Kevin Thomas Gilbert, 18, a resident of Whitehouse Station, N.J., died on March 12, 2011, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital from severe brain trauma resulting from an automobile accident. Kevin was a wonderful person and an outstanding athlete. He loved snowboarding and basketball, but his passion was baseball and played on several championship baseball teams. He first played with the Readington Raiders travel baseball team from 8 years to 14 years of age, where he began his outstanding start as an outfielder. They proceeded to win five state championship titles, two regional titles, and at age 13 they went onto to the Babe Ruth World Series. The Readington Raiders were the only team to date to win the Readington tournament all seven seasons. In eighth grade, the Readington Vikings had an undefeated season, going 19-0. This was the first time in RMS history. Kevin also received the prestigious Andrew Levendis Award. He then began playing with the Jack Cust Baseball Academy, playing on Gold and then the N.J. Super 17 and N.J. Super 18 teams, which won many championships. In 2010, they were 17-0, winning the N.J. Super 17/18 Fall Invitational, 18U Northeast Elite Blue Chip Prospects and the Diamond Nation Wood Bat Championship. Kevin's dream was to play baseball and was being watched by pro scouts. He was asked to an invitation only work out with the Houston Astros. Kevin at the time of his death was a senior honor student at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J. Kevin played on the varsity baseball team his sophomore and junior years. They won the 2009 NJSIAA Group IV State Championship, Hunterdon/Warren County Tournament and the Skyland Conference. In 2010, they won the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tri County Championship. Upon graduation from high school, Kevin was going to attend Temple University on a baseball and academic scholarship. Kevin was a wonderful son, brother and friend. He is missed deeply by everyone who knew him.
Each year we will honor and remember Kevin by awarding the Championship/Consolation Game Hustle Award in his memory to a member of each participating team.