And then there were none.
Three teams from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School enjoyed very successful seasons this spring, but all three were knocked out of their tournaments in the first round of play.
The softball team rebounded from last year’s 10-10 regular season finish with a 13-5 record this year. Earning a Number 9 seed, the Dolphins played eighth-seeded Middleboro last Friday. But unlike last year when the Dolphins upset Fontbonne Academy in the first round, they didn’t quite have it this year, losing to Middleboro, 5-0.
“Our biggest problem was we didn’t hit the ball too well and we’re a good hitting team. We had only four hits,” said D-Y coach Mike Bonasia. “They had a pitcher we thought we’d hit really well against, but our timing was off, and when we hit the ball we hit it right to somebody.
Middleboro scored one run in the first inning another in the third, two more in the fifth and a last one in the sixth.
“Yeah, they chipped away and we had nine errors in the game. When you look at the scorebook, they only had one earned run,” said Bonasia.
Senior captain Jess Frisch had two of D-Y’s four hits. In the second inning, with a chance to tie the game, she doubled and stole second, but the Dolphins could not get her across the plate. And in the seventh inning she doubled with two outs, and was unable to score.
It was just not D-Y’s day.
“Basically, we got snakebit in the first round,” said Bonasia.
It was a disappointing end to a fine season.
“Ultimately, we were 13-6 and we accomplished most of our goals. We made the tournament, we won a share of our league title, and we won the Cape Cod Showdown,” said Bonasia.
Bonasia was extremely proud of his seniors, who had been with him since they were freshmen and eighth graders and who were with him four years ago when he won his 250th game and this year 50 wins later for his 300th win.
They were Frisch, and the other captains Julia Kent and Maddie Medeiros, along with identical twins Jessica and Jacqui Moulton.
“It ended so fast,” said Bonasia. “It’s bittersweet. It’s always tough to say goodbye.”
The baseball team, also led by a solid group of seniors, played hard all season against very, very good competition in the Atlantic Coast League and ended the season with a 12-8 record to get the Number 12 seed in the Division 3 tournament.
But they had to go up against ACL foe Sandwich, the Number 5 seed, in the first round and it was another hard fought battle. The Dolphins and Sandwich battled through five scoreless innings with D-Y’s Cam Taubert and the Blue Knights’ Dillon Ryan pitching great for each team.
In the sixth, Sandwich Scored, but in the top of the seventh D-Y came right back as Geoffrey Jamiel reached first on an error, stole second and then advanced to third on a groundout. Cam Duffy drove Jamiel in with a single to tie the game.
But Sandwich scored in the bottom of the seventh to win it 2-1.
“The season was successful and encouraging,” said D-Y coach, J. D. Stone. “We fought and played our best until the very end. This team never gave up. They always improved. Even when the seniors were out of school, they opted to come to practice instead of attending some of their senior activities. They loved pushing each other and getting the team better.”
D-Y’s departing seniors are captains Charlie McCaffrey and Magnus Orava, along with Peyton Doyle, Andrew Campbell, Duffy, Taubert, and Josh Badach.
The girls’ tennis team had it best season in a long, long time finishing at 12-4 and losing only to Division 1 Barnstable and ACL champions Nauset, twice each.
The Dolphins were awarded a Number 11 seed and played Number 6 Norwell in the first round. It was a tough match was D-Y lost at Number 1 and 2 singles, but freshman Alayna Rooney who was exceptional all season, won at third singles.
The second doubles team of Brooke Withers and Renee Levesque won their match in three sets to tie it up at 2-2.
“It came down to everybody watching first doubles in the third set,” said D-Y coach Jess Francis.
But Kim Calle and Gabby Rios lost 6-2.
As with the softball and baseball teams, the seniors who had been with the program since they were eighth graders led the way.
They were Calle, Withers, Levesque, and Victoria Liu.
“It was the best season we’ve had since I’ve been here at D-Y,” said Francis. “The girls worked so hard, not only this year but for the last five years.”