The Garfield Bulldogs opened the 2014 season on the road with a 11-6 win in 9 innings against the Chief Sealth Seahawks. The final score was not indicative of the pitchers duel that the game was through the first 6 innings. Owen Vickrey threw 4 strong innings, allowing only 2 runs. David Brinkley relieved in his Varsity debut with 3 innings pitched and 4 strikeouts.
The Bulldog bats had some success against the knuckleball of the Seahawks starting pitcher, but left 13 runners on base throughout the afternoon. A couple Sealth miscues mixed with some timely hits by Garfield allowed the Bulldogs to come from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead in the 7th. Chief Sealth answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, with the Bulldogs being saved by a strike from right field by Justin Arkills-McLain to throw out a baserunner at home plate.
Garfield loaded the bases in the 9th inning and had a 2-out rally led by Eli Wilson’s RBI single to right field to take a 5-4 lead. The Bullldogs continued to hit the ball hard and take advantage of wild pitches and walks from Seahawks to score 7 runs in the inning. Toby Perkins allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but held on for the win. Duncan Skerrett and Alex Chase each finished with 3 hits, while Henry Freed had 5 hits for Garfield, including 2 infield singles. Chase also recorded 5 RBIs to lead the Bulldogs.
Garfield (1-0 overall) will play at West Seattle tomorrow afternoon while the JV team will open up its season at home against West Seattle. This pair of games at the West Seattle schools are a homecoming for West Seattle Little League alums and current Garfield Bulldogs Owen Vickrey, Alex Chase, Justin Arkills-McLain and Derek Billey. Last, but not least, a victory to open the season on St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without wishing our assistant coach, Dan Billey, a happy birthday!