Garfield knocked off the West Seattle Wildcats 6-4 this afternoon behind the bats of Derek Billey, Alex Chase, Jonathan Yang, and Eli Wilson. Billey had 3 hits and 2 RBIs, Chase had a pair of hits, Yang had a 2-RBI single and score a couple runs, and Wilson had a timely RBI double during a 5-run 4th inning for the Bulldogs. A few quick early innings were followed by the Bulldogs capitalizing on West Seattle errors to jump out to a 6-1 lead. The ball seemed to jump off the bat, making for an action-packed afternoon on the fieldturf at Hiawatha Playfield. The defensive highlights included Billey making a beautiful sliding catch in center field and Yang making an acrobatic leaping catch of a line drive at second base.
Justin Arkills-McLain pitched 5 excellent innings, allowing only 1 hit while recording the victory. The Wildcats made a late run to close the gap to 6-4 on an opposite-field homer, but Henry Freed came in for the 6-out save to slam the door shut for Garfield and seal the deal.
Garfield JV was able to work just about everyone into the lineup in a 16-6 win over West Seattle. It was an all-around team effort with base hits from top to bottom in the batting order. Caleb Stocker had the deep drive of the afternoon with a triple to left field in the 1st inning to set the tone for the offense. Aidin Montefisher and Conor Nuttall provided solid pitching efforts for the Bulldogs (1-0 overall record).
The Varsity team moves to 2-0 overall with the win. The Bulldogs next game is on the road against Blanchet at Magnuson Park on Monday, March 24th. The JV team will play at home against Lake Washington on Thursday evening and then on the road at Blanchet next Monday afternoon.