Bombers third baseman/catcher Riley MacDonald has re-written the WMBL History Books. On Saturday July 7 in Melville, SK Riley hit two homeruns, a solo in the 1st inning tying the record at 18 and in his next at bat in the 3rd inning on a 1 and 2 count, Riley hit a two run home run, his 19th, earning him the NEW WMBL record for home runs in a single season.
Riley's milestone is something that his teammates, Bombers organization and fans are very proud of. MacDonald is a hard worker on and off the field, if he isn't at the field getting in early work, he is in the gym getting faster and stronger, trying to get to the next level. He is the first to arrive at the ballpark and last to leave everyday. That kind of dedication is paying off and has helped him break the record. MacDonald is more then a home run hitter, he works extremely hard behind the plate and on third base, he is not afraid to get dirty and play the game the way it is meant to be played. MacDonald is currently sitting 1st in home runs with 19, 1st in RBI's with 48 and 4th in batting average hitting .367. He has also accumulated 12 double and 1 triple, that earned him the cycle in the 2nd game of season and helping a lucky fan win $5000.
MacDonald also had an award winning season with the Waldorf University Warriors. For the second straight year, MacDonald was honoured as a Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athlete. MacDonald was also named to the NSAA All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. MacDonald hit .309 with six home runs and 21 RBIs for the Warriors this season. He also led the Warriors with 13 doubles, and stole four bases. The senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Business major with a 3.80 GPA.
We asked Riley a few questions about his milestone night:
What was going through your mind when you tied and broke the record?
Riley: "I was pretty excited, I knew as soon as it left the bat that it was going over. Rounding the bases, I was giving a few fist pumps. I was pretty fired up, it was a special moment."
Who was the first person you thought of after hitting the home runs?
Riley: "The first person I thought of was my Mom. She follows our games pretty religiously, she is my biggest fan. Without her I wouldn't be playing this game, she sacrificed a lot of time and money to get where I am today."
Who was the first person you called after the game?
Riley: "Social media was crazy after the game, so I had every body contacting me about it. I am not to big on there, but in this situation I had a lot of people reaching out to me."
What is your response to all the chatter about downplaying the signifiacnce of the recoed because you play at Elks Field?
Riley: "I think people will choose to be mad over any major records that get broken. The fact that it happenned so quickly makes some people mad. But for all the negative feedback I've gotten or heard, there is ten times more positive feedback."
What does it mean to you personally to hold the home run record?
Riley: " It's special of all the attention Brooks is getting for it. And also it's something that has gotten myself a lot of attention. I wanted to keep playing baseball and I think because of this I've gotten my chance to play professional baseball."
This Friday be sure to join us at Elks Field early as there will be a special presentation made to Riley MacDonald in honor of his special acheivement.
Presentation to take place around 6:45pm, with first pitch at 7:05pm