Brazos Valley Bombers’ first baseman Chase Kemp was named the Texas Collegiate League player of the year Tuesday. The Lamar player batted .338 with 11 doubles, four homers and 29 runs batted in to lead the Bombers to the league title.
The Bombers’ Hunter Dobbins was co-freshman of the year along with Texarkana pitcher Braydon Credeur. Dobbins, who is playing at Texas Tech, had a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings, striking out 25. Dobbins retired the only eight batters he faced in the team’s 8-2 victory over Texarkana in the championship game. Dobbins also had 11 RBIs in 51 at-bats.
Other Bombers (37-16) on the All-TCL team were designated hitter Bryant Shellenbarger, catcher/first baseman Hunter Coleman, outfielder Cole Coker, and pitchers Henry Bird and Dontae Woodard. Akron’s Shellenbarger batted .302 with 36 RBIs and 17 extra base hits. Texas A&M’s Coleman had three homers, 12 RBIs and scored 22 runs. Lamar’s Coker batted .319 with 23 RBIs, a league-leading 14 doubles and 19 stolen bases. Right-hander Bird, from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, had a 2.96 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. Left-handed Woodard, from Texas State, had a 2.37 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 38 innings.
The Bombers’ Brian Nelson, a former player, was the TCL coach of the year as the Bombers won their sixth title in seven years.