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On a bright and beautiful sunny afternoon in Seattle, the Redmond Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs 5-1. Redmond put up a couple runs in the 1st inning on a 2-out rally. They added a couple more in the 3rd and an insurance run in the 6th. Garfield stranded 15 baserunners on the afternoon. A clutch hit or two and it would have been a much different ballgame for both teams. The Garfield offense did improve in terms of having more baserunners than in any of the past 5 previous Kingco games, but the team was unable to come up with the big hit to climb back into the game. The Mustang pitching staff did a great job of getting out of jams with minimal damage.

Owen Vickrey pitched a good enough game to keep Garfield in it, but the lack of hits by the Bulldogs offense  was a major problem. The lone Bulldog run scored in the 6th inning. Garfield (0-6 league, 2-7 overall) has a bye from league play on Wednesday so the next scheduled game is on Monday afternoon at home against Woodinville.

The JV team defeated Chief Sealth on Saturday by a score of 12-0 in 5 innings. Zubin Kopischke pitched 5 innings, finally allowing a hit in the 5th and final inning. The team put up 6 runs in the 1st inning and then settled in to play solid defense for rest of the morning.

JV lost at Redmond today 5-1. Luc Carlin, Aidan Miller, and George Otis were on the mound for JV. Caleb Stocker had a RBI single and a stolen base, Travis Weaver had a double and single, Zubin Kopischke played great defense at shortstop. The JV team (1-4 conference, 4-5 overall record) will play their next game at home on Thursday afternoon against Issaquah.

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The tough stretch continued for the Garfield Bulldogs with the team dropping a game against Newport 6-1. Henry Freed got the start and gave up 5 unearned runs in his 2+ innings of work due to a few costly defensive mistakes. David Brinkley came on with an execellent 5 scoreless innings of relief, including his first successful pickoff of the season.

Derek Billey had 3 singles to lead the Bulldogs offense. Ben Koerner added a single and a double. Garfield outhit the Knights 8 to 6, but the bats were silent with runners in scoring position as Garfield’s lone run scored from 3rd base on a heads-up baserunning play by Billey on a dropped 3rd strike. The defensive highlight was a laser thrown from right field by Justin Arkills-McLain to cut down a Newport runner at 3rd base to end the 1st inning.

The Bulldogs opening run through the Crown division ends with Garfield at 0-5 in the standings. The next 2 weeks will include games against the entire Crest division for the crossover round of conference play. Garfield has some work to do to climb back to the pack and get into the playoff race! Redmond will play at Garfield on Monday afternoon.

The JV team lost at Newport 1-0 in a hard-fought battle that was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th. Garfield was limited to 1 hit, but was able to get some baserunners on via the walk throughout the afternoon. Mikio Habu threw an incredible 5 shutout innings for the Bulldogs. Coach Juan Martinez was very happy with the pitching and defensive performance of the team. The JVs will play a makeup nonleague game at Chief Sealth tomorrow morning before traveling to Redmond on Monday afternoon.

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The Roosevelt Roughriders were able to maintain their standing in first place in Kingco 4A with a 10-0 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs this afternoon. Roosevelt took advantage of Garfield defensive mistakes to build an early lead and never looked back. Their southpaw pitcher threw a 5-inning complete game, scattering 4 hits. Owen Vickrey and Duncan Skerrett pitched for the Bulldogs, allowing only 6 hits to the Riders. Henry Freed had 2 singles and Jonathan Yang had a double to lead the Bulldogs offense.

The loss continues a rough road stretch for the Bulldogs (0-4 Kingco, 2-5 overall). On Friday, Garfield returns home to play Newport. The Bulldogs will play 4 of their next 6 games in their own ballpark as they attempt to climb back into the Crown division race.

The JV Bulldogs defeated Roosevelt 6-3 at home. Harald Hyllseth pitched 4 solid innings and was relieved by lefty Aidan Miller. Conor Nuttall had a RBI double in the 1st to set the tone for the afternoon. The major defensive highlight was second baseman Zubin Kopischke making a diving stop up the middle in the 7th and throwing the runner out at 1st from his knees. The game finished on an exciting note with Miller inducing a 1-6-3 double play to end the game. It was JV’s first conference win under Coach Juan Martinez and 3rd win overall (1-2 Kingco, 3-3 overall). The JV team will play at Newport in Bellevue on Friday afternoon.

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The Issaquah Eagles got out to an early lead off Bulldogs starting pitcher Justin Arkills-McLain and never looked back. The Eagles had a 2-run homer in the 1st and then followed it up with multiple runs in the 2nd and 3rd to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Issaquah’s southpaw threw a complete game, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run. The loss knocks the Bulldogs into last place in the Crown division of Kingco 4A.

The only offensive output Garfield got was a RBI single by Derek Billey in the 3rd inning. Billey had a pair of hits, Skerrett added a sharply hit single up the middle in the 6th.  Arkills-McLain pitched and was followed by Toby Perkins, who finished on a strong note with a scoreless 4th inning after being touched up a bit during the 2nd and 3rd. Alex Gregory made his Varsity debut with 2 scoreless innings of relief. Defensive highlights included a diving play at 3rd base by Ben Koerner, who bounced to his feet to make the out at 1st base. Catcher Alex Chase fired a ball to 2nd and had it cut off by shortstop Eli Wilson, who threw home for the tag out on the other baserunner trying to score on the throw through to 2nd base.

The Varsity team (0-3 conference, 2-4 overall) plays at Lower Woodland against city rival Roosevelt on Wednesday afternoon.

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On a beautiful day for a ballgame, the Ballard Beavers and Garfield Bulldogs exchanged single runs in the 1st inning. Derek Billey hit a triple and was driven home on a single by Duncan Skerrett, which was about all Garfield could muster offensively off the Beavers starting pitcher. Ballard’s pitching and defense was great all afternoon with their starter going the distance and the defense making every play behind him. The Bulldogs outfield had several misplays throughout the afternoon, which opened the door for Ballard to run the pitch count up on starter Henry Freed and then put up 4 runs on the Bulldogs bullpen in the 5th and 6th innings. Freed pitched a decent game, allowing only 1 run over 4 innings in his first start of the season. Defensive highlights included a double play by the Bulldogs middle infield and catcher Ben Koerner nailing a runner trying to steal second base. The Bulldogs are now 0-2 in conference play, 2-3 overall. The Varsity team will travel to Issaquah tomorrow afternoon to make up a game that was rained out last week.

The JV Bulldogs were rained out twice over the weekend so they were itching to get back on the diamond today. Unfortunately the result was not so good as Ballard JV defeated Garfield 6-2. The Bulldogs did see some strong pitching performances from Aidan Miller and George Otis. Ryan Witter added the first hit of his Bulldogs career. The JV team (0-2 in conference, 2-3 overall) will host Roosevelt on Wednesday afternoon.

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