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2016 Week 10 Recap

The Bulldogs JV team wrapped up its regular season on Monday, May 2nd with a crushing 11-1 victory at home over Hale. Ryan Witter hit a 3-run homer. Tim Arnold had three hits including a triple. Willie Vogel and Nelson Huffaker added triples, while Jonas Hyllseth had a pair of singles. The offense had an early start with seven runs in the first couple innings and four more to finish it in the bottom of the 5th. The win for Coach Fell cemented Garfield JV’s record at two games above .500, a 4-game improvement from the previous year.

The C-Team knocked off O’Dea in their rematch on Wednesday, May 4th at Garfield 3-2. Taj Moore had a strong pitching outing to put the Bulldogs in a position to win the game on a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th inning.

In the final game of the season, the Bulldogs defeated Ballard 12-2 on Friday, May 6th to sweep the season series with the rival Beavers. The wins in the final week moved the Bulldogs two games above .500, quite a successful season for the new freshman class of ballplayers under Coach Deal.

The Varsity playoffs began with a home matchup against the Rainier Beach Vikings on Thursday, May 5th. Senior Aidin Montefisher got the ball for the Bulldogs. The team scored 21 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and cleared the bench in the middle of the 2nd inning. The final score ended up being 42-0 with twenty-two Garfield players getting some game action, including all the JV postseason call-ups.

The Roosevelt Roughriders awaited the Bulldogs at Chief Sealth for the next round of the conference tournament, this game also being a loser-out game. Senior southpaw Aidan Miller got the start and was very efficient, throwing just 41 pitches through the first 4 innings. Garfield scored a run in the top of the 2nd inning on a single by Spencer Mann, who advanced to 2nd base on a groundout and scored on a double that nicked off the glove of the 3rd baseman down the left field line. The Riders got to Miller in the bottom of the 5th inning, scoring three runs with 2 outs to take a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs lined into a double play in the top of the 6th, got the leadoff hitter on base and sent the tying run to the plate in the top of the 7th inning, but were unable to come back from the 3-1 deficit. Roosevelt would advance to play the Blanchet Braves the next day at Steve Cox Field.

Varsity: 11-11 overall, 9-9 in conference, 1-1 in playoffs

JV: 11-9 overall, 10-8 in conference

C-Team: 11-9 overall, 8-3 in conference

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2016 Week 6 Recap

The sun came out for the Bulldogs home game against Blanchet on Monday, April 4th. In a rematch of last year’s pitchers duel, Aidan Miller came out throwing 4 efficient scoreless innings. Alex Gregory shut down the Braves bats in the 5th inning to keep the game scoreless, but Blanchet was able to get a run across in the top of the 6th and took a 3-0 lead on a home run to right field in the top of the 7th. The Bulldogs bats improved from previous game, but the end result was still a scoreless performance from the offense as a couple baserunners were thrown out in scoring position in key situations and most of the hard-hit balls that afternoon were right at fielders.

The JV team came from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning and take a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning and hang on for the road victory against Blanchet. Leo Swan threw 4 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. Eli Powell led the offense with four singles.

The C-Team began Wednesday, April 6th at home with a 5-4 win in the rematch against Lake Washington. Ben Jeweler had a strong start of 4 innings for the Bulldogs and the bullpen was able to hold the lead. The JV team pounded out 15 hits at West Seattle that afternoon, defeating the Wildcats 14-2 in 6 innings. Carl Dutton, Leland Adams, Ben Wong, Kelvin Wallace and Willie Vogel each had a pair of hits. Ben Wong threw a complete game gem, tossing just 66 pitches in 6 innings.

The Varsity team hosted West Seattle that evening under the lights at Garfield. Aidin Montefisher got the start and the victory, pitching 4 innings. The offense erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning including doubles by Owen Cobb and Mikio Habu. Eli Wilson added 3 runs batted in and a double to help the cause. The Wildcats did creep back in the game at one point, narrowing the gap to 7-3 with the bases loaded in the top of the 5th, but Jae Abrams and George Otis got some key outs in the late innings to preserve the Bulldogs lead. The final would be 10-3 with the Bulldogs knocking off division-leading West Seattle.

