DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Softball group honors Gators' Bridget Donahey

Xavier Prep sophomore softball standout Bridget Donahey has been named the No. 12 player in the nation for high school graduation year 2022 by the Extra Innings Softball media outlet.

The statistics on which her selection was based are from her freshman year in 2018-19, including a .581 batting average with a team-high 43 hits, 36 RBIs, 13 home runs and 13 doubles.

Donahey is listed as a third baseman and catcher, but she has played mainly shortstop for the Gators.

She played in only four games in Xavier’s abbreviated nine-game spring season in 2020, before being sidelined with an injury to her forearm. She had four hits with 5 RBIs and a double. Had the season resumed, she almost certainly would have returned to the field.

Despite Donahey’s youth, college programs already were in strong pursuit for Donahey, and she has made a commitment to Northwestern University in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill.

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