The Chelsea High baseball team received a superb pitching effort from Odonys Urbaez and put together some timely hitting to come away with a 10-6 victory at East Boston Tuesday morning.
Urbaez smoked the rivals from across the Chelsea River, fanning 14 Eastie hitters in his six innings of work and allowing just two earned runs. Odonys gave way in the seventh to reliever Jason Reyes who yielded two runs, but fanned the side to earn the save.
Chelsea grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the opening inning when Juan Encarnacion walked, stole second, and came home on a base hit by Brandon Morales. Morales himself would score on a base hit by Carlos Vega.
Eastie got one back in the bottom of the frame, but Chelsea scored a run in the second thanks to a base hit and stolen base by Ryan Motta and an RBI single by Encarnacion. Vega clouted a solo homer in the third to make it 4-1 in favor of the Red Devils, but Eastie rallied in the bottom of the inning to knot matters at 4-4.
However, Chelsea put up two more markers in the fourth (thanks to a series of walks and a hit batter) and a solo tally in the fifth, courtesy of an Eastie error and wild pitch. The Red Devils then put the game away with three runs in the sixth. After Dan Velastegui and Morales walked, Vega banged a two-RBI double. Carlos then raced home on a sacrifice fly by Urbaez.
Chelsea came out on the short end of a decision with Manchester/Essex Saturday morning, 8-2. The Red Devils took a 2-0 advantage into the third inning, but some costly mistakes in the field allowed Manchester to move out to a 5-2 lead.
Highlights for Chelsea came from Velastegui, who had a hit and two walks; Reyes, who accounted for a single, a walk, and a run scored; and Motta, who produced a hit and an RBI.
CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil and his crew, who now stand at 2-2 on the season, host Pope John tomorrow (Friday) at 10:00. They travel to Whittier Monday and return home Wednesday to entertain North Shore Tech.
CHS boys track team rolls past Lynn Tech
The Chelsea High boys track team got its season off on the right foot with a runaway 111-25 triumph over Lynn Tech last week.
Wilfredo Leiva enjoyed a big day with 13 points, winning the 400 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles and taking second in the high jump.
Chester Rath won the two mile run by 38 seconds, with teammates Jeffrey Estrada in second and Joseph Chirinos in third. Joseph Arroyo and Edgar Ocana went 1-2 in the mile.
Brandon Rath captured the 400 meter dash, followed by Red Devils David Sklodwski and Brendan Horn. Francisco Colindres won the laurels in the 800 to lead a sweep with teammates Tony Nguyen and Kevin Chinchilla.
Chelsea also swept the 200 dash, led by Kevin Luu, with John Fabro and Mohamed Qasim second and third respectively. Brian Pliego paced a sweep in the javelin with Brian Jimenez second and Kevin Chinchilla third. The shotput featured another Chelsea sweep by Red Devils Peter Vo, Brian Pilego, and Anthony Carasquilla.
Rony Gomez won the discus, with Anthony Carrasquilla and Richard Andino second and third. Andino was also third in the 400 meter hurdles. Brendan Horn took first in the triple jump with Estrada third. Fabro won the high jump and was second in the long jump. Tuan Tran was third in the 110 meter hurdles.
The 4 x 400 quartet of Ocana, Estrada, Nguyen and Colindres also came through with a first place effort for the Chelsea cause.
“It was good to get our first meet under our belt,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We had a lot of rookies competing for the first time and a lot of positives came out of this meet.
“With a good week of practice during April vacation, we should be ready to tackle the rest of the season,” added the coach.
The Red Devils will be back in action Monday, hosting Greater Lawrence.
Lady Red Devils cruise past Tech
The Chelsea High girls track and field team opened up its league schedule last week on a perfect note, shutting out Lynn Tech by a score of 130-0. Many of the Lady Red Devils came through with stellar performances:
Senior captain Thien-Ly Che won the 400 hurdles and the triple jump and took second in the high hurdles to put 13 points onto the Chelsea side of the scoresheet; senior captain Shanice Hernandez was a double winner in the shotput and discus; senior Shuly Sejour took firsts in the 100 high hurdles, the 200 dash, and the high jump, plus a second in the long jump, to account for 18 points for Chelsea; sophomore Stephanie Moni won the 100 dash and the long jump and anchored the winning 4 x 100 relay squad; junior Cristal Rodriguez took first in the javelin, ran with the winning 4 x 400 relay quartet and took second in the 800; junior Quinnee Valenzona captured the 400 meter dash and took second in the 400 hurdles; junior Arandeni Ramos won the mile and ran on the 4 x 400 relay; junior Tatyana Almeida took first in the 800, ran with the 4 x 400 relay team, and grabbed second in the triple jump; and junior Patricia Guardado won the two mile run.
“This year marks the biggest girls’ team in at least 10 years with 63 members,” said CHS coach Kim Huffer. “This is a rebuilding year as we lost many seniors and other key members from last year’s team. Over half of our team is brand new so it has been a challenge to identify what events are best for the athletes.
“We are spending a lot of time on conditioning and strength building along with technique work to prepare the team for competition,” added Huffer. “The energy and dedication are there, now we just need to capitalize on our strengths. I’m looking forward to a good year with the successes outweighing the challenges.”
Huffer and her crew host Greater Lawrence Monday and Greater Lowell Wednesday.