The Varsity took a ferry over to Bainbridge on Thursday, April 7th for a makeup game against the Spartans. Aidan Miller gave up 3 unearned runs in the 1st inning, but did not wilt under the heat. His 6-inning effort gave the Bulldogs bats a chance to get back in it. A 3-run 4th inning by Garfield tied the ballgame, capped by a 2-run single by Klaus Bachhuber. The Spartans got another run in the bottom of the 5th, but the Garfield bats responded with 4 runs in the top of the 6th inning to a 7-4 lead. J’Raan Brooks knocked in the go-ahead runs in the top of the 6th with a line drive single to center field. Eli Wilson had 3 hits and Alex Gregory 2 hits to lead the offensive attack from the middle of the lineup.  Jack Alden closed the door in the 7th to pick up the save in the 7-4 victory to sweep the defending Mountain Division champions.

Friday, April 8th was the rematch between West Seattle and Garfield’s Varsity teams. Alex Gregory got the start and battled through 4 innings, allowing just a single run. He would exit after the Bulldogs offense put up a 6-spot in the top of the 5th inning at Hiawatha Playfield. Eli Wilson had 3 RBIs again off Wildcats pitching. Kepler Swanson, Caleb Stocker, and J’Raan Brooks each had 2 big hits during the 5th/6th innings when the Bulldogs put the game out of reach. Garfield won 11-3 to secure the season series sweep against West Seattle.

JV finished out the week on Friday with its 4th consecutive win, a 12-2 drubbing of visiting West Seattle in 5 innings. Matthew Koplowitz had 3 hits, while Luke Levasseur and Aaron Kern added a couple hits to lead the Bulldogs. Nelson Huffaker got the complete game on the hill for Garfield.

The C-Team lost both ends of a doubleheader at Bainbridge on Saturday, April 9th. Bainbridge took advantage of some Bulldogs miscues in the first game to defeat Garfield 10-3. The second matchup saw some all-around improvement from the Bulldogs, but ended in a 10-7 Spartan victory.

Varsity: 5-6 overall, 5-5 in conference

JV: 5-5 overall, 4-5 in conference

C-Team: 4-6 overall, 3-2 in conference

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2016 Week 5 Recap

The Bulldogs began the last week of March with a blowout victory at home over Rainier Beach 17-1 in 5 innings on Monday, March 28th. Five different pitchers each threw an inning. Kepler Swanson, J’Raan Brooks, Klaus Bachhuber, and Mikio Habu each had a pair of hits before being lifted for substitutions.

Varsity traveled to Eastside Catholic on Tuesday, March 29th to play a rescheduled game from the previous week. Aidan Miller had a strong outing, allowing only 1 earned run in 4 innings, but the Crusaders were able to capitalize on a few key defensive errors and take a 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs offense rallied to close the deficit to a single run, but ended up stranding the tying run at 2nd base in the top of the 7th inning. In the end, the defending Metro Conference Valley Division champs eked out a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs.

Next up was neighborhood rival O’Dea in an evening matchup on Wednesday, March 30th under the lights at Seattle University’s Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The Fighting Irish drew first blood off Garfield starter Alex Gregory to take a 4-0 lead. Things did not look good for the Bulldogs, but they grinded out some at-bats off the O’Dea southpaw starter and got back into the game scoring 4 runs in the 5th inning. Gregory helped his cause with a bases-clearing double to tie the game. Garfield closer Jack Alden pitched the 7th and 8th innings, working out of some high-pressure situations to keep the O’Dea offense at bay. In the 9th, the Irish got a runner to 3rd base, which drew the Bulldogs infield in. The batter hit a line drive just off the glove of the first baseman to score the winning run on a walkoff. Tough 5-4 loss for the Bulldogs, but they hung tough against the defending Metro Conference Tournament champs, which will be huge for confidence levels if the teams matchup again this postseason.

The JV team had a home-and-home series with O’Dea on consecutive days with the Fighting Irish getting the best of the Bulldogs in both contests. The Wednesday matchup at Garfield was a 9-2 final while Thursday’s got ugly on the defensive side with O’Dea scoring 10 unearned runs in a 11-1 victory at Judkins.

