Mac­don­ald is soft­ball’s choice

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - PETER JONES

Wil­liam Mac­don­ald has been nom­i­nated by soft­ball for the 2017 Marl­bor­ough Sports Awards.

It has been a break­through year for the highly-promis­ing 16-yearold pitcher, high­lighted by his selec­tion in the Ju­nior Black Sox side that com­peted in the un­der-23 Mens’ Friend­ship Se­ries in Bris­bane in July. That event was con­sid­ered preparation for the nam­ing of the 2018 Ju­nior Black Sox team to com­pete at the 2018 World Se­ries in Canada.

Mac­don­ald also played a piv­otal role for the Marl­bor­ough un­der-17 rep side that won the Main­land Tour­na­ment in De­cem­ber, be­ing named in both the tour­na­ment team and the Main­land un­der-17 side that toured in Aus­tralia.

The busy ball player rep­re­sented the Up­per South Is­land un­der-17 and un­der-19 sides at their re­spec­tive national tour­na­ments, be­ing named tour­na­ment team pitcher at con­clu­sion of the un­der-17 event.

After some top-notch work off the mound for the Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege com­bi­na­tion at the New Zealand sec­ondary schools tour­na­ment, where they fin­ished third, Mac­don­ald was again named in the tour­na­ment team.

He played club ball for Saints Aces and rep­re­sented the Marl­bor­ough se­nior rep side, earn­ing him the ac­co­lade of Marl­bor­ough soft­ball’s un­der-19 player of the year.

His nom­i­na­tion is spon­sored by Ni­chol­son Con­tract­ing 2002 Ltd.

RICKY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Marl­bor­ough Sports Awards soft­ball nom­i­nee Wil­liam Mac­don­ald fires down an­other pitch.

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