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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 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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