Former Thompsonite Taylor MacDonnell is three-quarters through his rookie season with the Swift Current Indians of the Western Major Baseball League after spending the spring playing his freshman season at Williston State College in North Dakota.
MacDonnell, who moved to Swift Current from Thompson before starting high school, pitched four games at Williston State this season, going 2-2 with an earned run average of 2.16 while holding opponents to a .182 batting average. He gave up 16 hits and 10 runs in 25 innings pitched. MacDonnell was one of four players from his school names to the all Mon-Dak Conference team.
With Swift Current, MacDonnell has a record of 1-0 with one save and an ERA of 4.00, and has pitched 27 innings in 10 appearances, two of them starts. He has 25 strikeouts, 10 with batters looking, and has issued 14 walks while giving up 31 hits. Opponents are batting .284 against MacDonnell. His win came June 18 in a 9-5 victory over the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets.
Swift Current has a record of 20-10 with 10 games to play and is poised to win the Central Division crown with the second-place Moose Jaw Miller Express well behind at 10-18. Swift Current lost to the Okotoks Dawgs in last season's championship final.