WHAC AWARDS | LIVONIA, Mich. – On Sunday the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference released the 2017 postseason awards and Madonna University first basemen Taylor Grzelakowski (SR/Fraser, Mich.) was named Player of the Year.
Grzelakowski was also named to the All-Conference First-Team after he hit .426 with 75 hits, 16 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs. He drove in 60 runs and scored 59 with a .538 on-base percentage and a .756 slugging percentage. His average was third in the WHAC and 20th in the NAIA while his slugging and on-base percentages led the league.
The Fraser, Michigan native posted the second best batting average in a single season behind Aaron Shrewsbury's .455 mark set back in 1997. His slugging percentage is fifth in a season and his OBP is third best. Grzelakowski was also a handful on the bases as he went 20-for-22 on the year.
Grzelakowski is the fifth Crusader to win the honor and first since Jeff Bultinck did so back in 2011.
Jalen Thomas (SO/Southfield, Mich.) also earned recognition from the conference coaches as one of the top defensive outfielders this season. The Southfield, Michigan native was named to the Gold Glove team after committing just three errors in 158 chances with four double plays turned. He is the 23rd Crusader to earn the Gold Glove honor.
The conference also announced the 2017 All-Academic team and 14 Crusaders earned the honor after maintaining at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and having achieved at least junior academic standing. Only Indiana Tech, who had 16, had more honored.
The Blue and Gold student-athletes who made the cut are Grzelakowski, Alex DeYonker (SR/Livonia, Mich.), Marcus Doughten (JR/Taylor, Mich.), Ryan Freemantle (SR/Mississauga, Ontario), Todd Jones (JR/Monroe, Mich.), Michael Kanitra (JR/Livonia, Mich.), Ryan Lambrecht (SR/Lake Orion, Mich.), Cliff Landess (JR/Carleton, Mich. ), Cole Rize (SO/Dexter, Mich.), Kohl Roberts (JR/Jackson, Mich.), Johno Rodriguez (SR/Sterling Heights, Mich.), Zack Schmidtke (SR/Dearborn Heights, Mich.), Mitchel Sykes (JR/Livonia, Mich.) and Taylor Turner (JR/Northville, Mich.).
Lambrecht was named the team's Champion of Character as the player that best exemplifies the five core character values of the NAIA which are respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
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