Archive for May, 2012


Earlier this week, it was announced that the Garfield High School Baseball team won the academic state championship for 2011-2012. The average GPA from the players on the Varsity roster during the fall semester was 3.65, good for 1st place among 4A baseball programs. The team will be honored on Saturday, May 26th at the State Championship game.

Senior John Trupin was named to the All-Kingco 1st Team as a Designated Hitter.  Juniors Chandler Honican and Hayes Gorecki were selected as Honorable Mentions. Seniors Ricky Nakamura, Collin Evenson, and Hank Droege rounded out the Honorable Mentions for Garfield. The teams were selected based on league statistics. Garfield’s final league and overall statistics are available on the Maxpreps and Gamechanger websites. Listed below are the winners from the Kingco 4A Coaches Meeting earlier this week.

Kingco 4A Player of the Year: Peter Hendron (Redmond)

Kingco 4A Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Mahovlich (Issaquah)

Kingco 4A Coach of the Year: Dan Pudwill (Redmond)

Ballard lost in the bi-district playoff game Monday night so just Redmond (playing at Kent Memorial Stadium) and Issaquah (playing at Everett Memorial Stadium) will represent the conference in the state tournament, with the regionals being played on Saturday, May 19th. The semifinals are Friday, May 25th and the finals are Saturday, May 26th.

Garfield pitcher/first baseman/designated hitter John Trupin was selected to play in the Kingco 3A/4A Senior All-Star Game on Thursday, May 31st at Woodinville High School. The doubleheader will start at 4pm.

Award winners from last night’s Garfield Baseball team banquet as voted on by the players and coaches include:

Scholar Athlete: Collin Evenson (VAR)

Most Valuable Player: John Trupin (VAR), Ben Koerner (JV)

Most Improved Player: Collin Evenson (VAR), Aidan Nuttall (JV)

Most Inspirational Player: Grant Bronsdon (VAR), Dominick Lewis (JV)

Cy Young: John Trupin (VAR), David Brinkley (JV)

Gold Glove: Chandler Honican (VAR), Nils Whisman (JV)

Silver Slugger: Ricky Nakamura (VAR), Jonathan Yang (JV)

Offense Top Play of the Year: Chandler Honican hits walkoff 3-run double to left field in 9th inning to cap 4-hit day vs Lake Washington (VAR)

Defense Top Play of the Year: Justin Arkills-McLain going horizontal to make diving catch in right-center field to save run and stop rally at Sammamish (VAR)

2013 Team Captains: Chandler Honican, Hayes Gorecki, Derek Billey

Special thanks to Brian Chase, Shawn Skerrett, Grover Nogawa and Bill Droege for being scorekeepers throughout the season; Scott Honican for operating the sound system and running the offseason workouts at K Center; Genna Gormley and Linda Giles for organizing the team banquet; to all of those who participated in the team fundraisers; to the drivers on days the teams had to carpool to road games; and to the Garfield Diamond Sports Boosters (Steve Tarnoff, Shawn Skerrett, Dan Billey, Linda Giles, Tom Turner, Scott Honican) for their efforts in helping the baseball and softball programs.

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The Garfield JV team concluded its season with a 6-3 loss at Lake Washington after being rained out the day before. The Bulldogs worked everyone in to the lineup early, using 5 different pitchers on the afternoon. The defensive highlight was a perfect strike thrown from right field to 3rd base by Justin Arkills-McLain to nail a baserunner in the 1st inning trying to go from 1st to 3rd on a single. Garfield took a 1-0 lead over the Kangs on a RBI groundout by Jonathan Yang. The Kangs bounced back with 5 runs in the 4th on several hard-hit balls in the gap, from which Garfield was never able to recover. Jack Irwin added a RBI groundout in the 6th and the Bulldogs scored on an error in the 7th to make the game interesting down to the end. Garfield’s JV team finishes the season with a 5-14 record overall, 2-12 against Kingco 4A opponents.

