Dono­van’s a dandy for Base­ball NL

Noah Dono­van named to provin­cial un­der-15 team

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

When scouts are look­ing you want to have your best per­for­mance.

You want to show­case all of your tal­ents and what makes you stand out as an ath­lete and a team­mate.

That is ex­actly what Up­per Is­land Cove teen Noah Dono­van had at the Mary Tavenor Me­mo­rial Base­ball Tour­na­ment in Cor­ner Brook July 1113.

A mem­ber of the CBN Bull­dogs ban­tam AA squad, Dono­van was in the run­ning for a spot on the provin­cial un­der-15 base­ball team headed for the na­tional tour­na­ment in Vaughn, Ont., later this sum­mer.

It is a team he would later make, be­com­ing one of nine Bull­dogs selected to provin­cial teams this sum­mer.

The Tavenor tour­na­ment was the last step in the eval­u­a­tion of the 18 play­ers who make up the squad, and the coaches were watch­ing.

“I had a strong Tavenor tour­na­ment,” said Dono­van.

A mid­dle in­fielder and one of his team’s top arms, the 15-year-old was solid at the plate and on the mound in the tour­na­ment. But, it might have been a pair of plays at the short­stop po­si­tion that stuck out in the minds of eval­u­a­tors.

In one game, Dono­van was shad­ing the hit­ter to­wards the mid­dle of the di­a­mond when the ball was slapped to the left-hand side. Rang­ing to his right, he went into the hole be­tween third and sec­ond and snagged the ball on his back­hand.

Plant­ing his right leg, Dono­van un­corked a strong throw to first base to get the run­ner.

“I showed my ver­sa­til­ity,” he said of the im­pres­sive dis­play of ath­leti­cism and base­ball acu­men.

Dono­van is the only player from Base­ball CBN to be named to the un­der-15 squad, mak­ing one of the top 18 play­ers for his age group in the prov­ince.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said.

The ex­pe­ri­ence

The 2014 un­der-15 boys cham­pi­onships are be­ing held Aug. 21-25 in Vaughn, a city 40 kilo­me­tres north of

About Noah Dono­van: • Age — 15; • Home­town — Up­per Is­land Cove; • Fam­ily — par­ents are Brian and Corinne Dono­van; has two broth­ers, Ni­cholas and Chase; • School — head­ing to Level I at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts; • Po­si­tion — short­stop, pitcher; • Favourite player — Jose Bautista; • Per­sonal ac­com­plish­ment — win­ning gold in ball hockey at the 2012 NL Games held in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace. Toronto. It will bring to­gether the finest ban­tam-aged base­ball play­ers from across the coun­try.

“Some of them could end up play­ing in the MLB (Ma­jor League Base­ball), you don’t know,” said Dono­van.

His role

Dono­van is un­sure of his role, but one thing is for cer­tain, he’ll be ready when his name is called.

“Makes no dif­fer­ence to me what role I play,” he said.

The na­tional base­ball tour­na­ment will cap what will be a busy sum­mer for Dono­van. Aside from his own provin­cial tour­na­ment with the Bull­dogs, he has been selected to the provin­cial un­der-15 male ball hockey team that is headed to the na­tional tour­na­ment in Win­nipeg, Man., later this month. Also named to the team were lo­cals Colin Parsons, Mark Bar­rett, Cameron Simms and Matthew Hoyles.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Up­per Is­land Cove’s Noah Dono­van has been named to the provin­cial un­der-15 base­ball team.

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