The Chelsea High baseball team still is searching for its first win of the season after dropping a pair of contests the past week.
Last Thursday saw the Red Devils fall in an 8-7 heartbreaker to Mystic Valley in the bottom of the seventh inning in a contest played under the lights at the Malden Catholic field.
The contest was a see-saw affair, with the teams trading leads throughout the game until the fateful final frame. The Red Devi offense was powered by the top of their order. Lead-off man Yvad Rosado, Chelsea’s junior shortstop, was a thorn in the side of MV all game. Yvad reached base on three occasions with a hit, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch, scoring three runs and stealing a base.
Junior center fielder Albert Alicea, batting second in the Chelsea line-up, likewise proved tough for Mystic Valley to handle. Albert doubled, walked twice, stole two bases, and scored three runs.
Senior Carlos Vega, who played at first base and batted third, had a hit and two stolen bases to go with three RBI.
Orlando Rodriguez started for Chelsea and pitched six strong innings, allowing just four earned runs. Rosado and George Hernandez came on in the seventh in which Mystic Valley scored the game-winner without the benefit of a hit, with an error on a sacrifice bunt allowing the winning run to come across.
On Friday Chelsea dropped a 7-0 decision to North Shore Tech. Alicea had three hits in the contest and Vega stroked a triple. Carlos pitched the complete game, fanning 10 enemy batters, though yielding 10 hits on the day.
The Red Devils were set to play today (Thursday) against Lynn Tech at Frazier Fied and will travel to East Boston Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 10:00 AM. They will return home next Thursday morning for a 10:00 encounter with Minuteman Regional.
Maldonado wins 100, high jump for boys track
Ricky Maldonado was a double-winner for the Chelsea High boys track team in their meet with Greater Lowell last Thursday. Ricky led a Red Devil sweep of the 100 dash with a time of 11.5 and then paced another CHS sweep in the high jump with a leap of 5′-2″.
Teammates Chris Sanyet (12.0) and Mohammed Mohammed (12.6) took second and third in the dash and Erick Flores and Freddy Sandoval did likewise in the high jump.
Red Devil Marcone Correra won the 400 dash in a time of 58.2, with teammate Austin Tevenal taking third in 59.2. Mohamed Qasim was a victor in the triple jump with a distance of 36′-0″. Jeffrey Estrada was third in the TJ with a jump of 34’6″. Jeffrey also earned a pair of second place finishes, the 400 hurdles in 65.8 and the mile with a clocking of 5:17, to score seven points on the day for the Chelsea side of the scoresheet.
Sam Hernandez took second place in the 800 meter race with a time of 2:22 and Brian Horn was third in the 800 in 2:28. Haider Kareem earned a point for the Chelsea cause with a third place performance in the 110 high hurdles in 20.3.
The final tally showed Greater Lowell prevailing, 88-47.
The Red Devils’ scheduled meet Tuesday with Northeast Regional was cancelled because of the rain. Coach Don Fay and his crew were set to meet Lynn Tech today (Thursday) at the Manning Bowl.