Varsity’s week ended with a Friday, April 1st game at Ingraham. The offense was unable to time the slower velocity of the Rams pitcher. Zubin Kopischke pitched well, but had zero support from the Bulldogs bats, which mustered just a pair of hits. Ingraham scored a couple runs in the 3rd inning and added some insurance runs in the 5th to seal the deal in a 6-0 win for the Rams.

JV beat Ingraham at home that afternoon 12-6. The highlight of the day was a home run by junior Tim Arnold. The Bulldogs had 12 hits and ended the week swinging the bats with confidence.

Garfield’s C-Team had a pair of road games against Kingco 3A opponents at the end of the week. They traveled to Island Crest Park for a Friday afternoon game at Mercer Island, losing 14-2 in a lopsided affair. The game on Saturday, April 2nd was much closer, with the Bulldogs losing at Lake Washington to the Kangs 4-2 in the front end of a home-and-home series between LW and Garfield.

Varsity: 2-5 overall, 2-4 in conference

JV: 2-5 overall, 1-5 in conference

C-Team: 3-4 overall, 3-0 in conference

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2016 Week 4 Recap

Week 4 began with all three Bulldogs baseball teams playing against Eastside Catholic on Monday, March 21st. The C-Team won a high-scoring affair 13-11 that was stopped for a 15-minute rain delay at one point. The offense was patient, took advantage of walks, and came through with many hard-hit balls against the Crusaders pitching. The JV team lost at home to Eastside Catholic 3-1 in a strong performance by the JV pitching staff. The Varsity game was rained out that evening in the 2nd inning and rescheduled for the following week at EC.

Games at Bainbridge were postponed due to field playability issues so the JV and Varsity teams played a pair of games against the Spartans at Garfield on Friday, March 25th. The afternoon Varsity home game against Bainbridge was a historic event with junior Alex Gregory pitching a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory! Gregory was efficiently dominant, throwing only 70 pitches and facing just one hitter above the minimum during his 6-inning complete game shutout. The Bulldogs offense was led by four hits from junior third baseman Zubin Kopischke and a pair of hits from senior right fielder Caleb Stocker and junior left fielder Klaus Bachhuber. First baseman J’Raan Brooks and shortstop Owen Cobb each knocked in a couple runs. Brooks preserved the no-hitter with a web gem diving catch on a line drive hit to his right in the 5th inning. For the JV team, sophomore Nelson Huffaker had a great night at the plate but the Bulldogs JV lost to Bainbridge 8-3.

The C-Team offense only had a single hit against Ballard that same afternoon, but freshman Ben Jeweler was able to shut down the Beavers offense in a 2-0 win. The C-Team’s pitching success was short-lived as the Bulldogs allowed too many early walks and had their late scoring rally fall short in a 4-3 home loss to Newport on Saturday March 26th.

Varsity: 1-2 overall, 1-1 in conference

JV: 1-3 overall, 1-2 in conference

C-Team: 3-2 overall, 3-0 in conference

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2016 Week 3 Recap

The Bulldogs opened the season with a trio of games against Kingco 4A opponent Issaquah on Wednesday, March 16th. The C-Team opened the season with an extra inning loss at Issaquah 8-7. The JV team won 7-6 on the road at Issaquah HS. The Varsity team, at home, ran into some strong Eagles pitching and lost a pitchers duel 3-1, but the team fared much better putting the ball in play compared to last season’s opener at Issaquah. Junior Alex Gregory took the loss in his first outing of the season. Freshman Owen Cobb provided the defensive highlights, making a diving catch on a line drive going up the middle from his shortstop position, then he caught a slicing line drive in right field later in the game.

The Varsity team hosted Nathan Hale on Friday, March 18th while the JV traveled to Meadowbrook for their game. Hale got the best of the Bulldogs in both contests, shutting out the Varsity 7-0 and defeating the JV 9-4. Senior Aidan Miller had a strong outing for the first several innings, but the Raiders tacked on insurance runs late in game to seal the victory. Zubin Kopischke had a couple line-drive hits to lead the Bulldogs offense.

