FHS grad McDonald shines at Transy

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - Taylor McDonald had a solid freshman year on Transylvania's baseball team, hitting .317 and starting in 35 of the Pioneers' 37 games.

With a year's experience, his sophomore season is going even better.

McDonald, a 2001 graduate of Frankfort High, is leading the team in hitting with a .431 average and has started all 17 games the Pioneers have played this season.

"I'm more comfortable this year," McDonald said after Transy dropped a doubleheader to Kenyon at Marquard Field Tuesday. "Last year I had to adjust to the travel schedule, and you see good pitching every single day as opposed to high school where you don't see everyone's ace.

"I was ready to start," he added about this season. "I feel more comfortable. I have a year under my belt, and I got to play a whole lot last year, and that's helped."

Shayne Stock is in his second year as Transylvania's coach. He didn't recruit McDonald but inherited him when he took the Transy job.

"He's pretty much been a starter in our lineup his entire freshman year and so far his sophomore year," Stock said of McDonald. "He's made tons of improvement. Last year I saw a freshman with loads of talent, but it's a big adjustment from high school to college baseball where everything's quicker, everyone has a better arm. He was kind of feeling his way through his freshman year, and he still hit over .300."

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