Softball Senior Class Leaves Program With the Bar Set High

Softball Senior Class Leaves Program With the Bar Set High

Buffalo, NY – After concluding their outstanding careers in the AMCC Championship Game this season, four D'Youville softball seniors leave the program with several records in hand.

In the circle, there has been no one better to wear the red and black than pitcher Kalie McHenry (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home). McHenry concluded her career with her third consecutive AMCC Pitcher of the Year award and fourth consecutive AMCC First Team All-Conference selection.

McHenry leaves with every major record in program history. She entered the season atop the record books in wins, shutouts, innings pitched and complete games. This season she put those records out of reach by totaling 65 wins, 17 shutouts, 691.1 innings pitched and 95 complete games. Kalie then set new records in appearances (107), games started (98) and strikeouts (622) throughout this past season.

Over her four year career, Kalie has an ERA of 1.62 with her lowest coming in 2015 (1.01). She set career highs in games started (32), wins (23), complete games (32), innings pitched (229.1) and strikeouts (203) all this season. At the plate, McHenry had career highs in hits (39), doubles (6), triples (4), RBI (22), walks (20) and batting average (.371). She is ninth all-time in hits (79), tied for third in triples (6), tied for tenth in RBI (42) and seventh in total bases (117).

Behind McHenry were three of the best hitters the Spartans have even seen in first baseman Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield), shortstop MacKenzie Kehlenbeck (Alabama, NY/Oakfield-Alabama) and outfielder Lydia Monin (Buffalo, NY/Tapestry Charter School).

DeVantier came into the season as the hit leader in program history. Her senior season did nothing but make her lead larger. Lauren had 43 hits this season, the most of her career, and sits at the top of the hit leaders with 156. Her season of career highs helped move her up the list in several other offensive categories. She is First in doubles (30), second in RBI (71), second in total bases (210), third in home runs (6) and sixth in walks (38) all-time. Lauren is also the only player in school history to start every game she has played, playing in 134 games. She is first all-time in both games played and started.

Lauren saved some of her best offense for her last season. She it career highs in runs (20), hits (43), doubles (13) and home runs (3). Over her career, DeVantier never had more than 15 strikeouts in a season and never hit below a .324 batting average with a career .352 average. She has had at least 14 runs, 14 RBI and 34 hits in each of her four seasons. In 2014 and 2015, Lauren was named an AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection. Following a strong 2016 campaign, DeVantier was selected as an AMCC Second Team All-Conference player.

Often supporting DeVantier in the lineup was one of the most complete bats in program history in MacKenzie Kehlenbeck. The shortstop leads all D'Youville players in runs (107), home runs (26), stolen bases (37), triples (11), total bases (264) and RBI (106). She is second in hits (137), walks (51), doubles (27) and games played (131). Her ability to combine power with base running and hitting for average is nothing like any other player in school history.

As a freshman, Kehlenbeck took the conference by storm. She had career highs in runs (38), hits (45), triples (5) walks (15), stolen bases (12) and batting average (.429). She was named an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection and the AMCC Newcomer of the Year. This year, she hit career highs in RBI (30) and home runs (8). Over her career, she has hit for .344 and has been outstanding in filling the stat sheet. In every year of her career, she has had at least 11 walks, 23 RBI, five home runs, six stolen bases, four doubles, 21 runs and 26 hits. She finished up her career after being named an AMCC First Team All-Conference player. In 2014 she was an AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection and an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection in 2015.

Setting the table for the last two seasons has been one of the most consistent hitters in the softball program history, Lydia Monin. After a freshman season where she had only one at-bat, Lydia has racked up the hits and runs over the last three seasons. Monin is first all-time in walks (61), second in runs (83), third in hits (107) and fourth in total bases (140). Her ability to not only get on base (.448 career OBP) but score runs has allowed Lydia to set the table for her teammates and give them opportunities for success.

Lydia had back-to-back outstanding season her junior and senior seasons. She set career highs in runs (38), doubles (11), triples (2), walks (24) and home runs (2) this season while setting career highs in hits (44) last season. She had 22 RBI each season and a career high .404 batting average in 2015. She has a .338 career batting average in 317 at-bats. Last season, Lydia was an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection. This season, she was an AMCC First Team All-Conference Selection.