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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

 

 

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.

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).

2015 Season Recap

2015 Metro 3A Regular Season Standings

Coast Division: Seattle Prep 15-3, Roosevelt 12-6, Lakeside 10-8, Chief Sealth 4-14

Mountain Division: Bainbridge 16-2, Garfield 13-5, West Seattle 8-10, Cleveland 1-17

Sound Division: Ballard 13-5, Blanchet 11-7, Ingraham 6-12, Franklin 1-17

Valley Division: Eastside Catholic 17-1, O’Dea 11-7, Hale 6-12, Rainier Beach 0-18

2015 Garfield Bulldogs Team Awards

Most Valuable Player: Eli Wilson (Varsity) & Kepler Swanson (JV)

Most Inspirational Player: Jupiter Breuner (Varsity) & Carl Dutton (JV)

Most Improved Player: Kepler Swanson (Varsity) & Kelvin Wallace (JV)

Gold Glove: Patrick Lin (Varsity) & Ben Wong (JV)

Silver Slugger: Eli Wilson (Varsity) & Conor Nuttall (JV)

Cy Young: David Brinkley (Varsity) & Jack Alden (JV)

Scholar Athlete Award: David Brinkley (Varsity)

2015 Team Captains: Henry Freed, Patrick Lin & Jupiter Breuner

2015 Metro Conference Honors

Player of the Year: pitcher Billy Dimlow, Eastside Catholic

Coach of the Year: Chris Moedritzer, Garfield

All-Conference 1st Team (Garfield players): catcher Eli Wilson & infielder Alex Gregory

All-Conference 2nd Team (Garfield players): pitcher Aidan Miller

All-Conference Honorable Mention (Garfield players): pitcher David Brinkley

2015 Metro Playoffs & 3A State Tournament Recap

O’Dea won the Metro championship to claim the #1 seed to state. Bainbridge lost in the title game to earn the #2 seed to state. Eastside Catholic won the regular season conference crown, but would go on to finish #3 seed in conference tournament. Seattle Prep earned the #4 seed in the tournament. Garfield fell to the #5 seed and lost in a one-game playoff against Mercer Island for the final berth to state tournament. Eastside Catholic & Seattle Prep both lost in the 1st round of state regionals. O’Dea lost in the 2nd round of state regionals. Bainbridge won their state regional, but lost twice during state championship weekend to finish 4th in state. Mercer Island of Kingco 3A went on to win the 3A state championship game over Shorewood.

Metro Senior All-Star Game (Feeder for All-State Game)

It had been over a decade since the last Metro 3A all-star game was held. With some new blood in the Metro league, a decision was made to bring it back. Ballard coach Doug Montgomery organized the 2015 game and invited seniors from the all-conference teams to participate. The Bulldogs had a couple players selected for the game while coach Chris Moedritzer was chosen as an assistant. David Brinkley pitched three innings in relief in the conference all-star game, allowing one run. Third baseman Henry Freed was hitless in three at-bats, but had a sacrifice fly to deep center field.

2015 Metro 3A Senior All-Stars

2015 Metro 3A Senior All-Stars

Freed at the plate

Freed at the plate

Brinkley on the mound

Brinkley on the mound

Freed at third base, Brinkley pitching

Freed at third base, Brinkley pitching

2016 Team Captains

Coach Chris Moedritzer announced the Garfield 2016 team captains at the Bulldogs team banquet as seniors Eli Wilson, Caleb Stocker and Aidan Miller.

Eli Wilson was selected to the 2015 Star Times all-area team. To see the article, copy & paste this link… http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/high-school/spring-sports-all-stars/

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.