The first week of regular season games wrapped up with the C-Team stomping Chief Sealth on the road on Saturday, March 19th by a score of 12-0 in 5 innings. The win is the first of Coach Deal’s Garfield coaching career.

Varsity: 0-2 overall, 0-1 in conference

JV: 1-1 overall, 0-1 in conference

C-Team: 1-1 overall, 1-0 in conference

 

 

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2016 Week 2 Recap

Week 2 was marked by more rain. The Varsity jamboree site for March 12th was shifted from Island Crest Park to Garfield HS because Mercer Island’s field was unplayable.

The C-Team kicked off the preseason with a pair of jamboree losses for Coach Deal in the rain at Whitman MS against Ballard and Mercer Island. The pitching and defense was not so sharp, but they did swing the bats well.

The rain eased up just in time for the JV team to host its preseason jamboree at Garfield. Coach Fell’s season JV squad lost a tight one to Mercer Island, then ran away with a lopsided victory against Franklin Pierce.

Varsity played Ballard and Mercer Island in the late afternoon, with each jamboree game resulting in a scoreless tie. The Bulldogs pitching and defense looked good against the Beavers and the defending 3A state champs, the Islanders.

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2016 Week 1 Recap

The Bulldogs had 48 ballplayers attend tryouts on February 29th. The team was split into 3 rosters on March 2nd, marking the first time since 2001 that Garfield had a freshman/sophomore C-Team in addition to the JV and Varsity clubs. There will be 18 freshmen, 13 sophomores, 11 juniors and 6 seniors in the program for the 2016 season. 2015 Metro 3A Coach of the Year Chris Moedritzer (GHS ’03) returns as head coach with Rey Verduzco as pitching coach and Phil Doherty as hitting coach for the Varsity team. Nicholas Fell is the JV head coach alongside his assistants Jo Cohlmeyer and Andrew Mitchell (GHS ’03). Scott Deal is a new addition to the staff as the C-Team head coach as is assistant coach Isak Bressler (GHS ’92).

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Freed delivers pitch with Perkins holding runner in background

Freed delivers pitch with Perkins holding runner in background

The Bulldogs go through the postgame handshake line

The Bulldogs go through the postgame handshake line

Garfield coaches congratulate Mercer Island on qualifying for state tournament

Garfield coaches congratulate Mercer Island on qualifying for state tournament

In a one-game playoff at Seattle University’s newly-turfed Bannerwood Park, the Mercer Island Islanders knocked off Garfield by a score of 6-1. The game started with Mercer Island’s pitcher retiring the first nine Bulldog hitters. Garfield starter Aidan Miller countered with four scoreless innings, helped by a pair of outstanding defensive plays. Catcher Eli Wilson slid to catch a short foul pop-up along the first base line to end the 3rd inning. In the next inning, Wilson caught a throw from right fielder Kepler Swanson and fired the ball to second base to nail the Islanders baserunner who had strayed too far from the bag. Garfield struck first offensively in the 4th inning with Wilson crushing a double down the left field line to score Spencer Mann for a 1-0 lead. The Islanders responded with a three-run 5th inning to knock Miller from the game. Henry Freed pitched the 6th inning and Mercer Island put up a few more runs off him to take a decisive 6-1 lead. Patrick Lin and Alex Gregory had a perfect relay from the left field fence to cut down a Mercer Island baserunner at the plate, but the damage had already been done. The Islanders starting pitcher finished strong, retiring the final eleven Bulldogs hitters to clinch the spot in the state regionals next weekend.

The Garfield Bulldogs season came to a close on Saturday afternoon, just one win short of a spot in the final sixteen teams that advance to state regionals. The team ended on a 4-game losing streak, with the losses all coming against teams that will be representing the Sea-King district at state. The fifteen wins in 2015 are the most in a season over two decades for the Bulldogs. Some great pitching performances were backed up by a strong defense this season. The offense had improved numbers from a year ago. The program had increased player turnout and will likely see another large incoming freshman class of ballplayers. The contributions of seniors Toby Perkins, Aidan Nuttall, Patrick Lin, Harald Hyllseth, Henry Freed,  David Brinkley, and Jupiter Breuner will be missed, but not forgotten for having led the Bulldogs further into the postseason than any other Garfield team had gone in their lifetimes. There is some young talent on the Varsity club that will benefit from this playoff experience and will be hungry for competition in the 2016 campaign.

