Odanys Urbaez swatted a three run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Chelsea High baseball team a dramatic 6-3 victory over North Shore Vocational School Monday. Odanys’s walk off tater, which cleared the fence in right field at the MDC pool, earned the Red Devils their fourth straight victory and boosted their record to 6-3 on the season.
Prior to Urbaez’s heroics, Chelsea had sprinted to a 3-0 advantage in the second frame, only to see No. Shore chip away with two markers in the fifth and then one in the seventh to deadlock matters at 3-3 entering the bottom of the final inning.
Chelsea hurler Eli Ortiz turned in a tremendous performance on the mound, as the southpaw worked all seven innings, allowing just two hits and fanning 10 No. Shore batters. Two walks and a hit batsman came around to score for the only runs for No. Shore against Ortiz.
Last Friday the Red Devils edged Pope John XXIII High by a slim 4-3 score. Although the Red Devils had blasted the PJ Tigers in their first meeting this season by a double-digit margin, the second time around proved to be a much tighter affair.
Chelsea scored two runs in the opening inning, only to have PJ tie matters at 2-2 in the third. Chelsea regained the lead with a pair of markers in the fourth, but the Tigers drew within one with a solo tally in the fifth.
However, that would prove to be enough of a margin for Red Devil pitcher Adonys Urbaez, who stymied PJ on seven hits, while whiffing 11 Tigers and walking only three.
Luis Diaz, with a hit and a walk, scored two runs and had an RBI. Adonys helped his own cause with a triple and three bases on balls that produced an RBI and a run scored.
CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil and his squad have a busy week ahead. They were scheduled to take on Greater Lawrence yesterday (Wednesday) and host Lynn Tech Friday. They will host Northeast Regional Monday, travel to Greater Lowell Tuesday, and journey to Mystic Valley Wednesday.
“This will be a key stretch for us,” said Beausoleil of his team’s next eight days in which they will play five games. “It will be a challenge for us, but if we can continue to play the way we have been playing, we should do well.”