BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced their all-conference awards this week and two Tornado were selected. Kay Brokering garnered first team recognition while Casey Gilbert earned ECAC honorable mention honors.
Brokering was selected second team All-Conference Carolinas and D2CCA All-Region honors earlier this spring, and now she can add first team All-ECAC to that list.
The Shelbyville, Ind., native led Conference Carolinas for the second straight in runs batted in. The year she drove in 51 runs, breaking her own record that she set a season ago. Those 51 runs batted in also ranked sixth in the southeast region
Brokering led Conference Carolinas with 61 hits, which also ranked sixth in the southeast region. She also ripped 12 doubles and three triples, ranking her fourth in the league while her 11 home runs were second in the conference. Her 112 total bases led the league, and she was second in the conference with 24 walks.
She ended her season with a .389 batting average, ranking her fifth in Conference Carolinas while ranking second in on base percentage at .489 and third with a .713 slugging percentage. Brokering also scored 36 runs, ranking third in the conference. She led the Tornado with 18 multiple-hit games and 15 multiple-RBI games, including two with more than five runs batted in.
On March 2, she broke the school record with seven runs batted in, ripping two home runs against Lynn University. She later drove in six runs in a win over Mars Hill University. She is believed to be the first Tornado in program history to hit for the cycle, doing so on March 30 at Emmanuel College where she went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in.
Gilbert was a first team All-Conference Carolinas selection and earns honorable mention All-ECAC for the first time. She was an outstanding pitcher and leadoff hitter for the Tornado in her first year wearing the scarlet and navy.
She may have been most dominant in the circle, ranking sixth in the league with 12 wins and fourth with five shutouts. The Hendersonville, N.C., native posted 14 complete games this season, ranking her eighth in the league. Three of her shutouts game in 1-0 Tornado victories, and she posted a career-high seven strikeouts against Belmont Abbey.
Offensively, Gilbert ranked second in the league with 41 runs scored and second with 60 hits. She laced 11 doubles and four triples, ranking her sixth and second in the league, respectively. Gilbert ranked second among Tornado with 17 multiple-hit games and third with six multiple-RBI games. Her eight-game hitting streak was the second longest among Tornado.