GW Baseball Recruit Danny O'Donnell Earns Numerous Accolades
Incoming Freshman Named Ripken League All-Star, Gatorade Player of the Year
Aug. 7, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington baseball incoming freshman Danny O'Donnell has racked up numerous individual accolades following his senior season at St. John's College High School and as a member of the D.C. Grays of the Cal Ripken Baseball League.
After helping St. John's College to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship, O'Donnell was named the WCAC Player of the Year and was a First Team All-MET selection. Additionally, he was a Louisville Slugger All-American Honorable Mention. O'Donnell pitched to a 6-2 record during his senior season, with 43 strikeouts in 43 innings while limiting opponents to a .111 batting average.
O'Donnell also became the fourth player from St. John's College High School to be recognized as the Gatorade District of Columbia Baseball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, recognizes O'Donnell as the District of Columbia's best high school baseball player.
He joins an elite alumni association of past state baseball award winners, including Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay, Chipper Jones and local products Danny Hultzen, Michael Bowie, Matt Bowman and J.J. Hoes.
"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."
O'Donnell has also found success in the Cal Ripen Baseball League, an NCAA-sanctioned summer baseball league. Founded in 2005, the Ripken League is a wooden bat summer program made up of amateur players from a wide variety of colleges and universities from throughout the United States.
O'Donnell, the lone recent high school senior on the D.C. Grays, pitched admirably, earning a 3-1 record while recording 22 strikeouts and one complete game in seven starts. For his efforts, he was named to the Ripken League All-Star Team, one of just three high school seniors to be named an All-Star.
"Danny had a terrific season for the Grays," said Michael Barbera, president of DC Grays Baseball. "Even though he just graduated high school and was facing top-level college hitters, he more than held his own. Every time Danny took the mound he gave us a chance to win. He was critical to our success."
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