Wednesday, May 30, 2012
D.C. Baseball POY: Danny O’Donnell
By Ben Rohrbach
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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School: St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: O'Donnell posted a 6-2 record on the mound, along with a 0.34 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched this past season, leading the Cadets (26-3) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals. The 2012 WCAC Player of the Year, he also held opposing hitters to a .111 batting average and produced a WHIP of 0.62.
Academic excellence: O’Donnell has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at an area retirement home and on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of America.
“Danny O’Donnell was just a tremendous pitcher for us all season from start to finish,” said St. John’s head coach Mark Gibbs. “Every time he took the mound he gave us a chance to win. When you keep your ERA close to zero most of the year, you much be doing something right.”
THE FUTURE: O’Donnell will attend George Washington University this fall where he will play baseball.