The Chelsea High baseball team posted its first win of the season with a 12-2 triumph over Notre Dame of Lawrence Monday night under the lights at Chelsea Stadium.
The Red Devils set the tone for the contest from the outset, pouncing on Notre Dame’s starting pitcher to rack up nine runs in the opening inning. The contest eventually would be called after four and one half frames thanks to the mercy rule with Chelsea holding a 10 run lead.
The pitching duo of starter Daniel Velastegui, who hurled the first four innings, and Jason Pineda, who tossed the fifth, combined for a no-hitter, with Velastegui fanning six enemy batters. Both of Notre Dame’s runs, one against each CHS moundsman, were of the unearned variety.
Wielding the big bats on the night for the Devils were Pineda, who had two hits, three runs, and an RBI and Pedro Hernandez, who contributed a double, two walks, and two RBI. Carlos Ramos also was a thorn in the side of Notre Dame, walking twice, scoring twice, and driving in a run.
The Red Devils opened their season last Thursday afternoon against Greater Lawrence and dropped a tough 12-3 decision in 11 long innings that required the Stadium’s lights to be put into service. After trailing 1-0 for most of the contest, Chelsea evened the count at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Nelson Salguero doubled, moved to third when the ball was misplayed in the GL outfield, and scored on a wild pitch.
Red Devil starting pitcher Carlos Vega meanwhile, was tossing a masterpiece, yielding just two hits through the eight innings he worked, with the lone Greater Lawrence run being unearned.
After Carlos departed, Greater Lawrence scored twice in the top of the ninth to make it a 3-1 ballgame. However, the never-say-die Red Devils put together a two out rally in their half of the ninth to continue the extra innings affair. Ramos walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and came home when a grounder to short by Armando Montes was mishandled and then thrown away by the Greater Lawrence shortstop.
Montes ended up on second and then scooted home with the equalizer thanks to a pair of wild pitches. Chelsea had a chance later in the frame, getting the potential winning run to third, but could not get him home. The Devils also had an opportunity in the 10th when they got a runner to second, but left him stranded.
Greater Lawrence then put the game away with a big inning in the 11th frame.
“Overall we’ve played well so far, which is very encouraging so early in the season,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “We lost all but three of our starters from last year’s team, so we expected there to be a bit of a learning curve for our younger players. But they’ve come along very well in a short period of time.”
Beausoleil and his crew travel to Mystic Valley today (Thursday) and to North Shore Tech tomorrow. They host Maimonides under the lights at the Stadium at 7:15 on Tuesday and come right back Wednesday morning at 10:00 when they entertain East Boston. The Red Devils will play their third home game in three days when Notre Dame of Lawrence returns for another encounter under the lights at 6:30.
Boys track team runs past Lynn Tech
The Chelsea High boys outdoor track team won its opening meet of the season, defeating Lynn Tech, 94-36, Tuesday afternoon.
Ricardo Maldonado contributed 20 points to the Chelsea side of the scoresheet by winning four events: the 100 meter dash in 11.5; the 200 dash in 24.2; the high jump with a leap of 5-10; and the javelin with a throw of 139 feet.
Jeffrey Estrada was a double winner for Chelsea, taking both hurdles events, the 100 high hurdles in 20.1 and the 400 intermediate hurdles in 69.4.
A host of other Red Devils also turned in strong performances to earn first place honors: Senior captain Tony Nguyen won the mile in a time of 5:32; senior Chester Rath won the 800 in 2:16; senior captain Joseph Arroyo won the two mile in 12:30; Brendan Horn won the triple jump in 36-8; and Michael Rendon won the long jump with a leap of 17-0
Also adding points to the Chelsea cause with second pace finishes were: Jay Pedrero in the two-mile in 12:46; David Sklodwiski in the 400 in 59.2; Faisal Nasimi in the 800 in 2:28; . Adriel Rodriguez in the 200 (Adriel also grabbed a third in the 100); Brian Jimenez in the javelin; and Tuan Tran in the shot put.
Third place efforts that earned one point for the CHS tally came from: Kevin Mendez in the 400 hurdles; Huthifa Kareem in the two mile; Brian Horn in the mile; Brendan Horn in the 400 dash; Oscar Lainez in the 800; Richard Andino in the discus; Brian Jimenez in the shotput; Mohamed Qasim in the long jump; and Eric Flores and Faisal Nasimi, who tied for third in the high jump.
“We had a good meet,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We are a young team and we do have some holes to fill, but we are a hard-working team and we are getting better on a daily basis.”
The Red Devils are set to face Northeast Regional today (Thursday).
CHS track girls sweep past Lynn Tech
The Chelsea High girls outdoor track team easily overpowered Lynn Tech, 117-11, in the Lady Red Devils’ opening meet of the season.
“It was an overall team effort,” said CHS head coach Kim Huffer. “We had 24 girls contribute to the point total today which speaks to our team balance. It’s been a really cold start to the season so we are a little behind in the times/distances, but this team is pretty determined to improve on their performances.”
Chelsea earned first place finishes in each event, led by double winners Sarah Bourouis and Quinnee Valenzola. Sarah Bourouis captured the 200 dash and high jump, while Quinnee won the 100 high hurdles and triple jump events.
Other first place finishers for Chelsea were: Gabriela Ramirez in the 400 hurdles; Sara Beqo in the two mile; Mariana Kamara in the 100 dash; Arandeni Ramos in the mile; Katherine Cabral in the 400 dash; Tatyana Almeida in the 800; Daisy Mejia in the discus; Bahiya Nasuuna in the shotput; Cristal Rodriguez in the javelin; and Stephanie Moni in the long jump.
Both relay teams, the 4 x 100 quartet of Marsha Mars, Sarah Bourouis, Kenia Santana, and Stephanie Moni and the 4 x 400 foursome of Sara Beqo, Joy Mejia, Gabriela Ramirez, and Sofia Falcon, also raced to victory.
The Lady Red Devils return to the track today (Thursday) to face rival Northeast Regional Vocational School.