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Senior designated hitter Jim MacDonald, a 2004 Cheshire High School graduate, recently completed a standout career for the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Mass.) baseball program. MacDonald started four years for Head Coach Mike Stone.
He recently completed his strongest season, in which he became the program’s first All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association/All-Atlantic-10 Conference first team selection since 2005. MacDonald started 49 games this spring and set career-high totals for batting average (.343), hits (71), runs scored (40), doubles (12), triples (two), home runs (nine), total bases (114), and RBIs (53). The hits, RBIs, and total bases totals moved him into the top 10 for a single season at UMass.
MacDonald was named A-10 Player of the Week after hitting .450 with eight RBIs, five runs, two home runs, and .524 on-base percentage over a five-game stretch. During a three-game sweep of Saint Joseph’s University from April 17-19, he batted .636 to go along with six RBIs and four runs.
His performances helped the Minutemen overcome a 1-7 start to the season. UMass posted their highest win total (27-26 record) since 2001 and a 16-11 record within the A-10 was the best in 12 years. They qualified for the A-10 Tournament for the first time since 2003, defeating Fordham and Charlotte before losing to eventual champion Xavier. MacDonald is still eligible to play in the NEIBA All-Star Game to be held June 4, at Campanelli Stadium at Brockton, Mass.
Read about MacDonald’s collegiate career and professional prospects through an upcoming story at www.cheshireherald.com.