ECU's Hankins Leads 2019 All-GAC Softball Honors


BENTONVILLE, ARK. – East Central University softball senior Sable Hankins was the highlight of the Tigers 2019 All-Great American Conference honors, earning GAC Newcomer of the Year and All-GAC First Team honors. Hankins was joined by sophomore Tarah Hilton and junior Kaytlyn Kizarr on the All-GAC honorable mention team.

The Tigers also saw seniors Breecia Crawford and Mariah Ewy named GAC Elite Scholars, with the best GPA of all student-athletes participating in the tournament with at least 70 hours completed. Senior Ellanee Allison and junior Caitlin Kneblik were also named All-GAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, with at least a 3.77 GPA and 70 hours completed that participate in the tournament.

While only spending one season in an orange and black uniform, Hankins has made her mark with the Tigers. The two-time GAC Player of the Week has already earned a spot on six ECU Individual Single Season top-10 lists and has a spot on two ECU Individual Career top-10 lists.

In 2019 the Moore, Okla., native has started in 49 of the Tigers 50 games, recording a .408 batting average. She adds 55 runs, 60 hits, 12 doubles, 15 home runs, 49 RBIs, .796 slugging percentage, 38 walks drawn, been hit by three pitches, three sacrifice flies, two sacrifice bunts, 26 putouts and 95 assisted outs.

Hilton stepped up her performance for the 2019 season, splitting her time between catcher and designated player. The two-time GAC Player of the Week has played in 39 games, starting in 37 and has a .408 batting average and a .967 fielding percentage. The Haslet, Texas, native has tallied 23 runs, 49 hits, 12 doubles, seven home runs, 47 RBIs, 20 walks drawn, 74 putouts and 14 assisted outs.

She is also earned a spot on five ECU Individual Single Season top-10 lists and is close to a spot on two more. After two seasons she is also closing in on the top-10 career list for RBIs (71).

Kizarr has been a key member of the outfield, earning a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this season, with 62 putouts, five assisted outs and has been a part of two double plays. In her 48 games, she has garnered a .371 batting average, 21 runs, 43 hits, six doubles, two triples, six RBIs, 12 walks, six sacrifice bunts and she is 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts.

Crawford and Ewy both have 4.0 GPAs, with Crawford earning the honor for the third-straight season and Ewy for the second. Allison and Kneblik both claim their first GAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors, Allison with a 3.75 GPA and Kneblik with a 3.91 GPA.

The Tigers will now get ready for the opening round of the 2019 GAC Championship tournament, facing arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State, Friday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bentonville High School Tiger Athletic Complex.


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