Union Female Athlete of the Month

Senior Jess McDonough is a center outfielder with the Union High School softball team

LEADER-femaleathlete-Jess McDonoughMcDonough has batted third in the lineup for the past three years.
In her 242 career at-bats with the Farmers, McDonough has maintained
a sterling batting average of .417 while driving in 61 RBIs. This fall,
McDonough will begin her collegiate softball career with Misericordia
University in Pennsylvania.

On Union High School’s start to the spring season
(2-4, 0-2 in league play):
“We’re off to a pretty good start. Our goal is to continue to play well enough to be at the top of our conference, and I feel that my teammates and I have enough talent and drive to pull it off. This year, our team, we bond very well, we get along and we enjoy playing with each other. It will come together, and hopefully our hard work will pay off.”

What have been the highlights of your softball career, so far?
“In my sophomore year, we made it to the semi-finals in counties.
It was a great feeling to be there.”

You’ve put up some big numbers in your time at Union High School. Have you hit any milestones which are especially meaningful?
“This year, I reached my 100th varsity hit, and I’ve been working really hard with my dad and — at practice — with the coaches. [The 100th hit] was in our Rahway game this past week. After I got it, I was recognized by my school, and it was a pretty good feeling.”
In about five months, you’re going to be playing college softball at Misericordia University.

How did softball play a role in where you went to college, and what was your selection process like?
“At first, it was nerve-wracking to find the right college, but I was
ucky enough to have a couple of offers to continue playing softball. At
Misericordia University, I felt so comfortable and welcomed by the softball coach. But, most importantly, after meeting my future teammates and visiting the campus, I felt like it was the right fit to continue my education.”

What are you watching on Netflix right now?
“Friday Night Lights.”

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one object with you, what would it be?
“Maybe a softball, because you could play with it, you could throw it
at things. It’d keep you occupied.”