The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are Ventura College infielder John Oleson of the Cowlitz Black Bears and University of Antelope Valley pitcher Colby Ring of the Kamloops NorthPaws for the week of May 30-June 5.
This summer’s first position player pick was John Oleson, who went a blistering 11-for-12 on the road in the opening series of the season against the Springfield Drifters. Oleson had a 4-for-4 game at the plate with four runs batted in to help lead the Black Bears to the 8-7 victory on Sunday in the deciding game of series.
The slugger from Portland hit .368 in 40 games for Ventura College and received First Team All-Western State Conference honors this spring.
The inaugural pitching selection for 2022 is Colby Ring of Kamloops. The British Columbia native from Langley tossed six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in the 1-0 win over the Edmonton Riverhawks on Thursday. The expansion NorthPaws are off to a hot start with a 4-1 record to begin their first campaign.
In the spring the southpaw went 2-0 in 15 appearances, which included throwing the first no-hitter in program history for the University of Antelope Valley.
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 and state-of-the-art ballparks, all backdropped by 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, and the 2021 draft included 42 WCL alumni, including 4 of the first 63 picks.