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McDonough to join Miami squad

Decatur pitcher signs National Letter of Intent to play for Div. I university
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 22, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Tristan McDonough signs his National Letter of Intent to play Division I baseball at University of Miami, Nov. 8, at the Berlin high school. Pictured seated with McDonough, is his dad, Cameron, and mom, Heather. Standing is Decatur baseball Coach Tyler Riley.

(Nov. 24, 2017) When Stephen Decatur High School senior Tristan McDonough was considering where he wanted to go to college and possibly play baseball, the University of Miami, he said, “felt like it was the right fit.”

“I didn’t want a big school. Some people think Miami is big, but it’s not at all,” McDonough said. “They only take 2,000 incoming freshmen. I like that it’s a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. They have some good food [and] the field is really nice. It’s a good field to play on.”

Baseball has been a huge part of his life since he was a little boy.

“I’ve been playing ever since I could walk, I guess,” he said. “My mom [Heather] used to throw me balls in the front yard all the time when I was like 4 or 5.”

McDonough made a verbal commitment to the Miami baseball program the summer of his sophomore year.

“My freshman year I was like I really want to go there. I got an offer and visited the school because I didn’t want to blindly commit,” he said. “Right when I stepped on campus I knew it was where I wanted to be.”

He said he wasn’t nervous committing so early because “I felt that’s what God was calling me to do.”

“I wouldn’t be here without God. I feel like he’s with me through it all,” McDonough said. “He helped me make this decision. I also want to thank my mom and dad. They helped me get to where I am today. My dad [Cameron] trained me and made me who I am today.”

McDonough made it official earlier this month. On Nov. 8 in Decatur’s auditorium, he signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the Division I school. He received a baseball scholarship.

“It’s a really good program and [I like] the coaching stability,” he said. “All their coaches have been there for years. I like all the coaches, so I’m excited.”

McDonough had the opportunity to meet the players on the team a few weeks ago.

“They just seem like a family and l really like that aspect because they’re just all together and their main goal is a national championship and that’s what I’m trying to do,” the 17-year-old said.

The right-handed pitcher is confident he can contribute his freshman year.

“I could be in the starting rotation my freshman year and make a big impact,” he said.

McDonough said he hasn’t chosen a major yet, but he is thinking about physical therapy. His main goal is to play baseball professionally.

“I want to get drafted. Going to a school like Miami your draft stock goes up,” he said. “I want to finish school and get my degree just because baseball doesn’t last forever.”

Before McDonough heads off to Miami, he has one season left on the mound for Decatur.

“Tristan has had a very decorated career with us here at Stephen Decatur,” Decatur Coach Tyler Riley said. “A four-year varsity player, Tristan has accumulated accolades including Bayside South Pitcher of the Year, Bayside South Player of the Year, two-time First Team All-Bayside Conference, two-time preseason All-State for Maryland, First Team All-East Region as a junior with the statistical base to back all of these well-deserved awards.”

McDonough is looking forward to his final year as a Decatur Seahawk.

“I’m really excited. We have some good guys coming in and our senior class is very strong,” he said. “We’re looking forward to winning a state championship and nothing less.”

Riley said McDonough is a hard-nosed, intense player with a tireless work ethic.

“It has been a joy not only to watch him grow as a student-athlete, but as a person,” Riley said. “I look forward to having another year with Tristan and I am eager to see him succeed after high school at Miami.”


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