The Western Athletic Conference announced the 2022 baseball awards on Tuesday, and two Texans took home some hardware.
London Green and Kemuel-Thomas Rivera both landed on the All-WAC Second Team, with Green also finding himself on the All-Defensive Team as an outfielder.
The two Texans were the first in the team’s NCAA Division I era to earn First or Second Team awards for baseball. There were seven Texans who received honorable mention awards last season.
The awards are voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches.
Green, a senior, was named to the All-WAC Second team as an at-large selection. He started 52 of 53 games that Tarleton played this season and led the team in hits (65), home runs (17), RBI (54) and slugging percentage (.617). The 17 home runs were tied for second most in the WAC. They are also tied with Blake Adams for second most in a single season in Tarleton history (modern era). Green’s 21 career home runs rank 10th best in Tarleton history (modern era).
On the season, Green had a hit in 25 of 30 conference games played to go with 17 multi-hit games and five multi-home run games. He was also one of 10 players on the All-Defensive Team. He started 51 of 52 games played in right field and totaled 98 putouts. His arm was lethal in the outfield and he showed it with six fielding assists.
Thomas-Rivera, another senior, was placed on the All-WAC Second Team as a second baseman. The Carolina, Puerto Rico, native turned his game up to another level in WAC play. He ranked sixth with a .398 average in conference play and sixth with a .473 on-base percentage. He led the team with a .357 batting average and .442 on-base percentage overall. Thomas-Rivera totaled 60 hits, nine home runs and 37 RBI.
His versatility was on display all season as he played second base, shortstop, third base and left field. The graduate senior’s academic prowess earned him more recognition as he was named to CoSIDA’s All-District Academic team with a 4.00 GPA.
The full list of WAC awards can be found below.
Player of the Year: Carlos Contreras, Jr., OF, Sam Houston
Pitcher of the Year: Daniel Avitia, Fr., RHP, Grand Canyon
Defensive Player of the Year: Harrison Spohn, Sr., 2B, California Baptist
Freshman of the Year: Daniel Avitia, RHP, Grand Canyon
Coach of the Year: Andy Stankiewicz, Grand Canyon
2022 First Team All-WAC
Catcher: David Martin, So., California Baptist
First Base: Logan Gallina, So., NM State
Second Base: Harrison Spohn, Sr., California Baptist
Third Base: Juan Colato, R-Sr., Grand Canyon
Shortstop: Jacob Wilson, So., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Tayler Aguilar, Jr., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Chad Castillo, Jr., California Baptist
Outfield: Carlos Contreras, Jr., Sam Houston
DH/Utility: Parker Schmidt, So., Dixie State
At-Large: Tyler Wilson, So., C, Grand Canyon
Starting Pitcher: Daniel Avitia, Fr., Grand Canyon
Starting Pitcher: Kevin Stevens, R-Sr, UT Rio Grande Valley
Relief Pitcher: Jack Dallas, Sr., Lamar
At-Large: Vince Reilly, Jr., RHP, Grand Canyon
2022 Second Team All-WAC
Catcher: Kaden Hollow, So., Dixie State
First Base: Justin Wishkoski, So., Sam Houston
Second Base: Kemuel Thomas-Rivera, Gr., Tarleton
Third Base: Mitchel Simon, So., California Baptist
Shortstop: Bash Randle, So., Abilene Christian
Outfield: Brett Cain, Gr., UT Rio Grande Valley
Outfield: Matthew McDonald, Sr., Lamar
Outfield: Brandon Pimentel, Jr., UT Rio Grande Valley
DH/Utility: Russell Stevenson, Sr., California Baptist
At-Large: London Green, Sr., OF, Tarleton
Starting Pitcher: CJ Culpepper, So., California Baptist
Starting Pitcher: Adam Wheaton, Sr., Lamar
Relief Pitcher: Lance Lusk, Sr., Sam Houston
At-Large: Nick Hull, Gr., RHP, Grand Canyon
2022 All-Defensive Team
Kirkland Banks, Jr., IF, Lamar
Logan Gallina, So., 1B, NM State
London Green, Sr., OF, Tarleton
Walker Janek, Fr., UT, Sam Houston
Chase Kemp, Sr., IF, Lamar
Isaac Lopez, R-Fr., IF, UT Rio Grande Valley
Bash Randle, So., SS, Abilene Christian
Harrison Spohn, Sr., IF, California Baptist
Jacob Wilson, So., SS, Grand Canyon
Cade Verdusco, So., OF, Grand Canyon