Pineda Pitches, Bats Red Devils to Victory

The Chelsea High baseball team shook off a pair of tough losses earlier this past week to post an 11-4 win over Maimonides Academy Tuesday evening under the lights at Chelsea Stadium.

Jason Pineda was the leading light for the Red Devils, pitching a complete game six-hitter with just two earned runs and socking a three run homer in the sixth to put the game on ice.

“Jason did it all for us,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil.

Frank Rodriguez, batting in the second spot in the Chelsea lineup, was a thorn in the side of Maimonides all game. Frank reached base five times, drawing three walks, taking one for the team (a hit batsman), and singling, and scored four runs. Pedro Hernandez also reached base five times via the same routes as Rodriguez, scoring two runs and adding an RBI.

Carlos Ramos had a nice day at the plate with two hits, a run, and an RBI.

Chelsea scored in all six innings, starting with two in the first frame and culminating with four in the sixth, keyed by Pineda’s roundtripper.

The Red Devils dropped contests last week to undefeated Mystic Valley, 11-6, and North Shore Tech, 1-0.

Chelsea led 5-2 going into the sixth against undefeated Mystic Valley, but MV put up nine runs in that inning to claim the win. Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Vega had two hits on the day.

Daniel Velastegui was the tough-luck hurler for the Red Devils in the 1-0 loss to North Shore on a chilly Saturday morning. Daniel yielded just three hits with the lone No. Shore run being of the unearned variety. That tally came in the fifth with two outs on a walk, an infield hit, and an error.

“Daniel pitched a superb game for us,” noted Beausoleil. “He truly deserved a better fate.”

Chelsea was set to return to action yesterday morning (Wednesday), hosting East Boston, and will entertain Notre Dame of Lawrence tonight under the lights at the Stadium at 6:30. The Red Devils, who now stand at 2-3 on the season, will travel to Lynn Tech Tuesday.

Girls track team cruises past Northeast

The Chelsea High girls track team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 113-20 victory over Northeast Regional Vocational High School last Thursday.

The Lady Red Devils won 14 of the 16 events to come away with the commanding triumph.

Leading the way for Chelsea were the duo of Quinee Valenzola and Stephanie Moni, who brought home first places in two events each. Quinee captured the 100 meter high hurdles and the triple jump and Stephanie took the 100 meter dash and the long jum.

Other Chelsea girls who earned first place finishes were: Gabriela Ramirez in the 400 low hurdles; Arandeni Ramos in the mile; Katherine Cabral in the 400 meter dash; Sofia Falcon in the 800 meter run; Cristal Rodriguez in the javelin; Bahiya Nasuuna in the shotput; and Lejla Skokic in the discus.

Both of the Lady Red Devil relay quartets also were victorious. The foursome of  Quinnee Valenzona, Steicy Martins, Sarah Bourouis, and Stephanie Moni took the 4 x 100 relay and the team of  Katherine Cabral, Yessenia Motta, Arandeni Ramos, and Sara Beqo won the 4 x 400.

“The team continues to improve,” said CHS head coach Kim Huffer, “with 17 girls achieving personal bests at this meet. We have strong senior leadership, but we are a relatively young team as a whole this year.  The girls are continuing to work hard and improve and fill those gaps that we have.  It’s exciting to see their happiness when they get a new personal best.”

Huffer and her crew are set to be back in action Monday when they travel to Greater Lawrence.

CHS boys track team sweeps past Northeast

The Chelsea High boys track team easily took the measure of Northeast Regional last week, 109-22, for their second straight win of the young season.

Ricardo Maldonado was the big point scorer on the day for Chelsea with victories in four individual events for 20 points. Brendan Horn won three events and added a third place to post 16 points for the Red Devils. Jeffrey Estrada reigned supreme in both hurdles events and took a second place in the triple jump to contribute 13 points to the Red Devil cause.

Point scorers by event for the Red Devils were as follows:

Jeffrey Estrada won the 400 meter low hurdles in 70 seconds flat, followed by teammate Kevin Mendez in 1:18;  Tony Nguyen won the two mile in 11: 42 and Brian Horn was third in 12:29; Estrada won the 110 meter hurdles in 19.6,  followed by Brendan Lara in third;  Ricardo Maldonado won the 100 meter dash in  11.55,  fellow Red Devil Adriel Rodrigues was second in 12.18, and Marconi was third in 12.6.

Chester Rath won the  mile in 5:13, followed by Huthifa Kareem in third at 5:33; Chelsea won the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 51.6;  Brendon Horn won the 400 meter dash in 59.6, followed by Sam Fernandez in second and David Sklodoski  in third;   Faisal Nasimi won the 800 in 2:24, followed by Joseph Arroyo in 2:25 and Oscar Lainez in 2:31.

Ricardo Maldonado won the 200 meter dash in 24.4 with Adriel Rodriguez third in 26.8; Maldonado also won the javelin with a  throw of 143-3, followed by Rodriguez at 118-0 and Alex Guerra at 111-8;  Tuan Tran was second in the shotput with a heave of 33-6  and Brian Jimenez was third with a toss of 31-3; Richard Andino won the discus, throwing 80-3 and Tran was third at 78-4.

Brendan Horn long-jumped 16-11 for first place and Michael Rendon was third at 16-5;  Horn also won the triple jump followed by Jeffrey Estrada in second and Kevin Mendez in third; Ricardo Maldonado cleared 5-4 to win the high jump and Faisal Nasimi was third at 4-10; and the 4 x 400 relay team ran a 4:10 to finalize the scoring.

The Red Devils’ next opponent is Greater Lawrence on Monday.

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