Bonasia’s Undefeated Dolphins Roll, Lady Lions Edge Monomoy in extra innings

MASHPEE – Engaged in a tight, 5-3 match-up with the host Mashpee High softball team, the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins unloaded in the top of the fourth inning and never looked back en route to 14-3 win and the program’s best start in over a quarter century.

Dennis-Yarmouth's Maggie Johnson slides safely into second base as Mashpee shortstop Jordan Schmelzer looks toward home. Sean Walsh/ Sports

Dennis-Yarmouth’s Maggie Johnson slides safely into second base as Mashpee shortstop Jordan Schmelzer looks toward home.
Sean Walsh/ Sports

Now at 8-0, head coach Mike Bonasia’s Dolphin girls have never before been off to such a torrid opening to a season since he took the reins in the late 1980s.

“Best start ever,” the nevertheless humble Bonasia said.

Sophomore righty ace Sammi Feinstein notched her eighth win of the season and overcame a two-run third inning to strike out 10 Falcons while allowing no walks and only four hits. Feinstein did not allow a basehit from the fourth inning until the end of the game.

But her Dolphins hammered out 11 hits, including a 3-5 day at the plate from Ali Plucinski and 2-5 days at the plate from each of the Dolphins’ top four hitters in the lineup: Taylor Conley, Kiley Chapasko, Patty Newhard and Maggie Johnson each went 2-5 as part of the 11-hit Dolphin attack.

Samantha Fraser pitched well for the Falcons but took the loss. She struck out six Dolphins in the effort.

Mashpee leadoff hitter Sydney Pinsonneault, a sophomore, led off the game with a basehit and Jordyn Carpenter, Anna Roderick and Te’a Childs each had hits as well.

Dennis-Yarmouth next faces its Atlantic Coast League Rival Marshfield on Wednesday (May 6) at home at 4:00 pm.

The Falcons (1-8) hope to rebound today at Monomoy.

St. John Paul II – 7
Monomoy – 6

The Lady Lions (10-1) were deadlocked in a 6-6 tie with the visiting Monomoy Sharks (6-3) and it took a walk and a pair of errors for the hosts to pull out the win in extra innings.

Heading into the bottom of the 8th tied at 6-6, St. John Paul II leftfielder Anna Widdison led off with a walk and eventually came home on an error with one out for the 7-6 finale.

Jackie Smith notched her 10th win in the circle this spring with a pair of strikeouts as the hard-hitting Sharks tested the Lions’ ace every step of the way. All totaled, Monomoy smacked 14 hits while their counterpart Lions had only eight, including a two-run home run in the first inning from Jackie Smith.

It was Smith’s sister Kasey who led off the first inning by reaching on an error, then came scampering home on her older sister’s two-run shot that made it 2-0. St. John Paul II tacked on another run in the third inning when Hadley Tate doubled and came home on a Kristen Hayes’ baseknock.

The Sharks picked up two runs in the fourth inning to make it just a 3-2 deficit on hits from Taylor Schaub and Karley Marchese when both came home on a triple by Eliza Hawthorne.

St. John Paul II retaliated in the bottom half of the inning with three runs, a rally started by Kali Tanguay and Katie Wojciechowski and then a two-run double by Jackie Smith (2-3, 4 RBI).

Ahead 6-2, the host Lions watched the Sharks come swimming back in the fifth inning with three runs of their own, highlighted by Schaub’s third hit of the game, a triple, and hits from Hannah Potter, Marchese, and a host of others.

Monomoy shortstop Carlee Tolley (3-4) led off the sixth inning with a single and scored the tying run to make it 6-6.

After a scoreless 7th inning between both squads, Widdison came home with the game-winner in the bottom of the 8th.

St. John Paul II welcomes Nantucket today at 4:00 pm while Monomoy welcomes Mashpee at 4:00 pm.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for His email is [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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