughout the game as the bleachers were crowded on both sides, as it should be for a late-season game between two rival schools like Garfield and Roosevelt. Garfield (8-9 overall, 5-7 in Kingco) plays at Woodinville on Wednesday night, remaining 1 game behind Ballard for the final playoff spot with one week remaining in the regular season.

Garfield JV baseball team lost at home to Roosevelt 6-1. Owen Vickrey tossed 3-2/3 strong innings, striking out 6. Jonathan Yang had 2 hits to lead the Bulldogs offense. After making a short Varsity debut on Friday, third baseman Ben Koerner added a hit and a sacrifice fly today. Garfield JV will host Woodinville on Wednesday afternoon.

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Hale Handles Garfield 4-2

The sun made a guest appearance this afternoon after a morning of rain and uncertainty if the JV-Varsity doubleheader would get played. Fresh off a rainy blowout loss the day before, the Bulldogs looked to bounce back with a win. Nathan Hale was just back from spring break, having a whole week off from Metro 3A league games.

Hayes Gorecki got the start for the Varsity Bulldogs and pitched 4 strong innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run. The game was scoreless until the 4th inning when the visiting Raiders were able to string together a few hits to get a run across. The Raiders would successfully execute a squeeze play bunt off Garfield reliever Owen Vickrey and tacked on another run later in the 5th and 6th innings for a 4-0 lead. A single by Joe Renner in the 6th was able to advance on a Hale throwing error and then score on a Hank Droege sacrifice fly. Hayes Gorecki led off the final inning with a single and would later score on a Ricky Nakamura sacrifice fly. Nakamura would finish 2 for 2 on the afternoon with a RBI. The tying run came to the plate in the 7th with 2 outs, but the Bulldogs came up short with the game ending on a strikeout.

Justin Arkills-McLain misjudged a fly ball off the bat of the leadoff hitter in right field, but recovered nicely to hose the runner out while taking too big of a turn around 2nd base. The overall defensive effort was good enough to win, as was the pitching. Hale has a fundamentally solid ballclub that took care of business late in the game today. Their slightly slower than average pitching kept the Bulldogs off-guard as they only recorded 4 base hits for the day.

Both sides were able to use many of their players in an effort to keep them sharp for the final stretch of conference play that lays ahead in the next 2 weeks as both teams fight for a playoff spot. The game and intensity were tight throughout, but the lack of offense was what hurt the Bulldogs the most in the end. “It was too little, too late,” one player remarked after the ballgame.

The JV Bulldogs defeated Nathan Hale 10-5 earlier in the afternoon. Henry Freed got off to a rocky start on the mound, but was able to settle down after the 1st inning. Duncan Skerrett came on in relief in his most efficient outing of the year with 4 innings pitched without allowing an earned run. Ben Koerner hit a triple over the left fielder’s head and finished his day with 3 hits before being called up to Varsity to make his Varsity debut for an inning behind the plate at catcher. Several other Bulldogs players had solid line drives in the game as the offense was consistent throughout the ballgame, which is something that has been lacking from the recent JV games.

Varsity is now 7-9 overall, 4-7 in conference play. Our back is up against the wall in this final stretch as we have to win one game at a time to stay alive in the playoff hunt. The competition is good, but also pretty evenly matched throughout the conference. The Varsity team plays Roosevelt at Lower Woodland Park on Monday afternoon, while JV (4-10, 1-9) plays Roosevelt at home in another battle of Seattle schools.

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Ballard got their bats started early, just like the Seattle drizzling rain, and did not let up on their offense. They scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning to take a commanding lead. Garfield responded with 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning, jumpstarted by a double to right-center by Derek Billey and a RBI triple to left-center by Ricky Nakamura. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were not able to muster much off Ballard’s ace pitcher. They had only 3 hits all afternoon to go with the 2 early runs.

Collin Evenson got the start for Garfield, pitching the first 3 innings. Joe Renner would follow in relief for his 1st pitching appearance of the season. Azor Cole came in and was effective in relief during the 6th inning, keeping the ball in the strike zone, which proved to be a challenge at times for both sides due to the slick baseballs and the wet fieldturf mound. Liam McFeely closed out the contest, but things were looking bleak by that point with the free passes already piling up. Ballard finished with 8 hits and 13 walks to tally up 14 runs, most of which came in the 1st, 5th and 7th innings.

On the defensive side, the Bulldogs made a few costly errors, but there were some bright spots. Second baseman Liam McFeely turned a great double play to save a run by tagging the baserunner between 1st and 2nd base before throwing to 1st to retire the batter for the 3rd out of the inning. Hank Droege looked solid behind the plate, throwing out a baserunner trying to steal 2nd base. Right fielder Duncan Skerrett chased down a fly ball down the line to rob a sure double.

Garfield (7-7, 4-7) plays Nathan Hale tomorrow afternoon in a nonconference home game. The Bulldogs hope to end the week on a good note with a solid effort and performance leading up to a big week against 3 Kingco Crown Division opponents.

The Garfield JV team was losing 6-2 in the top of the 5th inning when the game against Ballard was suspended due to weather. Nils Whisman pitched the first 4 innings of the game, only allowing a few earned runs. The completion of the game will be held at a later date to be announced. The JV Bulldogs play Nathan Hale in the front end of the JV-Varsity doubleheader Friday at 12:30.

