Fossil Ridge's Haley Donaldson creates noise on the diamond

Fossil Ridge's Haley Donaldson creates noise on the diamond

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Fossil Ridge's Haley Donaldson creates noise on the diamond

Senior shortstop Donaldson signed early to play at Nebraska in 2016.

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Senior shortstop Donaldson signed early to play at Nebraska in 2016.

KUSA – Thousands of visitors will come through Colorado for the 46th annual Sparkler/Fireworks Softball Tournament this weekend.

The Triple Crown Sports softball tournament features some of the best talent in the nation and it’s a great place for college scouts to come and recruit.  However, one local incoming senior doesn’t need to worry about that.  Fossil Ridge and Triple Crown Stars’ shortstop Haley Donaldson has already signed to play with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

“It was the right fit for me,” Donaldson told 9NEWS.  “I fell in love with it as soon as I stepped on campus, everything about it fit me perfectly,” she said.

One of the reasons why she committed early was because she tore her ACL last year during a tournament while turning a double play.

“I was thinking ‘oh crap’ this is bad,” Donaldson recalls.  However after months of rehab, Haley is back and feels great.

Donaldson only played in four games last year with Fossil Ridge because of her knee injury, but that’s nothing compared to what she has to deal with every time she steps onto the diamond.

Haley has a cochlear implant placed on the right side of her head to help her hearing.  She had surgery when she was five years old and it’s been there ever since.

It doesn’t affect her play, in fact, it helps her to become a stronger player.  Haley relies heavily on her other senses.  “I have good eyes and that takes over everything, and I have such great teammates that it doesn’t really affect me,” Donaldson said.

Make sure to keep an eye on Haley as she takes the field for her senior season with the Fossil Ridge Sabercats.

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