Monday, Commissioner Rob Neyer announced that the West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week are Bend Elks outfielder Sam Linscott (Lewis-Clark State) and Cowlitz Black Bears left-hander Micky Thompson (San Jose State).
It’s the second honor this year for Linscott, who was also Player of the Week on June 23. The LCSC senior-to-be powered Bend to six straight wins last week, going 10 for 19 with eight runs batted in. Thanks to the Elks’ hot stretch, they’re now tied for the South’s second playoff spot, with only three games left in the regular season. This spring with the Lewis-Clark State Warriors, Linscott hit .295 in 36 games.
Thompson delivered an impressive outing on the road Wednesday, earning the win in Cowlitz’s victory over the Ridgefield Raptors. The Portland native allowed only two hits and one run with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Black Bears, too, have fought their way into the playoff picture, and enter this week just one game behind the other three contenders.
The southpaw Thompson, set to continue his college career at San Jose State in 2022, appeared in six games with Washington State as a sophomore this spring.
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.