PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hunter Spear, Sr., Cooper
Spear called his senior season a “dream come true” after hitting .444 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs (second-most in the state), while leading Cooper to 30 wins, an undefeated district season and a trip to the regional semifinals. Spear was selected to play in the THSBCA all-star game at the end of the season. He will continue his career at Texas Western College.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Nolan Savage, Sr., Cooper
Savage was the ace of the Pirates staff and often pitched like one. He finished the year with a 9-2 record and 2.06 ERA. He had a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, finishing the season with 103 punch outs. Savage will join Spear at Texas Western next season.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Terry Baxter, Cooper
Baxter guided the Pirates to the regional semifinals for the second straight season. Cooper finished 10-0 in challenging District 2-3A — 30-5 overall — which included a pair of regional quarterfinal teams in Estacado and Levelland. Cooper finished sixth in the final 3Abaseball.com Top 25 poll.
Austin Builtron, Sr., Estacado
The left-hander worked through a torn a labrum to be a dominating presence on the mound of the Matadors, who reached the regional quarterfinals a year after missing the playoffs entirely. Builtron posted a 6-0 record and a 1.80 ERA. He also batted .308 as Estacado’s leadoff hitter.
Hunter Cox, Sr., Snyder
Cox was a dominant presence on the mound and at the plate for the Tigers. The right-hander went 6-5 with a 2.00 ERA, recording 110 strikeouts against 23 walks in 77 innings of work. He also hit .442 with seven doubles, two triples and 19 RBIs.
Scotland Church, Jr., Cooper
Opposing lineups didn’t get a rest after Savage, because Church was just as imposing. The right-hander recorded a microscopic 0.91 ERA, the ninth lowest in the state among Class 3A teams. Church also hit .445 with five home runs and 32 RBIs.
K.J. Hurn, Sr., Levelland
Hurn was superb defensively for Levelland, but his biggest contributions came at the plate. Hurn hit .490 with 13 doubles, three home runs and 43 RBIs and was a first-team all-state selection by the THSBCA.
Matthew Flores, Jr., Estacado
Flores was a consistent force at the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the Matadors. He hit .431 with 18 extra-base hits and a 1.080 OPS. He was also stout on the mound, posting a 2.77 ERA in 53 innings.
Quentin Johnson, Jr., Estacado
Johnson displayed an impressive combination of speed and power for the Matadors. He hit .496 with eight triples and four home runs, 43 RBIs and a 1.267 OPS. Johnson also stole 17 bases and scored a team-high 41 runs.
David Cruz, Sr., Estacado
Cruz was solid at the corner all season for the Matadors, coming up with a number of clutch hits during the team’s playoff run, which ended one game shy of the regional semifinals. Cruz hit .303 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBIs.
Caleb Koedyker, Sr., Seminole
The multi-sport star had a brilliant senior season on the diamond as he helped lead the Indians to a district championship and a berth in the bi-district round of the playoffs. He hit .476 with 33 RBIs. Koedyker, a first-team all-state selection, will play at Midland College next season.
Ryan Moseley, Jr., Cooper
Moseley solidified the bottom half of the Cooper order by hitting a team-high .457 to go along with a home run, 20 RBIs and a .519 on-base percentage. Moseley earned first-team all-state honors for his performance.
Raylee Suarez, Sr., Seminole
Suarez was a tough out at the plate for opposing pitchers. His .515 batting average was the 11th best among all Class 3A players, and his speed in the outfield often kept runs off the board for the opposition. Suarez was a first-team all-state selection.
Tony Reyes, Sr., Levelland
Reyes was a dynamic threat at the plate, where he hit .439 with 14 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 39 RBIs. He was also a workhorse on the mound with an 8-1 record and a 3.39 ERA. Reyes, who was selected to play in the THSBCA all-star game at the end of the season, will play at Midland College.
Adam Taylor, Sr., Cooper
A year after playing shortstop for Cooper, Taylor made a seamless transition to the key center field position. In addition to playing stout defense, Taylor hit .416 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 27 RBIs. Taylor will play football and baseball at Wayland Baptist next season.
Tyler Sturdivant, Jr., Shallowater
Sturdivant seemed to always be on second base this season, as he belted a team-high 18 doubles. The pitcher/shortstop finished the season hitting .494. He also posted a 3.21 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings on the mound.
Brenon Rhodes, Jr., Snyder
Rhodes played second base and shortstop for the Tigers and hit no matter where he played. Rhodes’ .469 average was among the top 50 in the state, and he drove in a team-high 34 runs.
Pitchers: Jonathan Garcia, Jr., Estacado; Robbie Rinehart, Sr., Snyder; Justin Waddell, Sr., Levelland
Catcher: Victor Gomez, Sr., Estacado
First Base: Zach Hobbs, Sr., Shallowater
Second Base: John Chandler Keane, Sr., Cooper
Shortstop: Jarod Adams, Sr., Seminole
Third Base: Tim Prado, Jr., Levelland
Outfielders: Tyler Parr, So., Cooper; Cody Berryman, So., Shallowater; Stephen Jo Garcia, Sr., Estacado
Utility: Chandler Patterson, Jr., Cooper; Brody Alexander, Jr., Lamesa