Christine Donovan Signs National Letter of Intent With Sailfish Softball

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Gainesville High School Standout Christine Donovan (Pictured) Signs With Palm Beach Atlantic University SoftballGainesville High School Standout Christine Donovan (Pictured) Signs With Palm Beach Atlantic University Softball

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Adding in yet another potential standout, Palm Beach Atlantic University head softball coach Kimmy Bloemers has announced the fifth official recruit signing for the 2009 campaign in Gainesville High School product Christine Donovan.

A right-handed pitcher and All-State Third-Team member in 2007, Donovan comes to PBA after a solid four-year prep career in Gainesville, Florida. A four-year starter and two-year captain at the varsity level, Donovan will bring her high-level softball skills to West Palm Beach next fall as she prepares for her first collegiate season next spring with the Sailfish.

A pitcher with big-play capabilities, Donovan is the all-time strikeout record holder at GHS and was named the 1st-Team All-Area in both 2006 and 2007 in addition to her All-State accolades.

With rising juniors Ashley Jones and Heather Laird returning next season for the Sailfish in the pitching circle, coach Bloemers believes Donovan gives the Fish even more depth while making the team better now and in the future.

“As we look to strengthen our program, adding players of Christine’s abilities is exactly what we are looking for,” said Bloemers.

“Christine gives our team not only another great pitching option but someone we believe is going to be a success at PBA on and off the field,” continued Bloemers.

Not only a threat from the pitcher’s circle, Donovan will be looked upon to continue the recent trend of not only athletic excellence but success in the classroom as she is a member of her high school’s National Honor Society.

“I am so happy with my decision to attend PBA,” said Donovan as she completed her letter of intent papers. “I knew right when I stepped on campus that Palm Beach Atlantic was were I wanted to go. I know it will be an amazing opportunity to grow spiritually, to grow as a student, person, and athlete,” continued Donovan.

With the highly-competitive travel league season quickly approaching, coach Bloemers and the Sailfish coaching staff will no doubt be out to find more talent and productive players for the future of Palm Beach Atlantic University softball.

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