Congratulations and best of luck to O’Dea, Bainbridge, Eastside Catholic, and Seattle Prep in the upcoming state tournament as they represent the Metro 3A conference. Lake Washington and Mercer Island of Kingco 3A round out the Sea-King district representation. The 3A state regionals are set for May 23rd in Bellevue, Yelm, Mt. Vernon, and Spokane. The state championships are May 29th-30th in Pasco.

Newport took home the Kingco 4A title with an impressive performance in the regular season and conference tournament. They will be joined by Skyline at the state tournament. The 4A regionals sites are Kent, Everett, Tacoma, and Yakima with the championships also being held in Pasco.

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Wilson loses his helmet legging out an infield single in 7th

Wilson loses his helmet legging out an infield single in 7th

In the final game of the Metro 3A conference postseason tournament on Friday afternoon, the Seattle Prep Panthers got out to an early 2-0 lead off Bulldogs starter David Brinkley. Garfield would even the score on a RBI single by Toby Perkins in the 2nd and a sacrifice fly by Patrick Lin in the 3rd. A close call at 3rd base on a double steal went in favor of the Panthers and opened the door for a 3-run blast by Seattle Prep to blow the game open. Prep would go on to add five more run in the 4th inning to go ahead for good 10-2. Garfield was never able to recover despite a solid relief pitching outing from Zubin Kopischke. The team’s offense was held to just four hits by the Seattle Prep sidearm lefty pitcher. The defensive highlight of the game was a diving catch in left field by Lin.

With the loss, the Bulldogs finish the Metro tournament in 5th place with an opportunity to play against the Kingco 2nd place team in a one-game playoff for the 6th and final spot from the Sea-King district. O’Dea defeated Bainbridge in the Metro championship on Thursday night to earn the conference title. Eastside Catholic and Seattle Prep will join the Metro finalists in the state regionals. Lake Washington won the Kingco championship earlier in the week to earn a spot from the Sea-King district. The crossover game between Garfield (15-10 record) and Mercer Island is set for Saturday at 1:00pm at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

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Swanson RBI single scoring Freed in 7th

Swanson RBI single scoring Freed in 7th

Bulldogs regroup postgame

Bulldogs regroup postgame

The Garfield Bulldogs lost 4-2 in a consolation bracket game with state tournament implications. The Eastside Catholic Crusaders were the #1 overall seed in the conference tournament, but had suffered a loss to O’Dea in their previous game. Early in the season, Eastside Catholic hit the ball hard all over the yard against the Bulldogs, but this playoff game was a much tighter affair, exciting to the final out.

Aidan Miller of Garfield was touched for three runs in the 1st inning in a short outing. Henry Freed pitched a couple scoreless innings of relief and was followed by Spencer Mann making his season debut on the mound. The defense did its part in backing up the Bulldogs pitchers.

The Crusaders defense lucked out on a sliding catch by their right fielder, a diving play by their first baseman on a grounder, a diving play by their shortstop on a liner that he would drop and throw the runner out, and a great play ranging up the middle to record an out on what appeared to be a line drive single for Garfield. Eastside Catholic’s pitcher threw a complete game and had great command of his breaking ball and fastball all afternoon, holding the Bulldogs scoreless through six innings.

Garfield’s offense put up a fight in the 7th inning, stringing together a pair of runs before the inning ended with the tying run at the plate. Henry Freed had a double to lead off the final inning, followed by Kepler Swanson and Jupiter Breuner each driving in a run to narrow the gap to 4-2. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs ran out of time to complete their comeback. See Bill Kossen’s photos.

Eastside Catholic earned the #3 seed to the state tournament with the victory. Ballard lost to Seattle Prep, leaving one final Metro 3A playoff game for the week. Garfield (15-9 overall) will take on Seattle Prep on Friday 4:00pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park for the chance to be the #4 seed to state.

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