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Chelsea Softball Splits Series With Dexter

 

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Alise Hale makes the tag on a Dreadnaught trying to steal second base

 

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, the Chelsea Bulldogs played host to their arch-rivals Dexter from just down the road in a doubleheader. Game 1 was a pitchers duel between Chelsea’s Peighton Root and Dexter’s Katelyn Niswonger. Dexter came out victorious 1-0. In game 2 Dexter’s strategy was to keep Niswonger in but it backfired big time as Chelsea stomped the Dreadnaughts 13-2!

Dexter took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and it would hold up for the entire game as Niswonger gave up only 3 hits while striking out 11. Chelsea’s young sophomore pitcher Root gave up only 3 hits also while fanning 6. Chelsea just couldn’t get the bats going and Root was backed up by her outstanding fielders including senior second baseman Olivia Leonard who made a great diving catch in the 4th inning and Sydney Hines who ran all the way to the wall in right field and made a spectacular catch. But the Bulldogs till came up short in only their third loss on the year and second in conference play.

Dexter thought since Niswonger kept the Bulldogs bats mostly silent in game one that they would let her pitch game two. But the strategy backfired as Chelsea jumped out fast in the first inning scoring 5 quick runs behind big hits by Hines, Grace Bush, and Alise Hale. Maddie Vasquez cleared the bases as the young sophomore multi-sport star turned a single into a triple through good heads up base running, good coaching,  and a Dexter error.

In the second inning, the Bulldogs tacked on another run as Hines singled and Root drove her to third with a single of her own. Then as Root stole second base beating the throw Hines took off for home and dove head first safely at the plate to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 6-0 lead thanks to a perfectly executed double steal.

Young sophomore pitcher Maddie Kemp kept the Dreadnaught bats silent until the fourth inning when Niswonger was able to score from first on a double hit by her teammate. The Bulldogs came back with a run of their own as Sara Stribe scored off a Hannah Kahler single.

Dexter would tack on another run in the sixth only to have the Bulldogs explode in the bottom of the inning for 5 more runs behind big hits by Kahler, Root, Vasquez, and Allie Heinen giving the Bulldogs a huge victory and running their record to 10-3 on the season.

Kemp went the distance for the Bulldogs going 6 innings and only allowing 2 runs on four hits and 6 strikeouts. Vasquez, Hines, Kahler, and Root all had 2 hits apiece for the Bulldogs who had 12 hits on the nights.

Chelsea will travel to Ann Arbor Huron on Tuesday the 25th for a makeup doubleheader against the River Rats. Gametime is at 4 p.m.

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Chelsea Girls JV Team Takes Down Dexter

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Chelsea’s Jordan Holton drives the lane against Dexter. She would finish as the team’s top scorer

Dexter hosted their arch rivals Chelsea on Thursday night and started off strong but the Bulldogs were able to come back and finish strong for the big 31-26  victory bringing them to 12-6 on the season.

Dexter took control early on in the defensive battle but Chelsea Head Coach Andrea Hollandsworth made good use of her timeouts and substitutions in the “chess match” against Dexter’s head coach Fred Ligrow. Chelsea’s defense really tightened up in the second period and both teams went to halftime tied at 13.

Dexter came out strong early on in the third period scoring six quick points but Chelsea battled back and then Chelsea’s Kyle Bragg stole the ball and spotted her best friend and teammate Jordan Holton at the other end of the court hitting her with a perfect fast break pass which Holton finished with 2 to tie the game up at 19. The Bulldogs then clamped down defensively and never trailed again as their inside game took over with Jenna Fosdick making some big shots.

Chelsea took advantage of several fouls down the stretch to seal the victory and secure a hard fought battle. Holton almost had a double-double and finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Fosdick finished with 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 huge blocked shots. Gabby Udell finished with 6 points, while Caitlin Dusenbury put up 5.

The Bulldogs are off until Tuesday when they will host Bedford at 7 P.M. at the Washington Street Education Center (WSEC).

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Chelsea Field Hockey Ends Regular Season, Honors Seniors

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Kyle Bragg tries to get past a Dexter defender

The Chelsea Field Hockey team finished off their regular season for 2016 with a couple close losses. On Wednesday they traveled to undefeated and top-ranked Dexter to face the Dreadnaughts on their senior night, and as soon as the game got underway, the Heavens exploded  with a cold, hard rain drenching both teams almost instantly. Both teams struggled on the soggy, slippery field as it was hard to find their grip. At one point in the game, it was so wet that Chelsea’s  Gabbie Noble’s stick slipped out of her hands and flew about 15 yards downfield to her left. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Dexter was able to take advantage of their home field advantage though and keep their unbeaten streak alive as they defeated the Bulldogs 5-0.

On Friday Chelsea played host to Ann Arbor Pioneer in their last regular season game. Chelsea honored their 6 seniors before the game. Madalyn Allen, Kathryn Beauchamp, Jackie Busch, Shaunna Caffrey, Taylor Freyre, and Gabbie Noble all were honored for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the game and team before the game. Each girl was given a handcrafted blanket designed just for them individually.

