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The Garfield Bulldogs defeated the Nathan Hale Raiders 9-8 in spectacular fashion on Senior Day. Eight seniors were in the starting lineup and played the entire game for Garfield, putting on quite a show for the loyal Bulldog fans. Before the game, the team did its Senior Day ceremonies to honor the seniors and their parents. The game started with Garfield scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning, with Duncan Skerrett knocking in a run on a triple down the right field line. A rough and lengthy 3rd inning hurt Garfield, with Hale plating 6 runs to take a 7-3 lead. The bottom half of the inning saw the Bulldogs get their momentum back with a pair of runs scoring on a Justin Arkills-McLain double. Max Folkins reached base on a leadoff triple in the 4th and would later score to bring Garfield to within 8-6. The Bulldogs were able to tie the game in the 5th inning on a RBI hit by Tyler Nguyen and another by RBI double by Arkills-McLain.

The final inning saw a great play by Aidan Nuttall at first base to catch a tough bounce on a throw from an infielder. Alex Chase led off the bottom of the 7th inning with a double down the left field line. Hale’s coach elected to intentionally walk Skerrett to set up a force play. Henry Freed, the lone junior in the starting lineup, hit a deep fly ball over the left fielder’s head that easily scored Chase for the walkoff 9-8 win!

Skerrett and Folkins both had a triple and single, Arkills-McLain had 2 doubles and Nguyen also had 2 hits, but the most clutch hits were by Chase and Freed to . Eli Wilson, Justin Arkills-McLain and Owen Vickrey pitched well in relief of starter Toby Perkins for Garfield, all throwing strikes and stranding runners on base. The Bulldogs pitchers only allowed 1 earned run to Hale, with the defense committing 5 errors that led to 7 Raiders runs. The 2 defensive gems for Garfield were Arkills-McLain making a nice diving catch in center field and Skerrett chased down a ball in deep left field.

The Varsity club finishes the season in 11th place in Kingco with a 2-13 conference record, but 4-1 in nonleague games for a 6-14 overall record. The school will be changing to the Metro 3A conference this fall for all sports. New divisional alignment has yet to be announced for the 16-team conference. The shift will reduce travel time and renew traditional Seattle neighborhood high school sports rivalries, such as Garfield vs Franklin, that have been lacking while Garfield, Roosevelt and Ballard have been in the Kingco 4A conference.

The Bulldogs JV team won their season finale 12-4 at Hale. Alex Gregory pitched 5 innings for the victory and was followed in relief with 2 scoreless innings by Aidan Miller. The team swung the bat very well in coming from behind after being down 4-3 early in the game. Garfield’s JV team finishes the season winning 3 of their final 4 games for a 8-12 overall record, 4-11 in conference play. Coach Juan Martinez did a great job with the JV team, keeping their spirits up and leading them to a strong finish to the 2014 campaign. Looking forward to seeing some of the young Bulldogs up on the Varsity team in 2015!

The Garfield senior class of Jonathan Yang, Owen Vickrey, Duncan Skerrett, Tyler Nguyen, Dominick Lewis, Ben Koerner, Max Folkins, Alex Chase, Derek Billey and Justin Arkills-McLain played a key role in helping the Bulldogs earn their 2013 Kingco playoff berth as well as winning back-to-back WIAA Academic Achievement Awards for 4A Baseball in 2012-2013. A special thanks goes out to Shawn Skerrett for being the official scorekeeper at all games, PA announcer Brian Chase for doing the PA announcing at home games, Scott Honican for Bulldog GameDay program production at home games. The Garfield Diamond Sports Boosters include Jon Hughes, Shawn Skerrett, Tom Turner, Lincoln Miller, Dan Billey, and Chris Gilbert, who all were instrumental in helping the Garfield Baseball and Fastpitch Softball programs with fundraising and purchasing the necessary equipment and uniforms for the 2014 season. Honican and Skerrett were assisted by Mike Moedritzer and Dan Wilson in the indoor winter captains workouts at Bush School. Luke Moedritzer helped with the offseason weight training and conditioning during the fall and winter in the Garfield weight room. Honican and Skerrett also coached the Sluggers team that was led by Garfield players in the Auburn Mountainview Fall Baseball League. The volunteer efforts of the individuals listed above, along with assistant coaches Dan Billey, Luke Moedritzer, Rey Verduzco, Dave Larson, Andrew Mitchell, Chris Coyle, David Brown, and Juan Martinez helped create a memorable 2014 baseball experience for the JV and Varsity players and improve the outlook for future Bulldog baseball players.