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The Garfield Bulldogs won their first league road game since 2010 this afternoon with a 7-3 victory over the Eastlake Wolves. The Bulldogs were down a few players due to spring break, but those that were in town got extra hitting reps recently as the team was coming off of its scheduled bye on Friday. Once the full field tarp was pulled off Eastlake’s beautiful grass infield, the Bulldogs bats showed up early and often in the game, tying their season-high for runs scored in a game. Joe Renner got his first 2 hits and 2 runs scored of the season. Hayes Gorecki also had quite the day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI, and hitting the ball hard in each at-bat. Alex Chase added a 2-RBI single in his return to catching after missing a couple weeks with an injury. Garfield would score 1 in the 2nd inning to even the game at 1-1, then take the lead in the 4th inning for good 4-3. Insurance runs were added in the 5th and 6th inning with the Bulldogs capitalizing on the Wolves defensive miscues. Only one Bulldog hitter struck out during the whole game, a big change in the offense from some of the previous tough losses that included double-digit strikeout totals.

Senior John Trupin threw a complete game victory, zeroing in on his spots as the game went on. He struck out 5, while allowing 8 hits, 1 walk, and 3 runs. Eastlake hit a few balls hard early in the game, but Trupin settled into a groove and did not allow a run after the 2nd inning. He helped his cause with a long double to right-center field, a bloop double down the left field line, and another single to right field.

The defense was excellent behind Trupin with second baseman Liam McFeely making the defensive play of the game (and potentially the season) by making a full extension dive for a ground ball to his left and getting up in time to rifle a throw just in time to get the runner out at first base. Hayes Gorecki also leaped for and caught a frozen rope over at the hot corner in the 7th inning to squash any hopes of a late comeback.

The win moves the Bulldogs back to .500 overall (7-7), tying Ballard for 4th place (4-6) in the Crown Division, with the two clubs heading into a match-up on Thursday at Garfield. The game will certainly have playoff implications as both teams are fighting for the final playoff spot in the division, entering the home stretch.

Garfield JV lost 9-5 in a rain-shortened game. Ben Koerner had a RBI single and reached base in each of his at-bats. On a relay throw from the outfield, catcher Aidan Nuttall handled an in-between hop on a bang-bang play at the plate to apply the tag in time for the out. Right fielder Elijah Hardy also had a defensive highlight, chasing down a fly ball in the right-center gap to rob a triple. The game was stopped in the 6th inning due to poor field conditions. The JV Bulldogs play at Ballard on Thursday.

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On a cool, drizzly afternoon the Bulldogs traveled east to Skyline HS for a contest with the Spartans. Both teams slated solid starters for the game with Garfield lining up dependable senior John Trupin on the mound. It looked like another game of pitching and defense as both starters were able to get out of some early jams with good locations on pitches and great defenses behind them.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick start in the 2nd inning on Derek Billey’s double that would bounce to the 402′ wall in left center. He scored on a clutch RBI single to right field by Sam Kennard. Billey added another line drive single in the 6th to left to cap a 2 for 3 day and a nice step out of a recent hitting slump. Billey made another run saving catch in the bottom of the 5th with a speedy rundown of a long drive to the left-center gap. Junior Hayes Gorecki also broke his slump, lining a single to left field to start the 7th inning and hitting another line drive at the shortstop earlier in the game. Seniors Joe Renner and Zach Ward made their return to the lineup from sprained ankles suffered in March.

Trupin pitched well enough to keep his team in the game and have a chance to win once again, but it was not to be as the Spartans held on for a 2-1 victory. Hank Droege tossed a great inning of relief in the bottom of the 6th shutting down any thoughts of a late game rally to add to the lead. He has been a solid performer in each of his relief appearances this season.

The game-changing plays were the Skyline defense forgetting to cover home plate on a foul pop fly in the 1st, but recovering in time to beat the Bulldogs baserunner to the plate and apply the tag for the inning-ending out; a Garfield throwing error on a swinging bunt to allow a runner to reach base who would eventually come around to score the decisive run in the 3rd inning; and a trio of Bulldogs hitters looking at strike 3 in the 6th inning to end any rally attempt there. Several hitters had good at-bats to work the count in the 7th inning as Garfield had runners at 2nd and 3rd base, but the offense was unable to plate the tying run as the Spartans closer got the final out for the save. During the past 4 losses, the Bulldogs have lost each game by 1 run but have put themselves in a position to tie or win it by having a runner reach 3rd base in the final inning in each of the games. There is a lot of fight in this team, but its missing someone to come up with another clutch hit in the end.

The Bulldogs have one more crack at the Crest Division with their upcoming game at Eastlake on Tuesday afternoon. Garfield (6-7, 3-6) will need to treat every game as a must-win contest to climb back into the Kingco Crown Division playoff race.

Our Junior Varsity squad had a very tough outing against Skyline at our home park losing in a pitcher depleted blow-out, 25-4. The pitching staff could not get it done, walking too many hitters to keep Garfield in the game. JV plays at home against Eastlake on Tuesday.

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