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The sun appeared just in time for Garfield’s final game. It was a windy afternoon as the Bulldogs honored their senior class of 12 and their parents in a pregame ceremony. A creative prom invitation found its way into the itinerary for the afternoon as senior Grant Bronsdon had the courage to bring out a prom sign and some flowers while his group of fellow seniors was the center of attention on the field. The starting lineup was all seniors, hoping to knock off the Bothell Cougars, the defending state champions, in the final game of their high school careers.

John Trupin made his final start for the Bulldogs, having been the workhorse of the pitching staff for the past 2 seasons. Bothell took advantage of an error and scored in the 1st inning. Garfield responded with a run of its own on a RBI single by Trupin to even the score. Joe Renner hit a line shot caught by the center fielder that could have tacked on a couple more had it been able to find a gap. Bothell came right back and took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd. A nice relay throw by shortstop Liam McFeely gunned a runner at 3rd base. Cody Browne had his 1st hit of the season, spanking a line drive between 3rd base and shortstop. The Bulldogs were unable to push a run across in the 2nd, and gave up another in the 3rd as Bothell capitalized on another Garfield infield error. Bothell would plate 4 more runs in the 4th inning, ignited by a dropped pop-up to start the inning. A 3-run home run blast to right field capped their rally to put the score at 7-1 in favor of the Cougars. Trupin exited after 4 innings, having allowed 7 runs, but only 1 run was earned. Garfield got a little something started in the bottom of the 4th to score another run after a hit batter and a pair of walks, but a baserunning mistake and the inability to get that clutch hit to close the gap cut the rally short. Collin Evenson came on in relief in the 5th inning, allowing only 2 runs in the top of the 7th inning. Evenson would record 6 strikeouts in his 3 innings of pitching. Azor Cole made a great play on a hard-hit ground ball at 2nd base as soon as he entered the game. Sam Kennard made a diving play at 3rd base and throw low to 1st base where Trupin made a nice pick to complete the web gem. To round out the Bulldogs offense, Trupin led off the 7th inning with a double and would score on a sacrifice fly by Evenson, but it was not enough as the Bothell Cougars took the game 9-4. Trupin ended his high school career strong at the plate, with 3 hits in his final game. Ricky Nakamura reached base 3 times, continuing his role as a patient presence in the front end of the Bulldogs lineup.

Garfield finishes the season with a record of 8-12 overall, 5-10 in Kingco conference play. Inglemoor took the Crown Division title earlier today, followed by a three-way tie between Ballard, Woodinville, and Bothell for the other Crown playoff spots. Roosevelt finished below Garfield in the standings. Skyline had the best overall league record, winning the Crest Division. Redmond rode a 12-game win streak into 2nd place in the Crest, with Issaquah finishing 3rd. Newport defeated Eastlake today to claim the 4th and final playoff spot in Crest. Playoffs begin this weekend with the Kingco 4A tournament being hosted by Woodinville High School with cross-division matchups on Saturday. The Bulldogs had hoped to be playing in the postseason, but they will have to wait until 2013 for their chance.

This group of 12 senior student-athletes (John Trupin, Sam Kennard, Zach Ward, Liam McFeely, Ricky Nakamura, Charlie Tarnoff, Hank Droege, Joe Renner, Collin Evenson, Cody Browne, Azor Cole, and Grant Bronsdon) improved dramatically over its 4 years, beginning with suffering many blowouts at the hands of suburban JV baseball teams as freshmen to putting themselves in a position late in the game to tie or win almost every game this season at the Varsity level. The incremental progress is an important step in improving the Garfield baseball program. The Bulldogs will return 7 Varsity players next season, all of whom will be playing competitive baseball this summer for their club teams.

The Garfield JV team lost to Bothell 7-4. Henry Freed pitched 5 innings, but was the victim of several unearned runs. Ben Nogawa made the play of the season with a full extension dive on a line drive to second base, that he was able to double up the baserunner at 2nd base. Dominick Lewis had 2 hits and Jonathan Yang reached base 3 times to lead the Garfield offense. The JV Bulldogs have one makeup game remaining on their schedule, Friday evening at Lake Washington.

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