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The Garfield Bulldogs have repeated as the 4A Academic State Champs by winning the 2013 WIAA Academic Achievement Award for 4A Baseball. The team had the highest grade point average among Varsity baseball teams at the 4A classification level. The team will be honored at the State Championship game on Saturday, May 25th at 7pm at GESA Stadium in Pasco.

Other team award winners were announced by the coaching staff at last week’s team banquet. The coaches and players voted on the awards at the end of the season for both the JV and Varsity clubs. Here is a list of the 2013 award winners:

Gold Glove Award: Patrick Lin, SOPH (JV) & Chandler Honican, SR (VAR)

Cy Young Award: David Brinkley, SOPH (JV) & Owen Vickrey, JR (VAR)

Silver Slugger Award: Evell Nelson, SOPH (JV) & Duncan Skerrett, JR (VAR)

Most Improved Player: Luc Carlin, SOPH (JV) & Ben Koerner, JR (VAR)

Most Inspirational Player: Jupiter Breuner, SOPH (JV) & Justin Arkills-McLain, JR (VAR)

Most Valuable Player: Eli Wilson, FR (JV) & Hayes Gorecki, SR (VAR)

Scholar Athlete Award: Tavish Fenbert, SR (VAR)

2014 Team Captains: Derek Billey, JR & Justin Arkills-McLain, JR

2013 All-Kingco Honorable Mention: Junior Outfielder Duncan Skerrett, Junior Pitcher Owen Vickrey, Junior Outfielder/Pitcher Justin Arkills-McLain, Senior Shortstop Chandler Honican

2013 All-Kingco 2nd Team Utility Player: Senior Second Baseman/Third Baseman/Pitcher Hayes Gorecki

Hayes Gorecki was also selected to play in the Kingco Senior All-Star Game on Thursday, May 30th at 4pm at Woodinville HS. The doubleheader will feature the 3A team against the 4A team. Gorecki was selected as a second baseman.

Caleb Hamilton of Woodinville was selected as the 2013 Kingco Player of the Year. Woodinville’s Terry Agnew won Coach of the Year honors for Kingco 4A.

An update on how Kingco teams fared after the conference tournament. Issaquah defeated Skyline to finish as Kingco #3 and lost in the Bi-District playoff game. Bothell lost in the Kingco championship to finish as Kingco #2 and lost its first game in the State Regionals. Woodinville won the conference title to finish as Kingco #1 and advanced to the State Quarterfinals, before eventually falling one game away from heading to the State Tourney. The 4A State Semifinals and Finals are this weekend in Pasco, WA.

Thanks to all our fans and community for an exciting and historic 2013 season. Looking forward to improving and getting back out on the field in 2014!

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The Garfield Bulldogs playoff run ended at the hands of the Ballard Beavers up at the neutral site of Inglemoor. Ballard was able to defeat Garfield all 3 times this season. The Beavers took an early 4-0 lead, to which the Bulldogs responded with 3 runs in the 3rd inning to make it a ballgame. Ballard pulled away with 9 more runs to close it out, mostly off walks and Garfield defensive errors. The game grew progressively uglier with the Bulldogs committing 8 errors and walking 11 Ballard hitters. Both teams had 9 hits, with the bulk of Ballard’s offense coming from their #3 hitter, who had 4 hits and 4 RBI.
Garfield got its early offense by way of a RBI double by Chandler Honican and single to plate 2 more runs by Alex Chase in the 3rd inning. Chase would add a double in the 6th and was later knocked in by Eli Wilson on a RBI groundout. Jonathan Yang’s first Varsity hit knocked in the Bulldogs final run in the 7th inning.
The Bulldogs finish the season with a record of 6-16 overall, 5-12 in conference play. The games were exciting and close, which will serve as motivation for Garfield in the offseason as they gear up and retool for the 2014 campaign. The playoff experience should help the young ballclub bounce back stronger next spring. Chandler Honican, Hayes Gorecki, and Tavish Fenbert leave their mark on the program as the graduating class of seniors to lead Garfield to its 1st Kingco postseason tournament appearance since joining the conference in 1997. Garfield Baseball would like to thank its fans for coming out to the ballpark and supporting the Bulldogs during the 2013 season.

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This year marks Garfield’s 1st playoff appearance since 1992 so there was much to be excited about heading into the weekend for Bulldogs Nation. The sun was out, it was 75 degrees, and there was a full slate of Kingco baseball on the schedule at Woodinville HS throughout the day.
If you showed up late to the ballgame, chances are you missed the only scoring of the 68-minute pitchers duel. The Eastlake Wolves scored on a double and triple with 2 outs in the 1st inning. It was 3 up and 3 down for both pitchers for most of the evening. Garfield starting pitcher Owen Vickrey pitched a complete game, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and didn’t walk any batters. Eastlake’s starter topped Vickrey, allowing 3 hits in his complete game shutout. The Bulldogs had a scoring threat in the 5th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out, but struck out twice to end the inning. Garfield’s Alex Chase lined a ball at the right fielder in the 6th inning on a hit-and-run, allowing the Wolves to double up the Bulldogs baserunner and defuse another scoring threat. Justin Arkills-McLain, Eli Wilson and Duncan Skerrett had the Bulldogs only hits. Pitching and defense were the theme of the day for both ballclubs, but Garfield was unable to get the clutch hit to push a run across to stay alive.
The Bulldogs head over to the losers bracket to play city rival Ballard on Monday, May 6th at 7pm at Inglemoor HS.

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A rough 1st and 6th inning sealed the fate of the Bulldogs on a sunny afternoon in Lake City. The Nathan Hale Raiders put up 3 runs in the 1st inning and then 2 more in the 6th to win it after Garfield fought its way back into the game with runs in 3 different innings. Justin Arkills-McLain pitched 3 innings, followed by 2 scoreless innings of relief from Duncan Skerrett and 1 inning from Owen Vickrey. In addition to a good pitching effort, Skerrett went 3 for 4 at the plate. Chandler Honican went 2 for 4, with 1 run and 1 RBI. Derek Billey and Aidan Nuttall added RBI singles for Garfield. The defense had a few mistakes in the big scoring innings that Hale capitalized on, but was solid otherwise.
Garfield finishes its 2013 campaign with a 5-10 Kingco record, 6-14 overall, good for 4th place in the Crown division. The Bulldogs will play against the top seed from the Crest division, the Eastlake Wolves, at 7pm on Saturday, May 4th at Woodinville HS. It will be the 1st Kingco tournament appearance for Garfield since the school joined the 4A conference in 1997.
Garfield’s JV lost 7-4 on Tuesday to Bothell. Luc Carlin didn’t give up an earned run in 4 innings of relief pitching. Henry Freed went 2 for 3 with a triple and 3 runs scored. Jonathan Yang added 2 hits and 2 RBI. The JV Bulldogs improved during the course of the season so that the scores and games were much closer than at the beginning despite the fact that many of the top JV players were seeing time on the Varsity club at the end of the year.
The JV team finished strong to its 2013 season with a 14-2 win over Hale in 5 innings. Garfield had a big day at the plate from several players including Hal Vogel, who went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI; Luc Carlin was 3 for 3 with a double and RBI; Patrick Lin had a hit, 3 runs and 3 stolen bases; and Toby Perkins was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI. David Brinkley threw a complete game for the Bulldogs. The JV team finishes 2013 with a 1-14 league record, 4-16 overall.

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