Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Kyle McLain and graduate assistant presented the awards to their D'Youville baseball team.
Sophomore utility player Renato Quinones (Lockport, NY/St. Joe's) played his way into a key role for the Spartans and earned the Most Improved Player award. Quinones hit at the top of the lineup for the entire season and was tied for first in RBI, tied for second in stolen bases, fourth in hits, runs scored, and batting average.
Renato became arguably the most versatile player on the team as he played right and center field, second base, third base, catcher, and pitched this season. His contributions to the team increased greatly this past season and he is a key part of the team moving forward.
Senior first baseman/pitcher Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) battled through numerous injuries this past season and gave his teammates his all as he was the recipient of the team's Spartan Award. Matt saw time at designated hitter, pitcher, and first base this season and contributed at each position. He hit .281 this past season while recording four runs scored and three RBI. On the mound, he pitched in eight games with four starts, 16.2 innings and struck out seven.
Critelli missed several games due to multiple injuries, but continued to work to get back in the lineup. While out, Matt continued to support his teammates and became an extension of the coaching staff. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team
Closing out his career as the all-time hits leader, senior outfielder/pitcher Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Haak led the team in hits (32), batting average (.299), runs scored (17), stolen bases (5), was tied for first in triples (1), and second in doubles (6). On the mound, Dylan had a career year. He led the team in wins (2) and strikeouts (29), and was second in innings pitched (32.2).
Haak has been a consistent producer at the top of the lineup for the Spartans throughout his career. He has tallied 30 hits and five doubles in each of his four seasons - all from the leadoff spot. His versatility to play the outfield, infield, or pitch have made him an extremely valuable member of the team as he concludes his career as one of the best to wear a Spartan uniform.
(Pictured from left to right: Haak, Critelli)