The NCAA recently announced its statistical champions for 2017 in softball and named Kentucky State University sophomore shortstop Jittuan Thompson and junior second baseman Brittney Gately as receipts of individual accomplishments.
Thompson a native of Pomona, California lead all of NCAA DII in runs batted in per game at 1.42 hitting in the number three spot of the Thorobreds lineup. Gately may have helped with Thompson’s statistical success as the resident of Spokane, Washington batted a spot above her infield counterpart, and lead DII in walks per game at 1.03. Not mentioned by the NCAA but worth noting is the No. 2 spot in the walks per game category was junior outfielder Alysha Sakamura, as she also recorded 1.03 walks per game. Due to the amount of games played and walks ratio, she was slotted at number two, giving the Thorobrettess the top two spots in the walks category, setting the table for Thompson.
In 2017, Thompson shined as the most potent threat in the KSU lineup. She led the team in batting average (.393), runs batted in (45), total bases (60), doubles (9), and tied in home runs (3). On top of her solid offense numbers, Thompson started 35 of 37 games for KSU, while only striking out nine times and didn’t ground into a single, double play.
Gately proved to be consistent as she led the team in on base percentage at .491, and second on the team in walks with 32. She also solidified herself as one of the top defensive second basemen in the SIAC, posting a fielding percentage of .988, and didn’t commit an error till the final game of the conference tournament.