Buffalo, NY - A pair of D'Youville baseball players concluded their careers with all-conference honors, announced the conference Wednesday.
Senior center fielder Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and senior first baseman Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetville-Manlius) were selected as Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) all-conference players, voted on by opposing coaches. Brackna was earned his first all-conference appearance as a second team selection while Macrides also earned his first all-conference selection, making the third team.
Brackna put together the best season of his career this year, becoming one of the conference's best outfielders. Brackna finished the regular season fifth in the AMCC in batting average (.408) and tenth in on base percentage (.478). He added 40 hits, 11 doubles, 19 RBI, 12 walks, two triples, 21 runs scored, and two home runs. Each of those numbers were either first or second on the team.
During conference play, Justin finished tied for eighth in hits (29) and doubles (2), tied for fifth in doubles (8), and tied for seventh in batting average (.468). In 28 games played, Brackna had hits in 26 of them and more than one hit in nine. He ended the season with an 18-game hitting streak and in the two games that he did not get a hit, Justin still reached base as he earned a walk in each game. He also committed just two errors all season long. Justin is the team's most consistent all-around player and the best hitter. He set the program's single season hit record this year.
Macrides had a historic season for the Spartans after shifting to a new position. After playing shortstop his entire career, Travis moved to first base and had a career season.
Macrides finished the season first on the Spartans 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). By season's end, Travis set the program record for hits, doubles, RBI, RBI in a season, and total bases while ranking second in home runs. In 10 of the 28 games played, Macrides multiple RBI. He had 19 games with at least a hit and nine games of multiple hits and an 11-game hitting streak. At career's end, Travis is one of if not the best player in the history of D'Youville baseball.
The full list of all-conference players and conference awards can be found at the AMCC website.