The Chelsea High baseball team parlayed strong pitching and timely hitting to open its season on a winning note with a 9-2 triumph over Lynn Tech at Fraser Field last week.
“We played a very good, overall game,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “Our pitchers did their job and we gave them good support in the field and at the plate.”
Sophomore Carlos Vega earned the starting nod on the mound for the 2012 season opener and turned in a strong effort, allowing just four hits and two runs while fanning five in his four innings of work.
Senior Jeison Reyes came on in the fifth frame and was even more impressive, spinning three innings of no-hit, no-run baseball. Reyes came entered the contest with the score tied at 2-2, but his teammates’ bats came alive in the sixth and seventh, as the Red Devils scored three runs in the sixth and then tacked on four more in the final inning for the 9-2 finale.
A number of Red Devils enjoyed a fine day at the plate: Reyes banged out three hits, drew a walk, and scored three runs; Manny Ferrer had a hit, two walks, scored twice, and knocked in two runs; Dan Velastegui went two-for-four with two RBI; and Peter Marmolejos swung the bat for three base hits.
The Red and Black did not have as much success in their next contest at the Northeast Vocational School Tuesday. Northeast pitcher Jason Harper tossed a no hitter, fanning 10 Red Devils, though he did yield six walks. N.E. put up four runs in the opening inning and cruised to a 9-0 triumph.
Beausoleil and his crew have a busy stretch ahead with five games in nine days. They travel to Mystic Valley today (Thursday) and to Manchester-Essex tomorrow and then entertain three foes next week during the school vacation: East Boston Tuesday at 10:00; Minuteman Regional Wednesday at 10:00; and Pope John Friday at 10:00.