Archive for March, 2015

Garfield dominated at the plate and on the mound in their 20-2 defeat of Rainier Beach Monday afternoon. An expanded roster was able to see action on Monday afternoon, as Garfield was able to patiently knock around the Rainier Beach pitching staff for 11 hits in 5 innings. Garfield scored three runs in the first inning to set the tone, but gave up a couple runs to an aggressive Rainier Beach lineup early in the game. The Bulldogs added eight runs in the second to re-take control and then finished with eight more in the top of the fifth to put the game away for good. Freshman Kepler Swanson, sophomores Travis Weaver and Klaus Bachhuber recorded their first Varsity hits in their debut.

Bulldogs pitchers Toby Perkins, Caleb Stocker, Aidin Montefisher, Christian Bossett, and Harald Hyllseth combined to hold the Vikings bats to just two hits. The appearances by Stocker, Montefisher, Bossett, and Hyllseth were their first career Varsity pitching outings, all of which were scoreless innings of relief.

The Bulldogs JV team will play against O’Dea at Judkins Park on Wednesday afternoon. The Varsity (3-4 overall, 3-2 league) will host O’Dea, the defending state champions, on Wednesday evening under the lights at Garfield.

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Garfield was unable to bring in the tying run in the top of the 7th inning, falling at Bainbridge 3-1. Bainbridge put up three quick runs in the bottom of the 1st inning to take a 3-0 lead. Garfield scored a run in the top of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs. Eli Wilson hit a deep shot to left field, that was caught 10 feet from the fence. The wind had been blowing in all afternoon, definitely playing a role in knocking down the deep Wilson fly to end the game.

Henry Freed shut down the Bainbridge lineup after the 1st inning, before leaving with a hip flexor injury after the third inning. David Brinkley came on to keep Bainbridge in check for the rest of the game with three scoreless innings of relief.

Offensive highlights included Spencer Mann garnering three hits and a key hit by Jupiter Breuner to extend the final inning and make things interesting down to the final pitch.

The JV team lost both ends of the doubleheader 14-3 and 12-0. The first game was close with Eli Powell on the hill for the Bulldogs, but the Spartans ran away with it at the end. The second game wasn’t as close with the Bulldogs being unable to muster much at the plate.

The next game for Garfield (2-4 overall, 2-2 in league play) will be on the road at Rainier Beach on Monday afternoon.

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Garfield defeated division opponent Bainbridge 3-2 on Thursday afternoon at Garfield in a makeup of Wednesday’s rained out game. The win gives the Bulldogs a 2-1 record in league play, 2-3 overall.

Eli Wilson drove in two runs for Garfield with another monster triple in the third inning, as he went 2 for 3 to continue his recent hot streak. Spencer Mann led off the fifth inning with a line drive to center field that got under the glove of the diving outfielder so Mann was able to leg it out to third base on the play. Toby Perkins hit a ground ball that took a tough hop on the shortstop who then picked it up and made a throwing error, allowing Mann to score the go-ahead run. Bainbridge’s pitching was solid, allowing Garfield only four hits over the game, but the Bulldogs were able to move the runners around when they did reach base.

Starting pitcher Alex Gregory gave up two runs over four innings, striking out five. Aidan Miller pitched three innings of relief, allowing only one hit while earning the win.

Defensively, Garfield was good all game, turning a clutch 6-4-3 double play to erase the tying run in the seventh inning, and Perkins made a nice pick at first base to end the game. In another display of outstanding defense, Jupiter Breuner laid out for a nice catch in the fifth inning.

The Bulldogs Varsity team will make the ferry trip to Bainbridge Island on Friday afternoon to complete the home-and-home series with the Spartans, while the JV will host Bainbridge in a doubleheader at Garfield.

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It rained most of the day, but the sun came out for just enough time to get a ballgame in at Garfield on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately this gap in the inclement weather did not work to the Bulldogs advantage as they were hit hard by the Eastside Catholic Crusaders on Monday afternoon, losing 11-1 in six innings.

Starting pitcher Toby Perkins lasted three innings and gave up seven runs. Zubin Kopischke came on to give up three runs over two innings, and Henry Freed pitched an inning of relief allowing one run. Alex Gregory had the defensive highlight with a nice play on a grounder hit to deep short, which Gregory fielded cleanly and made a strong throw to record the out at first base.

Offensively, the Bulldogs were unable to put much together, mustering only two hits off the Eastside Catholic pitchers, who were very effective at pitching out of jams. Garfield was unable to capitalize on five walks and a hit batter, stranding nine runners on the base paths. Gregory provided the lone RBI, with a two-out single in the 3rd inning to score Jupiter Breuner.

The JV team lost 8-2 at Eastside Catholic, with the Crusaders runs all coming in the 4th and 5th innings. Jack Alden pitched a strong three innings to start the game. Kepler Swanson had a pair of hits, including a triple. Ben Wong added a RBI double. The late EC runs, fueled by Garfield miscues, were too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in the end.

The Bulldogs next opponent is Bainbridge. With this being a divisional matchup, the teams will play a home-and-home series with the Varsity game being at Garfield on Wednesday and the JV at Bainbridge.

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Garfield rode a huge 5th inning to defeat Nathan Hale 7-2 Saturday morning, in the first conference game for both teams. Despite the game being played at Garfield, the Bulldogs were the visitors due to Hale’s home field of Meadowbrook being rained out the previous day and being deemed unplayable on Saturday morning.

