Chelsea High senior Carlos Vega placed an exclamation point onto the approaching end of his fine career with the Red Devil baseball program by pitching a no-hitter last Friday against Lynn Tech on his home field. Carlos was immense from start to finish, fanning 13 Tech batters and allowing only one Tech base-runner, that coming via a walk on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth.
“Carlos was superb,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “He was in command the entire game.”
Vega fittingly scored the only run he would need in the open inning when he singled with two outs and came home when junior Carlos Ramos followed with a two-run home-run high and deep into right field that cleared the netting and landed in the MDC pool.
The roundtripper was the first of two for Ramos on the day, as Carlos duplicated that feat with another pop into the pool in the sixth frame for a solo homer. Chelsea’s other run came in the second stanza when Luis Martinez reached on an error, stole second, and came home on a base hit by freshman Manny Ortiz.
The no-hitter and victory were the principal bright spots for the CHS diamondmen in a week that saw them drop four other contests. A 9-8 loss in extra-innings at Minuteman Regional proved to be the toughest to take, as the Red Devils held leads of 4-0 and 8-5, only to allow Minuteman to chip away and eventually tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.
The Red Devils scored four runs in the opening stanza. After Jorge Hernandez led off with a walk and Armando Montes reached base on a dropped third strike, Vega came through with a double that plated Hernandez. A base hit by Yvad Rosado brought in Montes and Vega and a double by Orlando Rodriguez scored Rosado.
However, Minuteman got one back in the bottom of the inning and then took the lead with four in the second.
Chelsea reasserted control of the game with another four-run outburst in the fifth, Montes once again reached on a dropped third strike and Vega singled to get the rally started. A three-bagger by Ramos gave Chelsea the lead, 6-5, and a double by Rosado made it 7-5. After Yvad stole third, a ground-out by Orlando Rodriguez scored Rosado for an 8-5 Chelsea advantage.
However, Minuteman got two back in the sixth and then tied the game in the seventh before winning it in the eighth.
In an 11-0 loss to North Shore Tech last Wednesday, Vega, Rosado, and Ortiz accounted for the three Red Devil base hits. In a 10-1 defeat to Whittier Tech last Thursday, Chelsea hit the ball well, but could only produce one run. Montes went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored; Vega was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI; Jorge Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a stolen base; and Luis Martinez was 1-for-3 with a stolen base. In a 12-1 loss to Greater Lowell Tuesday, Jorge Hernandez had a hit and an RBI; Vega had a hit and a stolen base; Luis Rodriguez had a hit; and Carlos Ramos had a hit and was hit by a pitch.
Beausoleil and his Red Devils, who now stand at 3-12 on the season, will play at Greater Lawrence today (Thursday); trek to Northeast Regional Tuesday; and then conclude their 2014 campaign next Wednesday when they host Maimonides under the lights at 7:15.
CHS trackmen edge Greater Lawrence, 73-63
The Chelsea High boys outdoor track team won its fifth meet of the season (against just one loss) with a 73-63 triumph over Greater Lawrence last week.
“We probably had our best meet of the year,” said CHS head coach Don Fay, whose Red Devils clinched second-place in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with the win “Everybody was healthy and ran well.”
Chelsea got off to a quick start, going 1-2 in the 400 high hurdles, receiving personal records (PR) from Jeffrey Estrada in a clocking of 63.2 and Eric Flores in 67.0.
In the 100 high hurdles, Haider Kareem finished first and Flores took third.
The CHS 4 x 100 relay quartet of Mohamed Qasim, Mohamed Mohamed, Jose Aguilar and Chris Sanyet defeated their Gr. Lawrence counterparts.
Adriel Rodrigues was a double-winner for Chelsea, finishing first in the discus with a toss of 108′-10″ and first in the shotput with a throw of 41′-11″. The versatile Rodriguez also finished second in the 200 dash in 24.2 and third in the 100 dash in 11.9 to accumulate 14 points for the Chelsea side of the scoresheet.
Ricardo Maldonado also added some big points to the CHS cause, as he has done all season. Ricardo took first in the javelin with a chuck of 124′-2″; second in the high jump with a leap of 5-‘6″; second in the 100 dash in 11.75; and second in the 400 dash in 54.0 for a total of 14 points.
Flores captured his first win of the year in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’-7″.
Estrada won the triple jump at 35-‘6″, with teammates Chris Sanyet second at 35-‘4″ and Qasim third at 35′-4″.
Christian Calix threw the javelin 110′ to grab second place in that event and Francisco Mercedes finished third with a toss of 98’-11″ to complete a CHS sweep in the javelin.
Eric Orellana picked up a third place in the two-mile run and Jeffrey Estrada ran a PR to finish third in the mile. Alecia Dasilva finished third in the 400 dash in 58.3 and Brian Horn did likewise in the 800 in a time of 2:28.
Sanyet ran a personal best in the 200 dash to grab third in 24.6 and Dominic Vega threw a PR of 85-‘5″ in the discus. Also picking up valuable third place points for Chelsea were Mercedes with a throw of 32′-10″ in the shotput and Sanyet in the long jump with his leap of 17’-10″.
“The throwers and sprinters had a great day,” said Fay. “Coach Martineau and coach Arrenson have done very well with our sprinters and throwers this year. We knew Greater Lawrence had a really good 4 x 400 team, so we knew we had to clinch the meet before the relay, which we did.
“This was basically to clinch second-place in the league,” added the coach. “Although this was not our ultimate goal, after the past two seasons of being at .500, it is a step in the right direction.”
The Red Devils will end their regular season with a meet with PMA and Northeast. There also will be the CAC freshman/sophomore meet. May 24 is the date set for the CAC All-League Meet at Greater Lowell.