Donofro’s selection as top pitcher a ‘no-brainer’

Roman Donofro

Crestview High School pitcher Roman Donofro was named the Northwest Florida Daily News Big School Pitcher of the Year.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 05:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW —  Roman Donofro outdueled Choctawhatchee's Bryan Baker and Niceville's Nick Junger. He went 2-0 against archrival Niceville. He shined in bright spotlight of postseason baseball’s, tossing 16 scoreless innings at one point and allowing just one earned run over 21 innings.

Through every fall-of-the-table curveball and deceptively fast fastball, Donofro embodied every telltale sign of an ace.

The right-hander pitched an area-high 79 innings, yielding just 16 earned runs for a 1.42 earned run average. Further delving into the numbers, Donofro had 96 strikeouts (8.5 per seven innings), held opponents to a .253 average and went 8-4.

Capping off a late-in-the-season 10-game winning streak, Donofro dazzled against Marianna. The 5-foot-7-inch, 160-pound senior struck out eight Bulldogs and walked four for his first no-hitter.

Pitted against second-seeded Niceville in the win-or-go-home setting of the District 2-6A semifinals, Donofro struck out 11 and allowed just five hits in a 6-0 shutout win.

The win not only punched the Bulldogs’ postseason ticket, it gave them a 3-0 mark against their state-ranked archrival. The transformative win was part of a postseason stretch in which Donofro recorded the 16 consecutive scoreless innings, further cementing his ace status.

And, essentially, it cemented his Northwest Florida Daily News Big School Pitcher of the Year award.

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