The game started slowly with the Hale Raiders mustering two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning off sophomore Bulldogs starter Alex Gregory. Garfield responded with a run in the 4th and four more in the top of the 5th to chase Hale’s starter. During the long inning, the team batted all the way through the lineup, led by clutch hits by Eli Wilson, Gregory, Henry Freed, and Aidan Nuttall. Garfield would tack on an insurance run in the 6th to make it 7-2.

Junior reliever Aidan Miller was lights out, allowing only one hit over the final three innings while striking out four. Defensive highlights for the Bulldogs included a nice play up the middle by second baseman Zubin Kopischke on a groundball and a spectacular diving catch by center fielder Patrick Lin later in the game to save an extra-base hit.

The JV team went ahead early, but a long top of the 7th inning allowed Hale to take the lead and hang on for 15-8 win.

The Varsity team (1-0 conference, 1-2 overall) will play at home against Eastside Catholic on Monday afternoon, while the JV (0-3 record) will travel to Eastside Catholic.

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The Bulldogs were unable to overcome a four-run first inning by the Mount Si Wildcats, dropping the game by a score of 5-3 on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Garfield.

Toby Perkins got the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs over 3 innings, but racked up three strikeouts along the way. David Brinkley shined in relief, throwing three shutout innings on a very low pitch count. Alex Gregory allowed one run in the top of the 7th in relief. Freebies ended up hurting Garfield as Mount Si was able to capitalize on several walks and hit batters in the 1st and 7th innings.

Garfield was able to muster six hits over the course of the game, as the offense hit much better than the previous game. Eli Wilson got things going early with a first inning triple to left field, followed up by an Alex Gregory RBI single. Spencer Mann and Wilson contributed RBIs in the 5th inning, as Garfield put together a two-out rally to close the gap to a single run and steal some of the early Mount Si momentum back. Their pitcher finished off his complete game on a strong note, mowing down the Garfield hitters in the final two innings.

The Bulldogs’ defense had a decent day, with the infield turning a couple double plays and the outfield gunning an aggressive Wildcat runner trying to extend a double into a triple.

The JV team lost 10-3 at Mount Si. The Wildcats scored early and often, getting out to a 4-0 lead in 1st inning just like the Varsity team did. Jonas Hyllseth had a double to lead the Bulldogs offense. Tim Arnold and Kelvin Wallace both got hits for the second consecutive game. The Varsity and JV teams are now 0-2 heading into league play.

The next game for the Bulldogs will be Friday afternoon, as Varsity travels to Meadowbrook to open the Metro 3A Conference schedule against Hale. The JV team will host Hale at Garfield. These two schools are familiar with each other having played nonconference games against each other for several consecutive years now. Should make for an intriguing matchup.

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The Garfield offense struggled Monday as both Issaquah teams were able to come away with a pair of victories in nonconference play. The Garfield varsity team lost 3-0 at Issaquah, while the JV squad lost 7-1 at home.

Senior Henry Freed was charged with the loss for varsity, giving up three runs in four innings. He breezed through his first three innings, but gave up four straight hits to lead off the fourth, resulting in the three runs. Junior Aidan Miller provided two strong innings of relief to close it out for the Bulldogs. Senior outfielder Jupiter Breuner had the defensive highlight of the day, doubling up a runner at 1st base on a line drive out to center field.

The offense was unable to put much together, as the team only got hits from sophomores Zubin Kopischke and Jae Abrams. The Bulldogs unfortunately were never able to reach third base against the Eagles pitching.

The JV squad trailed 2-1 for most of the game, before allowing the game to get out of hand with five runs scoring in the top of the 7th. Sophomore Jack Alden got the start and threw three strong innings. Sophomore Klaus Bachuber drove in the lone run for the Bulldogs.

Garfield’s next game is Wednesday afternoon, with the Varsity home opener against another Kingco 4A opponent, Mt. Si. The JV team will make the trek east to Mt. Si.

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The 2015 season got off to a great start over the weekend for both varsity and JV teams, as they went undefeated in 4 combined practice games on Saturday afternoon. Varsity won 8-0 in the first game over Steilacoom and 4-1 against Washington, with each game lasting 3 innings.

In the first game, Garfield started out hot, scoring two runs in the first inning, while senior Toby Perkins needed only 11 pitches to shut down the top of the Steilacoom order. The bottom of the order then came through for two more runs, while junior Aidan Miller worked around a bloop single to retire the side. In the top of the third, Garfield exploded for four runs, two coming in on a hard double by sophomore Jae Abrams. Sophomore Alex Gregory then shut the door in the bottom of the inning, striking out the side.

In the second game, Garfield followed up a strong first inning pitched by captain senior Henry Freed by knocking around the Washington starter. Junior Eli Wilson hit a bomb to right center for a triple, and scored on Freed’s line drive to left. Sophomore Zubin Kopischke worked a clean inning, and Garfield scored two more in the bottom of the frame on an infield RBI single by junior Aidin Montefisher and a blast by senior captain Patrick Lin. Senior David Brinkley gave up one unearned run en route to closing it out.

JV smashed their way to a pair of wins, as in both games they scored into the double digits. Timely hits along with a lot of walks allowed the Bulldogs to pull ahead. The pitching staff did its part in shutting down the Steilacoom and Washington JV lineups.

The Bulldogs Varsity will open the season with a nonconference game at Issaquah on Monday afternoon, while the JV team will host Issaquah. The Varsity squads split their season series in 2014 with the Eagles winning at home in March and the Bulldogs upsetting Issaquah at Garfield in April.

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