Baseball fanatic Ben Donnell loves the “green field”
Ben Donnell is a college student with a passion for baseball. He started playing baseball when he was only five years old and is still playing today.
Donnell started off playing tee ball. This is where the players hit the ball off the tee.
“I found myself excelling and playing above my peers and that kind of made me have the desire to play at a more competitive level, Donnell said.”
Ben knew he loved baseball from the moment he started playing it.
“The moment I started playing baseball I knew it was for me,” Donnell said. “The wind blowing, the green field, it just felt perfect.”
Start to a new level
Donnell played on his first rep team at the age of ten. He played for the Oakville all-star little league team. After two years on the all-star team, Donnell switched to the Oakville A’s, a AAA high caliber team. He spent six years on the A’s in which he enjoyed a lot.
“Playing baseball in Oakville was awesome,” Donnell said. “The people I played with were all so nice.”
In the upper years of baseball, Ben had to decide what position he really wished to pursue. He loved pitcher as well as first base. Ultimately, he chose to be a pitcher as his primary position. Then, as a secondary when the coach needs him he can step into first base and as well take a couple at-bats here and there.
Ben Donnell training in the off season at Brays Lane Park in his hometown Oakville, Ontario
When it came time to consider colleges Donnell spoke with his mom and dad a lot about which would benefit him educationally as well as athletically.
He ultimately chose to go to school in Bellerose, New York where he only stayed for one year. He had the best earned run average out of the pitchers on his team for that year. He then transferred to a Christian school in Oklahoma, where he further pursued baseball and education.
When Donnell pitches, he can control his emotions very well.
“I don’t get nervous out there on the mound which is definitely a good thing.”
When he comes back to Oakville he frequently goes out to the park closest to his house called “Bray’s Lane Park” where he loves to train during the off-season.
“I just love playing baseball, regardless if it's with friends or at a competitive level, I love it, Donnell said.”