Clarksville, Ark.--Anthony Brandon, Caleb Hilton and Jedd Kirby were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA III All-West Region team, announced on Monday afternoon by regional coordinator Mike Rizzo.
Brandon earned a spot on the All-West second team while Hilton and Kirby were named to the All-West third team. Brandon, a junior designated hitter from Rogers, finished second on the team in batting (.404), RBI (37), total bases (85) and tied for second in on-base percentage (.455). The 5-11, 220-pounder also tied for second in home runs (6) and is now the co-owner of the new school single-season hit record with 59. Brandon, who earned American Southwest Conference All-East Division second team honors in 2005, led the team with six three-hit games and 19 multiple-hit games during the season. His best performance of the year came against Brescia College on February 11 when he went 4-for-4 with six RBI and a home run. Hilton, a junior outfielder/catcher from Clarksville, tied for fifth in the conference in home runs (11) while finishing sixth in runs (48) and total bases (104). The 5-10, 185-pounder led the team and set new single-season school records in home runs, runs, total bases, RBI (39), triples (3) and at-bats (165). Hilton, who was an ASC All-East Division honorable mention pick in 2005, also now owns the school career home run record (14). He ranked second on the team in stolen bases (12) and hits (57) and had 17 multiple-hit games. He hit for the cycle and had six RBI against Central Baptist College on March 1. Kirby, a left-handed junior pitcher from Heavener, Oklahoma, led the conference in innings pitched (83.2), tied for second in wins (8) and finished fourth in ERA (2.90). Kirby, who went 8-3 on the mound with 44 strikeouts, started in 12 games and recorded one shutout. The 5-10, 190-pounder led the team in all the aforementioned pitching categories and set the new single-season school record in wins and ERA. Kirby’s best pitching performance of the season came against UT-Tyler on April 8 when he shutout the visitors 1-0 and recorded seven strikeouts. Kirby was named to the ASC All-East Division Second team in 2005.