The Chelsea High boys outdoor track team finished in fourth place last Saturday at the Commonwealth Athletic Conference’s All-League Meet out of the nine teams at the meet.
Ricky Maldonado earned the title of CAC champion in the javelin with a throw of 136′-7″. Ricky enjoyed an outstanding meet for the Red Devils, as he also took second in the high jump with a leap of 5′-10″; second in the 400 meter dash in a time of 53.5; and was the anchor leg on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished second in 3:50.1.
Senior Chester Rath earned a third place ribbon in the mile with a personal record (PR) time of 4:54.1. “Chester led midway through the race,” noted CHS head coach Don Fay. “He was really aggressive and made the race. The two runners who beat him also PR’d by a lot.”
Brandon Horn was third in the triple jump. Adrial Rodriguez had a personal best in the shotput with a throw of 40′-2″ for a fifth place finish.
Eric Flores had a PR in the high jump with a leap of 5′-6″, good for fourth place. Jeffrey Estrada finished in sixth place in the 400 meter hurdles and was also fifth in the triple jump.
Chester Rath, David Sklodowski and Jeffrey Estrada were part of the second-place 4 x 400 relay quartet.
Maldonado will be competing at the Class B state meet in the high jump this Saturday to be held at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.
CHS baseball team drops another close encounter
The Chelsea High baseball team dropped both of its contests this past week, including a 6-5 decision at Northeast Regional Tuesday.
After spotting Northeast a 4-0 lead in the third inning, the Red Devils roared back with a five run uprising in the sixth to forge ahead, 5-4. However, their advantage proved short-lived as Northeast put up a pair of markers in its half of the inning to make it a 6-5 ballgame.
Chelsea got the tying run on base in the top of the seventh, but could not get him home. The loss marked the sixth close defeat of the season (a pair of one-run contests and four in extra innings) for the hard-luck Red Devil diamondmen in the 2013 campaign.
“If we’d managed to win some of those games, it could have turned our season around,” noted CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil.
Daniel Velastegui went all the way on the mound for Chelsea and also had two hits and scored a run. Carlos Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Teammate Carlos Vega had a hit, a walk, and scored a run, while Red Devil Armando Montes went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.
Last week the Red Devils came out on the short end of a 14-3 decision at Greater Lawrence. A shorthanded CHS squad forced Beausoleil to juggle his lineup. Carlos Vega turned in a credible pitching performance, allowing seven earned runs, but some costly miscues by the revised Chelsea defense allowed the floodgates to open.
Vega helped his own cause with a tremendous home run blast on which he trotted home after sending the ball far over the Gr. Lawrence outfielders’ heads. Freshman Nelson Vega and Montes both had a hit and scored a run.
The Red Devils were set to close out their 2013 season yesterday (Wednesday) at Fraser Field against Lynn Tech.