Donovan’s a dandy for Baseball NL
Noah Donovan named to provincial under-15 team
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 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.
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.
Upper Island Cove’s Noah Donovan has been named to the provincial under-15 baseball team.