COVINA – Mia Onesto drove in five runs with a home run and a double and starter Kate Donaldson pitched four solid innings and had a two-run double to power Dana Hills to a 12-5 victory over Charter Oak of Covina in a CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinal softball playoff game Thursday at Charter Oak High.
The Dolphins (19-12) will be home against Riverside Poly on Tuesday, May 30, for the semifinal.
Onesto, a junior, slugged a three-run homer to right field in the first inning and a two-run double to center field in the fifth. She also had a single in the seventh in a 3-for-5 performance.
“Mia was seeing the ball like a beach ball,” Dana Hills coach Brandon Cosenza said.
Donaldson, who transferred into the program this season from Orem, Utah, allowed one run and four hits in four innings before Cosenza pulled her with the Dolphins leading, 10-1. Donaldson, who has signed with Weber State, struck out three and didn’t allow a walk.
“She pitched great,” Consenza said. “She keeps the ball down, throws strikes and has good movement on the ball. We were fortunate to have her transfer into our school.”
Dana Hills had 14 hits including six for extra bases.
“Our hitters are really seeing the ball,” Consenza said.
The Dolphins added one run with two outs in the second on a single by Dani Delafuente and an RBI double to left-center field by Cozette Zoch.
Dana Hills extended its lead to 9-0 in the third. With one out and Jessie Nagel on second and Meryl Rinehart on first, Donaldson drove them across with a double to right-center field.
Charter Oak (21-8) replaced starting pitcher EmaRae Flores with Justine Greene. Greene hit Jackie Stilwell with a pitch and Delafuente singled to load the bases. Zoch’s single to center drove in one run and Cameron Cecil’s double to right drove in two more.
“We have strong pitching and pretty good bats and it’s been fun to advance in the playoffs,” Cosenza said. “Our program has been to the finals only once. This…