Cole McDonald

When the Houston Astros selected Iowa star pitcher and former New Hampton native Cole McDonald in the 15th round of the MLB Draft, it didn’t hit him that his life was going to completely change. “I got the call saying they had drafted me on Wednesday (June 5). I got another call after that saying...
Cole McDonald fires a pitch to the plate during a University of Iowa baseball game this past spring.
This may sound strange, but Cole McDonald is adamant about it. He would not trade the challenges thrown at him for a proverbial million dollars, for those tough times — the Tommy John surgery in 2014 or the disastrous sophomore season at the University of Iowa in 2017 — made him into the pitcher he...
Former New Hampton High star Cole McDonald delivers a pitch to the plate during an Iowa baseball game earlier this season.
Sometimes, fathers do know best; just ask Cole McDonald. After a mediocre start to the season for the University of Iowa baseball team, the Hawkeyes have flipped the switch since an 0-3 start in Big Ten play and now are in the mix for a potential spot in the NCAA tournament. And one of the many...
Iowa needed a strong pitching performance, and Cole McDonald delivered one. The junior from New Hampton scattered three hits over seven innings of work to pick up his first victory of the season in Iowa’s 8-2 win over New Orleans in the All-State Sugar Baseball Classic. The Iowa win came the day...
    Iowa's magical run at the World University Games ended Tuesday night in Taiwan as Team Japan posted  a 10-0 win over the Hawkeyes in the gold medal game, but the silver medal was the first ever won by the United States at the Games.    "It was a great experience for our guys, a once in a...
    Cole McDonald was up front and honest; he knew he had a no-hitter going almost the entire time Friday during the World University Games.    But it didn’t stop him from throwing the first nine-inning no-hitter by a University of Iowa pitcher in more than 50 years as Iowa, which is serving as...
    The University of Iowa baseball team that is representing the United States at the World University Games in Taiwan, earned a trip to the medal round despite an 11-5 loss to Japan on Wednesday.    The Hawkeyes punched their ticket to the medal round with a 13-3 victory over Russia Tuesday in a...
Former New Hampton High School and current University of Iowa baseball player Cole McDonald will join his Hawkeye teammates in representing the United States at the World University Games that begin next week in Taiwan.
    Cole McDonald will be the first to admit that he’s been presented some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities because he’s a member of the University of Iowa baseball team.    He got a chance to travel to the Dominican Republic last November. He was on a team that won its first-ever Big Ten...

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