January 29, 2023

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Kiko Romero

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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 Bellingham Bells right-hander Trevin Hope (Lewis-Clark State).

Romero and the Knights are heading to the West Coast League Championship Series after sweeping the Ridgefield Raptors in the Divisional Round. The rising sophomore powered Corvallis to the Game 1 win, hitting a grand slam and a triple while driving in five runs. As a freshman this spring he played in 59 games with a .322 batting average for Central Arizona.

Hope earned the win in Bellingham’s Game 1 victory over the Yakima Valley Pippins in the North’s Divisional Series. The junior-to-be allowed just one hit with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings. The Bells and Pippins are set to clash tonight in the deciding game of the series to see who will advance to face Corvallis in the WCLCS.

This spring with Bellevue College he went 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA. Hope is set to continue his college career with Lewis-Clark State in 2022.

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.

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