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NJCAA Honors Spartans’ Dolan, Gaudet

Kevin Dolan, left, and Alex Gaudet both earned NJCAA Gold Glove awards for their 2024 seasons.
Kevin Dolan, left, and Alex Gaudet both earned NJCAA Gold Glove awards for their 2024 seasons.

Two key infielders for Cayuga Community College Baseball were named national Gold Glove recipients after finishing the 2024 season with outstanding fielding percentages.

Third baseman Kevin Dolan, of Auburn, and second baseman Alex Gaudet, of Oakville, Ontario, were among the nine recipients of the National Junior College Athletic Association DIII ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, announced earlier this month by the NJCAA. The Spartans were the only team to have two players receive Gold Gloves.

Dolan and Gaudet were two of the top fielders on the 2024 Spartans, who led NJCAA Division III with a team fielding percentage of .974, one of the best marks since the stat's inception with the NJCAA in 2009.

Cayuga Coach John Rizzo said the Spartans pride themselves on defense, and that Dolan and Gaudet "bought into our daily progressions and defensive work, and quickly excelled."

"What stood out was the consistency in their preparation. Not only defensively but in all the minute details of the game," said Rizzo. "They worked on every aspect of the game that helped the team win. They are tough and they are winners, the highest compliments on the field."

Dolan, a freshman, committed only two errors while playing all 39 games for the Spartans. He finished the season with a fielding percentage of .981 while also batting .333. He was also among the team leaders with an on-base percentage of .465.

"Thank you for this honorable recognition. I couldn't have earned this without my teammates, who showed up every day with the intention to learn, work hard, and get better," said Dolan.

Gaudet, a sophomore and two-year starter for Cayuga, played in 33 games this season, committing only two errors and ending the season with a .983 fielding percentage. At the plate he batted .320 with a .410 on-base percentage.

"Defense is something I've worked hard on improving throughout my career, especially at the college level, and to win a Gold Glove means a lot to me," said Gaudet. "I've made a lot of progress over my two years at Cayuga, and I wouldn't have been able to achieve this without the help of Coach Rizzo, Marc DelPiano and the rest of the coaching staff."

The Spartans went 24-15 on the season, finishing second in the Mid-State Athletic Conference and Region III's East Division.