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Aidan Miller was two outs away from a shutout, but Roosevelt was able to piece together a couple runs in the bottom of the 7th inning en route to a walk-off victory against the Bulldogs 2-1 Monday afternoon. Miller shut down the Roughriders for six innings, but got off to a rocky start in the final inning after hitting a batter and allowing a bunt single. A Roosevelt grounder resulted in an error and a tie ballgame with one out. The next batter hit a slow roller, that would have been difficult to turn a double play on or throw out the lead runner at home, was bobbled and the winning run scored for the Roughriders. This is the second year in a row that Garfield took a lead into the final inning against Roosevelt, but was unable to finish the job.

Despite the frustrating end, Miller shone for Garfield, nearly matching his 7-inning masterpiece he pitched at Lower Woodlands earlier this month against Blanchet. On Monday, he pitched a complete game, only allowing six hits and three walks in 6-1/3 innings. The crafty lefty did not give up a hit until the fourth inning, and faced the minimum through 4-2/3 innings.

Garfield had ample opportunities early in the game, leaving eight runners on base and hitting into three double plays to erase a few more baserunners. Catcher Eli Wilson went 2 for 2 with a double and the lone run scored to lead the Bulldogs offensively.

The Garfield JV team lost in their rematch at home against Roosevelt 5-2. Conor Nuttall and Jack Alden had solid pitching outings, but Bulldogs offense wasn’t able to scrap much together on Monday.

The JV team (6-13 record) will play against Lakeside on Wednesday afternoon at Magnuson Park for their final game of the regular season. Varsity (12-7 record, 12-5 in Metro) will host Lakeside on Thursday afternoon at Garfield. Senior Day festivities will begin at 3:30pm.

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Garfield took advantage of hot bats, great pitching, and perfect defense to beat Cleveland 25-0 at home Friday afternoon. Several early errors and walks aided the Bulldogs offense in staking a big lead. The Bulldogs were able pound out 19 hits and chase the Cleveland starting pitcher after a couple innings. Garfield scored ten runs in the 1st, eight in the 2nd, and four in the 3rd en route to a big win.

Offensive highlights included a huge triple by Alex Gregory and a long double by Aidin Montefisher. Gregory, Eli Wilson and Caleb Stocker each had three hits. Montefisher, Patrick Lin and Zubin Kopischke added two hits apiece. While the Bulldogs did leave many runners on base, they were able to put the pressure on the defense for the entire game, only striking out once.

Aidan Miller got the start and pitched two perfect innings, Toby Perkins pitched the next two innings, and David Brinkley closed it out in the fifth inning. The staff allowed only three hits, walked none, and struck out five. Defensively, the Bulldogs were excellent. A diving catch by center fielder Jupiter Breuner was the main highlight.

Garfield’s Varsity is 12-6 overall, 12-4 in league play. Bainbridge clinched a share of the Mountain Division title with a win over West Seattle on Friday. With just two games remaining for both teams, their magic number is one to clinch the division title and #1 seed to postseason tournament. The next game for the Bulldogs is Monday afternoon at Lower Woodland against former Kingco 4A rival Roosevelt.

The JV team defeated Roosevelt 3-2 on Saturday morning despite the offense having only two hits in the game. Zubin Kopischke pitched four innings and allowed two unearned runs to earn the win for the Bulldogs. Leo Swan and Kepler Swanson combined for three innings of scoreless relief with Swanson recording the save. Garfield JV has a 6-12 record with their next game being a rematch against Roosevelt on Monday afternoon at Garfield.

 

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Garfield pounded out fourteen hits in five innings, while limiting the Cleveland Eagles to only two hits in their 14-0 win Wednesday afternoon. Ten Bulldog players recorded hits as the team rebounded from a one-hit performance Monday. Kopischke had three hits, and Alex Gregory and Freed each had two. Freed, Kopischke and Toby Perkins each had a pair of runs batted in. Garfield also stole eight bases.

Henry Freed had six strikeouts in his three innings on the mound. Zubin Kopischke and David Brinkley followed with scoreless innings of relief. The Bulldogs played error-free defense behind them.

The JV team lost to Ballard 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon. Garfield had fourteen hits, but stranded too many runners on base to keep pace with Ballard’s offense. Carl Dutton, Kelvin Wallace, George Otis, and Travis Weaver all had multi-hit games. Ben Wong had a great start, allowing only four unearned runs. Jack Alden pitched well in relief to finish the game.

Mercer Island defeated the JV team at Garfield on Thursday afternoon 3-0. Garfield allowed three unearned runs in the 1st inning in an otherwise tight ballgame. The Islanders pitching shut down the Bulldogs offense a day after their breakout performance. George Otis and Klaus Bachhuber had good pitching outings for Garfield. JV’s record is 5-12 with three games left to play in the season.

Garfield Varsity currently holds the #2 seed out of the Mountain Division of Metro 3A with a 11-4 league record, 11-6 overall. Bainbridge is in first place, which is still within reach, but the Bulldogs will need some outside help from West Seattle halting the Spartans win streak this week to have any shot at the division title. Cleveland will play at Garfield on Friday afternoon in the last division game for the Bulldogs. The JV team will play against Roosevelt at Bobby Morris Playfield on Saturday morning.

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Garfield was unable to muster much of any offense on Monday afternoon in a 12-1 loss at home to Seattle Prep. Spencer Mann had a leadoff single to start the bottom of the first, but the offense quieted quickly after that. Caleb Stocker scored the team’s lone run after getting hit by a pitch, stealing second, advancing to third on a wild pitch, and scoring on the overthrow. The Panthers pitcher threw a complete game, backed by a solid defense.

