BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to the start of the Conference Carolinas Softball Championship, the league held a banquet to announced their All-Conference Carolinas performers. Three Tornado were honored, led by first team All-Conference Carolinas selection Casey Gilbert.
Gilbert ranks in the league's top 10 offensively and in the circle, earning her first team all-conference accolades for the first time. She may have been most dominant in the circle, ranking sixth in the league with 11 wins and third with five shutouts. The Hendersonville, N.C., native posted 13 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 ranks second in the league with 38 runs scored and fourth with 54 hits. She laced 10 doubles and four triples, ranking her ninth and second in the league, respectively. Gilbert ranked second among Tornado with 15 multiple-hit games and third with six multiple-RBI games. Her eight-game hitting streak was the second longest among Tornado.
Kay Brokering earned all-conference honors for the third straight year, garnering second team honors this season. The Shelbyville, Ind., native leads Conference Carolinas with 48 runs batted in and 106 total bases. Her .394 batting average ranks fifth in the league while she ranks second with a .482 on base percentage and .746 slugging percentage. Brokering also ranks second in the conference with 56 hits and third with 34 runs scored and 11 doubles. Her 11 home runs are second in the league and her three triples rank her fourth.
Brokering leads King with 16 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games. She has posted two games with at least five runs batted in, including a school-record seven runs batted in against Lynn. She also drove in six runs in a win at Mars Hill. She had seven games with three hits and one where she went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in against Emmanuel. In that contest she hit for the cycle and scored two runs.
Katelyn Davidson earns second team All-Conference Carolinas honors for the first time in her career as the catcher had a solid senior campaign. Davidson hit for power, ranking sixth in the league with six home runs. The Morristown, Tenn., native also showed a good eye at the plate, leading the league with 24 walks. She owns a batting average of .256, on base percentage of .390 and slugging percentage of .456.
Davidson posted six multiple-hit games and she drove in three runs in a game twice. Three of her seven doubles on the season game in game two at Lincoln Memorial University where she went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Three of her home runs came in a four-game stretch where she also drove in three runs in two games. Davidson also led King with five stolen bases in six attempts.
The Tornado are the second seed in the Conference Carolinas Softball Championship and are scheduled to open play on Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Burlington, N.C.