Ellis and Gibson are members of an ECCC team which finished runner up in the recent National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball National Championship. The second-place finish in the nation is the highest-ever for the Decatur college’s softball program. East Central finished the season with a 48-14 record.
Ellis, a freshman shortstop who prepped at Oak Hill Academy, hit .310 for East Central this spring, including 42 RBIs and a team-leading 61 runs scored.
Gibson, a freshman first baseman and a product of Oak Grove High School, batted .406 with 80 hits, including 24 doubles and 52 RBIs, all team bests. She also was named to the NJCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team.
Ellis and Gibson tied for the team lead in home runs with 11 each.