Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coach Leo Dandes and assistant coaches Mike LiPani and Spencer Leet presented the awards to the D'Youville baseball team.
Senior first baseman Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) concluded his career with the Spartans this season as one of the best to ever put on a uniform. His career year earned him the team's Most Valuable Player award and a selection to the AMCC All-Conference Third team.
This season, Travis moved to first base after playing shortstop for the previous three seasons and saw his game go to another level. He led the team in RBI (31), triples (3), home runs (4), stolen bases (7), and tied for first in runs scored (21). He was tied for second in doubles (7), third in batting average (.326), and hits (31). At the end of the season, Macrides broke several records. He set the program record for hits, doubles, RBI, RBI in a season, and total bases while ranking second in home runs. Defensively, Macrides had his best career fielding percentage at .983 and had just four errors.
In center field, Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) put together the best season of his career this year, becoming one of the conference's best outfielders. As a team captain, Brackna led by example and was a presence in the dugout, earing the team's Spartan Award. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
At the end of the regular season, Justin was fifth in the AMCC in batting average (.408) and tenth in on base percentage (.478). Brackna recorded an 18-game winning streak and was the top hitter on the Spartans. His 40 hits, 11 doubles, 19 RBI, 12 walks, two triples, 21 runs scored, and two home runs were either first or second on the team. He was just as good in the field with just two errors, showcasing his complete game. He ended the season with the program's single-season hit record. Brackna added another award to his senior season as he was named an AMCC Second Team All-Conference outfielder.
After a solid freshman season, sophomore third baseman Brendan Burke (Collegeville, PA/Spring-Ford) had a breakout year and was named the team's Most Improved Player. Burke had career highs in early every category and became an everyday player for the Spartans.
Burke played a career high 26 games in 2018, all at third base. He tied for his career high in runs (7) but reached new career highs in doubles (6), RBI, (8), walks (15), stolen bases (1), and batting average (.236). Towards the end of the season, Brendan had a massive doubleheader against Pitt.-Greensburg. Burke went 3-4 with a run scored and two doubles in each game, including three RBI in game one. His development cemented his spot in the lineup.
(Pictured from left to right: Coach Leet, Coach LiPani, Brackna, Burke, Macrides, Coach Dandes)