The next posts on this blog will include information about the Kingco 4A postseason tournament and postseason honors for the Garfield Bulldogs baseball team.

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Newport’s Senior Day got off to a good start for the Knights as they started a rally with 2 outs in the 1st inning off starter David Brinkley and continued to get runners on base to record 6 runs on only 2 hits before the inning came to a close. Not much went Garfield’s way that afternoon as Newport’s starting pitcher threw a 1-hitter. Jonathan Yang had the lone hit for the Bulldogs. Henry Freed pitched an excellent 5-1/3 innings in relief, but the damage was done early. The Bulldogs would go on to drop their final league game in Kingco 4A by a score of 8-0.
Garfield’s Senior Day is slotted for Wednesday afternoon against Hale. Ceremonies will begin at 3:45pm at Garfield with 10 seniors and their parents to be honored on the field before 4pm first pitch. The game will be the final of the season for the Bulldogs (5-14 overall, 2-13 in conference).
The JV Bulldogs defeated Newport in their final home game by a score of 5-0. Harald Hyllseth threw 4 scoreless innings for the win and was followed in relief by Aidan Miller, who picked up the save with 3 scoreless innings of work. The JV team (7-12 overall, 4-11 in conference) will play at Meadowbrook against Hale on Wednesday afternoon in their final regular season game of 2014.

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On a rainy Saturday evening at Garfield, the Bulldogs Owen Vickrey took the hill and looked dominant for 6 innings against the rival Roosevelt Roughriders. Vickrey worked quickly through the Roosevelt lineup, falling just 3 outs short of completing a no-hitter. The Garfield offense scored a run in the 1st inning on a RBI groundout and another in the 3rd inning on a RBI double by Henry Freed. Unfortunately, the 2-0 lead was not enough as Roosevelt was able to score 4 runs in the top of the 7th on 2 errors, 4 walks, and 1 base hit. Vickrey was lifted for a relief pitcher after loading the bases in a tie game. Roosevelt would go on to score 2 more runs on bases loaded walks. The Garfield offense left the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 7th in a tough loss for the Bulldogs.

Garfield’s 3-game win streak was snapped by Roosevelt, whose magic number is now 1 in earning their first Kingco playoff berth for baseball. The Bulldogs fall to 2-12 in conference play, 5-13 overall with 2 games remaining in this final week of the regular season. Garfield Varsity will play at Newport on Monday afternoon in the club’s final league game in the Kingco 4A conference.

The JV team lost 3-1 to Roosevelt on Friday afternoon. The pitching and defense looked solid, but the offense was not able to string together any hits in an inning against the Roughriders. Aidan Nuttall led the Bulldogs with 2 hits. The JV team (3-11 in conference, 6-12 overall) will host Newport on Monday afternoon in its final home game of the season.

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The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 3 games with a victory this afternoon against the Ballard Beavers. The Bulldogs scored first, then the Beavers tied it at 1-1. Garfield responded with a 5-run 4th inning to take a commanding lead of 6-1. Things were looking good for starter David Brinkley before an error led to a couple Beavers runs scoring. Ballard would cut the lead to a single run, but the Bulldogs knocked in 2 runs via key sacrifice flies to extend the lead to 8-5 after 6 innings. Toby Perkins came in to close and allowed a run, but struck out the batter that represented the tying run to end the game. Patrick Lin, Duncan Skerrett, and Henry Freed each had 2 Garfield hits. Alex Chase hit a bases-clearing 3-run double to cap the big 5th inning for the Dogs. Skerrett also had the defensive highlight when he hosed a runner at the plate from right field who was trying to tag up on a fly ball.

The Garfield JV team won their game 9-6 over Ballard. Zubin Kopischke led the Bulldogs with a 2-run triple in a team effort to beat the Beavers JV team at Bobby Morris.

Garfield JV (6-11 overall, 3-10 in conference will play against Roosevelt on Friday at Wilson Pacific. The next Varsity game has been moved from Friday afternoon against Roosevelt to Saturday, May 3rd 7:15pm at Garfield HS under the lights. Garfield’s Varsity record is now 5-12 overall, 2-11 in conference play.

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