Buffalo, NY – Following their second consecutive AMCC regular season title, the D'Youville softball team added to their season awards with seven all-conference awards, announced the AMCC on Tuesday.
Leading the way for the Spartans was Kalie McHenry (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home), who was named AMCC Pitcher of the Year for the third consecutive year and an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection for the fourth consecutive year.
In the regular season, McHenry led the conference in wins (21), innings pitched (199.1), complete games (28), strikeouts (180), games started (28) and games (32) while she was third in ERA (1.58). Her season totals in wins (23), strikeouts (203), innings pitched (229.1) and complete games (32) were all career highs. McHenry has two five-game winning streaks this season and a five game winning streak. She has four shutouts and has recorded a strikeout in every game.
Kalie's bat has caught up with her arm this season, as she has reached career highs in runs (19), hits (37), triples (4), RBI (21), walks (16) and batting average (.389). She led the team in batting average and triples, tied for second in hits, is third in RBI and stolen bases and tied for fourth in runs in the regular season. Her batting average was sixth in the AMCC.
In her previous three seasons, Kalie has been named an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection (2013, 2014, 2015). She is back-to-back reigning AMCC Pitcher of the Year (2014, 2015) and AMCC Preseason Pitcher of the Year (2015, 2016). She has been the AMCC Pitcher of the Week three-times this season and was an AMCC All-Tournament Team Member.
Behind McHenry was a star-studded offense and defense, led by two more senior First Team All-Conference players, outfielder Lydia Monin (Buffalo, NY/Tapestry Charter School) and shortstop MacKenzie Kehlenbeck (Alabama, NY/Oakfield-Alabama).
Lydia had career highs in doubles (9), triples (2), walks (22) and runs (34) this season and led the team in walks and runs at the end of the regular season. Her two home runs are also career highs and the only two of her career. Monin's batting average (.320) was fifth on the team and she was fourth in the AMCC in runs.
One of her best games of the season came against Hilbert where she had two hits, two runs, two RBI, a double and a home run. Monin's 100th hit came against Mount Aloysius earlier this season. In that game, Lydia scored the game tying run and then hit a solo homer for her 100th career hit that turned out to be the go-ahead run, giving the Spartans the 2-1 victory.
Lydia is one of the best leadoff hitters in the conference and has a knack for getting on base with a hit or a walk and making her way around the bases to score. Last season she was named an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection and she has been a two-time AMCC Player of the Week. She was one of the best hitters in the AMCC Softball Championship Tournament this past weekend with seven hits, four runs and two RBI total, also being named to the AMCC All-Tournament Team.
Kehlenbeck has continued to be one of the best power hitters in the conference. At the end of the regular season she led the AMCC in home runs (7) and is was for sixth in RBI (28). She led the team in RBI, home runs and stolen bases (6). This postseason, she added a homer, two RBI and two runs to go along with exceptional defense. Her play earned her a spot on the AMCC All-Tournament Team.
MacKenzie has continued to average outstanding numbers and has put her name in the D'Youville record books. She is first all-time in home runs, triples, runs RBI and stolen bases while is second in hits and walks. Her power numbers surged once again this season, tying her highest home run total and second most RBI total.
In two games against Franciscan this season, Mackenzie combined for five hits, four runs, two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. Mackenzie has been an all-conference player her entire career. She has been named AMCC First Team All-Conference (2013), Second Team All-Conference (2015), Third Team All-Conference (2014) selections as well as the AMCC Newcomer of the Year (2013).
Another pair of veteran Spartans were named as all-conference performers, with senior first baseman Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and third baseman Hannah Turek (Depew, NY/Lancaster) both being named AMCC Second Team All-Conference selections.
DeVantier wrapped up her final D'Youville regular season this year with her name firmly entrenched in the record books. Lauren is the program's all-time leader in hits, doubles and at-bats while is second in RBI and total bases and third in home runs. She has shown her reliability over her career as she has started every game she has ever played.
This season, she once again showed her abilities at the plate, hitting over .320 for the fourth consecutive regular season. Her .324 batting average was fourth on the team, but she led the team in doubles (12), was tied for second in hits (37) and homers (3) and third in runs (20).
Lauren had nine multi-hit games this season and an eight-game hitting streak where she totaled 14 hits and 11 runs. In a big game one against Penn State-Altoona, she led her team to a win with three hits, a double, a run and two RBI. She had a monster game against Brockport earlier this season going 3 for 5 with six RBI, two runs and two home runs. She is a two time AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection (2014, 2015).
Turek became a major offensive leader for the Spartans this season and in turn, had a career season. She reached career highs in hits (40) and batting average (.340) in the regular season all while playing a new position at third base. Hannah had a six-game hitting streak this season where she recorded three hits in four of those games and 14 total. She also had a five game stretch where she scored two runs and drove in two runs in four of those games (10 runs and 11 RBI total).
Earlier in the beginning of conference play this season, Turek was top five in both average and RBI in the AMCC. She led the team in hits, was second on the Spartans in RBI (26) and average, tied for second in doubles (9) and tied for fourth in runs (19). She ranked tied for 10th in the AMCC in RBI and twelfth in hits.
In the opening conference doubleheader of the season against Penn State-Behrend, Hannah had a big game going 3 for 4 with three runs, two doubles, three RBI and a homer. She has been a clutch player who also served as the team's second pitcher and has batted in the cleanup spot every game. After playing outfield last season, Hannah moved to third due to injuries and has been stellar. She has been named AMCC Player of the Week once this season.
At the head of the Spartans is Head Coach Ona Halladay, who was named AMCC Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season. The team finished with a 15-3 conference record and won the regular season AMCC title in a tiebreaker with Penn State-Altoona and Penn State-Behrend.
D'Youville reached the AMCC Championship for the second consecutive season, showing the team's talent and consistency but also Coach Halladay's leadership abilities.