Dona signs letter of intent to play baseball for St. Thomas Aquinas

Gloversville's Aaron Dona, center, signs his Letter of Intent to attend and play baseball for NCAA Div. II St. Thomas Aquinas College Friday at Gloversville High School. Looking on are his sister Ashley, father Thom and mother Ronnie along with Gloversville High School baseball coaches Mike Ponticello and Mike DeMagistris. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — After completing his senior season for the Gloversville Huskies, Aaron Dona will be taking his baseball career to the next level.

Friday Dona signed his Letter of Intent to play baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas College, an NCAA Division II contender in Sparkill, where he will be a finance major.

“It was a real long process and that kind of blew up over the summer going to showcases,” Dona said. “I went to a showcase in Saratoga and that is were St. Thomas talked to me, so I went down there for a visit.”

Dona was impressed with the campus and chose St. Thomas Aquinas over the more than 30 colleges that contacted him.

“I went to visit St. Thomas, Dominican and a few others before narrowing it down and St. Thomas is where I want to be,” Dona said.

The Spartans compete in the East Coast Conference and posted a 44-17 record last year en route to a third-place finish at the D-II World Series.

“Aaron is a baseball junkie,” Gloversville varsity baseball coach Mike DeMagistris said. “He lives, eats and sleeps baseball. I have known him since he was a very young kid and this is something he was wanted to do — play college baseball. I think it is great he is going to St. Thomas Aquinas, it is a great baseball school. He has put in a lot of time in the off season playing summer ball and all and he deserves all the accolades he is going to get. We are looking forward to having him play this spring.”

Dona has split his time between pitching and playing the infield for the Huskies but will concentrate on pitching for the Spartans.

With his college choice behind him, Dona is looking forward to his senior season on the diamond for Gloversville.

“It was very long but going into this baseball season I am not going to give up on my teammates,” he said. “I am still going to go out and give my all every game. After that I can’t wait to go down there. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of something bigger.”

Dona is the son of Thom and Ronnie Dona of Gloversville and brother of Siena College field hockey player Ashley Dona.