Clarksville, Ark.-Caleb Hilton and Anthony Brandon earned a spot on the list of the 2004 baseball American Southwest Conference East division postseason award winners selected by the league coaches and announced today by ASC media relations director Amy Carlton.
Hilton, a junior outfielder from Clarksville, was named to the ASC All-East division second team. The 5-10, 185-pound right-handed hitter tied for second on the team in batting (.340), hits (36), home runs (3) and runs (23). Hilton ended the year with a .472 slugging percentage and collected 50 total bases. He had ten multiple-hit games this season while starting in 30 games for the Eagles. Hilton’s best game of the year came against Lyon College when he went 3-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. Two of his three hits were doubles. Hilton made several spectacular catches in the outfield during the season, including a pair of run-saving snags against the Scots. Brandon, a sophomore third baseman/designated hitter from Rogers, earned ASC All-East division honorable mention. The 6-0, 220-pound right-handed hitter led the team in numerous offensive categories, including batting (.383), hits (51), RBI (32), doubles (7), total bases (67) and slugging percentage (.504). His .383 batting average placed him eighth in the conference in that category while his 51 hits were good enough for tenth in the league. He had 15 multiple-hit games this season. Brandon’s season proved to be a record-setting year as he now owns Ozarks’ single-season hit record and tied the single-season RBI record. He ended the year riding a school-record 21-game hit streak. Brandon’s best performance of the year came against East Texas Baptist when he went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. "They both had good seasons," said head coach Jimmy Clark. "Caleb had a solid season at the plate. He became our leadoff hitter and scored some runs for us. He did a good job in the outfield, too. Defensively, he is probably as good as anyone in the conference. In our 37 games, Anthony had hits in 35 of those and had a 21-game hit streak to finish out the season. He was consistent throughout the year. I look for him in the next couple of years to be in the running for all-conference honors."