Terry Bonnette, shown talking to the Hinsdale girls basketball team during their per­fect 22-0 season this past winter, is coaching the Pacers softball
Terry Bonnette, shown talking to the Hinsdale girls basketball team during their per­fect 22-0 season this past winter, is coaching the Pacers softball team this spring. (Reformer file photo)

BRATTLEBORO -- At a high school that was once simply known as a soccer powerhouse, thanks to five Class A titles from 1977 to 1985, Terry Bonnette is attempting to do the unthinkable.

As in coach Hinsdale to state championships on the court and the diamond.

After guiding the girls basketball team to a perfect season and the Division 4 crown this past winter, Bonnette and the Hinsdale softball team will begin their 16-game schedule by hosting Monadnock on Monday, April 14, at 4 p.m.

"Last year, we finished in the top eight and had a home field playoff game, and we are looking to have another home playoff game this year. The potential is there, it's just got to come together and the girls have to believe in themselves for this season to be successful," said coach Bonnette.

Skylar Bonnette, a shortstop with a rifle arm who was the team's leading hitter last season, is one of three basketball starters on this club. First baseman Bridget Bourne and freshman Skylar Leclaire are the others.

"We will be counting heavily on our senior leadership to take charge and ease the transition for the younger girls. The keys to our success will be our ability to play solid defense and swing some good bats," added the coach.

Among those seniors are returning pitcher Elise Atkins and center fielder Colleen Bedaw. Atkins is also one of the top hitters for the Pacers, while Bedaw and Bourne are expected to drive in their share of runs.

The underclassmen are looking to earn starting spots.


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"With no time to get on the field yet, we are still trying to figure out who will be filling the remaining five positions," stated coach Bonnette.

Hinsdale softball roster: Coach -- Terry Bonnette. Seniors -- Skylar Bonnette, Elise Atkins, Colleen Bedaw, Bridget Bourne. Junior -- Amy Yanizee. Sophomore -- Jaqueline Atkins. Freshmen -- Skylar Leclaire, Kelsey Spindler, Sam Lynch, Jen Matuszewski, Sylvia Patenaude.

Team Schedule

*weekday games begin at 4 p.m.

April 14 -- host Monadnock

April 21 -- at Monadnock

April 28 -- host Pittsfield

April 30 -- host Wilton-Lyndeborough

May 2 -- host Mascenic

May 5 -- at Pittsfield

May 8 -- at Derryfield

May 10 -- at Newmarket, doubleheader

May 12 -- host Sunapee

May 14 -- at Newport

May 16 -- host Derryfield

May 19 -- host Newport

May 22 -- at Mascenic

May 28 -- at Wilton-Lyndeborough

May 30 -- at Sunapee