Alex Gregory took the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up five runs over five innings. Seattle Prep scored two in the first, with a huge triple keying the scoring. A three-run homer to right field in the 5th was a blow to the morale for the Bulldogs, but the game wasn’t out of reach until six runs scored in the top of the 7th inning.

The JV Bulldogs lost 3-0 at Seattle Prep, despite Eli Powell’s impressive performance. Powell pitched a complete game, but was unable to get any run support from his offense. Tim Arnold had a pair of hits and Jonas Hyllseth added a triple, but the Panthers pitchers for both JV and Varsity were stingy all afternoon, not allowing Garfield to get much of anything going at the plate.

Garfield will look to bounce back into form for the playoffs with a two game series against divisional opponent, the Cleveland Eagles, this week. Varsity (10-6 overall record, 10-4 in conference play) plays Cleveland at Rainier Beach on  Wednesday afternoon. JV (5-10 record) hosts Ballard on Wednesday afternoon and is also at home against Mercer Island on Thursday afternoon.

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Garfield used timely hitting along with dominant pitching to defeat Chief Sealth 6-1 on the road Friday afternoon. The win marked Garfield’s fifth straight victory, keeping them just one game behind Bainbridge for the division lead. It also is the first time since the 1990s that Garfield has won 10 games in a season.

The team only had six hits in total, but productive outs with runners in scoring position were able to get the job done. Garfield got two runs in the top of the 1st off a RBI groundout by Eli Wilson and a sacrifice fly by Alex Gregory, and would hold the lead the rest of the game. Jupiter Breuner had a RBI single in the 2nd, Toby Perkins had a RBI single over a drawn-in infield in the 4th and Patrick Lin added a sacrifice fly in the 7th to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.

David Brinkley pitched five strong innings, only allowing one run and three hits, while striking out four. The Seahawks lone run came in the 4th inning. Aidan Miller recorded the save in his two innings of work on the mound.

Garfield JV defeated Chief Sealth 11-5 at home, paced by a great offensive performance by the entire team. Leo Swan pitched well in his first start of the season. Klaus Bachhuber had three hits and Conor Nuttall had two to lead the offense. The JV team also won on Saturday morning 4-3 at Ballard. George Otis pitched four innings and passed the baton to Jack Alden, who earned the save. The Bulldogs stranded the tying run at third base in the final inning. JV’s record is now 5-9, after starting the season with eight consecutive losses.

The Bulldogs (10-3 league record, 10-5 overall) next game is against Seattle Prep on Monday afternoon, with Varsity at home and JV at Steve Cox Field in White Center.

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The Garfield Bulldogs defeated their school rivals, the Franklin Quakers, 11-3 on Wednesday afternoon. Seven different Bulldog pitchers combined to hold the Quakers to just a single earned run Wednesday evening. The scoring began in the second inning where Garfield put up a five-spot, helped by a towering double in the left-center field gap by Caleb Stocker. The Bulldog offense continued to roll the whole game with RBI’s from Zubin Kopischke and multiple stolen bases from Patrick Lin, Henry Freed, Travis Weaver, Eli Wilson and Caleb Stocker. Aidan Miller added a pair of RBIs to the scoring later in the game.

Defensively, the Bulldogs played solidly, and backed up their pitching staff well for the first six innings. Stocker had a fantastic catch diving into the 3rd base bullpen for the highlight of the game. The play resembled a catch made by Derek Jeter many years ago at Yankee Stadium where he raced toward the stands in foul territory, secured the catch, and tumbled face-first into the seats. Unfortunately for Garfield, the umpires ruled the ball ‘out of play’ so Stocker’s catch didn’t count.

The Bulldogs JV squad was idle on Wednesday and lost at home to O’Dea on Thursday 7-1. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded in the 7th inning, but were unable to get the big clutch hit they needed to make things interesting. The loss snaps a 3-game winning streak for Garfield JV (3-9 record). The JVs will host Chief Sealth on Friday afternoon and play at Ballard on Saturday morning to finish out the week.

Garfield Varsity plays at Chief Sealth on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs (9-3 in conference play) currently sit one game in the standings behind division leader Bainbridge, with two weeks left to go in the season.

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The tandem of Alex Gregory and Aidan Miller led the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win on a wet Monday afternoon ballgame against the rival Ballard Beavers. Gregory pitched 5 excellent innings, allowing only a 3rd inning run en route to earning the win, while Miller survived a couple intense innings to hold the opponents scoreless and record the save. Gregory scattered three hits, while inducing eleven ground ball outs. Miller did allow several baserunners, but was able to work his way out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th inning and strand the tying run on base in the 7th inning to preserve the victory.

The Bulldogs offense managed just four hits off Ballard’s strong pitching, but the difference was that Garfield was able to string those hits together and take advantage of an outfielder bobbling a grounder to score their two runs in the 3rd inning. Alex Gregory got the hit that drove in Patrick Lin and Spencer Mann to give the Bulldogs the lead.

The Bulldogs Varsity record currently stands at 8-3 in conference play, 8-5 overall. Next up is Garfield’s rival, the Franklin Quakers, on Wednesday afternoon at Rainier Playfield. The two clubs have not met since the beginning of the 2011 season, in which the Bulldogs 21-4 victory over Franklin was the first victory as head coach of Chris Moedritzer’s career.

The JV team was rained out against Ballard on Monday and will replay the game on Saturday morning at Whitman. The Bulldogs JV will host O’Dea on Thursday afternoon and Chief Sealth on Friday afternoon in the beginning of a busy stretch that will include the final nine regular season games over a fourteen day span.

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