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D’Aundray Van Slyke receives honors for baseball prowess

Nik Gugelman, Sports Editor

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Recently D’Aundray Van Slyke was named player of the week. Van Slyke, who attends St. Andrews University, plays baseball for the Knights in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. St. Andrews University is located in North Carolina. However Van Slyke got his start in baseball at Pierce College. This is the first weekly award he has been honored with. Van Slyke is a senior who plays both pitcher and outfielder. But the honor had much more to do with his hitting and pitching than his outfield expertise. He finished his week off with eight total hits and six RBI’s, which included a game winner against opposing Milligan in the third game. In the same contest he also pitched three scoreless innings. He put one out in the stands with a home run shot that capped off a great week for the senior. Van Slyke leads the Knights with a batting average of .380, 6 home runs, 12 doubles, and 83 total bases. He is second in RBI’s with 35 and hits with 49. He leads his team in ERA as well, and to top it off he has two wins and 31 strikeouts and three saves in 20 total innings. D’Aundray’s favorite quote tells it all, “He who is not courageous to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” –Muhammed Ali. He is definitely doing a lot of courageous things with the Knights and it looks as though the accomplishments are paying off for the baseball player from Washington.