The Senior-laden and experienced Pioneer team were able to capitalize in the first half with two goals scored and added another in the second half as the 1 loss team edged Chelsea 3-0.

As the season ends on Tuesday, the 18th, Chelsea will have to wait to see who their competition will be in the first round of the playoffs.

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Chelsea Dominates Dexter 33-6

 

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Gus Reynolds dives into the end zone for one of his 3 touchdowns on the night

 

Chelsea hosted rival Dexter on Friday night and it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to show why they have dominated this series for 21 years in a row.

The Bulldogs sent Dexter home with a 33-6 loss.

On Dexter’s third play from scrimmage, a strong Bulldog defense forced a fumble, which was recovered by Cal Barret. On Chelsea’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Jack Bush threw a beautiful pass to Cam Cooper for a Bulldog 14-yard score. This gave the Chelsea fans and student section, adorned in black for a black out, something to cheer about early on, and they didn’t let up from there.

The Bulldogs defense was outstanding not giving Dexter any opportunities at all. After a quick 3-and-out Chelsea moved the ball down the field behind some great blocking and running and on fourth-and-1 from the 5-yard line Gus Reynolds blasted it into the end zone.

Reynolds wasn’t done for the night either, as he would score two more times in the first half on runs of 24 and 3 yards. Reynolds would finish with 81 yards on 12 carries for the night.

After taking a 27-0 lead into the half, the Bulldogs came back onto the field after a great performance by the Chelsea band. The Chelsea defense kept putting pressure on Dexter all night. Travis Frazier, who returned to Chelsea for his senior season after playing in 2015 for Jackson Lumen Christi, led the Bulldogs with 2 sacks and 3 tackles.

Cash Shegan, Cal Barrett, and Braden Steele each finished with 4 tackles while Owen Nikischer had two tackles and a sack.

In the second half, Head Coach Brad Bush made many substitutions, getting some of the younger players more experience. With time running out in the third, it was Barrett getting some offensive time and running the ball in for a hard-fought 14-yard touchdown run, putting the finishing touches on a hard hitting game.

Bush was 9 for 12 on the night for 120 yards and a touchdown. Alex Vasquez led the Bulldog receivers with 45 yards. The Chelsea defense held Dexter to 103 total yards offense and allowed only a net total of 8 yards rushing.

“It was a great victory for the team and for the fans,” said senior defensive back Cole Septer. “It was great to see all the younger guys get in there to play. Now we just need to get ready and focus on the next game.”

The next game will be Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Sinks Dexter In Overtime

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Senior Ryan Hein scores his first of 3 goals on the night in Dexter

On a beautiful warm evening, the warmest of the year so far, the Chelsea Lacrosse team, rolled into their rival Dexters field looking to shake off their loss against a tough, top-ranked Tecumseh team. Dexter’s only loss on the season thus far was to the same Tecumseh team and was not about to let their rivals take a victory in front of their home crowd.

Chelsea head coach Joe Koengeter had his team focused and ready though and it didn’t take long for Chelsea to strike first with Freshman Cam Breining scoring unassisted within the first minute of the game. Dexter answered right back though with a goal of their own right away. The teams swapped goals with neither taking a decisive lead. They entered halftime tied 5-5.

Dexter came out strong in the second half  scoring two quick goals to take the biggest lead of either team of the game, 7-5. But Chelsea never gave up as Senior Ryan Hein scored two goals towards the end of the 3rd period to tie the game up, giving him the hat trick on the night.

But Dexter dominated the 4th as they scored to take a one goal lead and their defense tightened up not giving Chelsea many opportunities at all. As they threatened to build on their lead and try to put Chelsea down for good Junior netminder Josh Ciaccio had other ideas though as he made save after spectacular save to give his team a fighting chance. Then with only 29 seconds left it was Breining burying the ball deep in the Dreadnaught net with a hard solo shot to tie the game up.Chelsea withstood a barrage of Dreadnaught attacks in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.

Dexter seemed poised for victory in overtime as they put several shots on Ciaccio but the young goalkeeper stood tall and was able to help get the ball upfield. When it looked like a tie was imminent it was Senior Ethan French blasting the ball into the back of the Dexter goal with only 7 seconds left giving the Bulldogs the sudden death victory!

The loss is Dexter’s second of the season. Both teams were even in penalties in a well-officiated game. Dexter was led by Randy Gessell with 3 goals and Nick Greca and MacGregor Wright with 2 goals apiece. Dexter will play its next game Wednesday at Saline.

Chelsea was led by Hein and Senior Jack Miller with 3 goals apiece  while Breining finished the night with 2. Chelsea travels to Ann Arbor Pioneer on Wednesday then back home at Jerry Niehaus Field on Thursday against Catholic Central.

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