August 23, 2021
Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Corvallis Knights infielder Kiko Romero (Central Arizona) and Knights left-hander Ethan Ross (San Jose State).
Both Ross and Romero played crucial roles in helping the Knights capture their fifth straight WCL title, as Corvallis extended their streak with Saturday’s 13-2 WCL Championship Series-deciding Game 3 victory over the Yakima Valley Pippins at Goss Stadium.
This marks the second straight Player of the Week laurels for Romero. In the Knights’ five postseason games, the rising sophomore went 10 for 22 with two home runs, three triples, and 10 RBI. As a freshman last spring at Central Arizona, Romero played in 59 games with a .322 batting average.
Meanwhile, it’s Ross’s second Pitcher of the Week selection, as he also earned the honor back in June. This time around, the southpaw was the winning pitching in the winner-take-all victory over Yakima Valley. He won both his playoff starts, allowing just one run in 10 innings, with 12 strikeouts. After pitching last spring at Washington State, Ross is slated to continue his college career this fall as a sophomore at San Jose State.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic ballparks and dramatic scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also in 2019, 317 WCL alumni were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues, while overall attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million fans.