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Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson
7/24/2012

Cape League Reasserts Summer Dominance
With Three Teams at Top of Rankings

     
It’s apparent that the New England Collegiate League’s top two teams couldn’t stand the prosperity of being ranked at the top of the nation’s summer-college league rankings.

     
The Newport Gulls and Keene SwampBats ascended to the Nos. 1-2 positions a week ago in Perfect Game’s ranking of the top 30 clubs, and figured to settle things on the field by playing a two-game, home-and-home showdown series the next two nights. But by splitting those two contests, neither club was able to gain a clear advantage on the other and both have since fallen from grace with a rough week in NECBL competition.

     
Newport (24-9) lost three of five games last week, including a 20-8 bashing at the hands of the SwampBats, while Keene (23-11) failed to capitalize on that one-sided win by losing 13-7 to the Gulls a night later and dropping their next four contests. The week’s results bumped Newport from No. 1 to No. 7 in PG’s latest summer-league rankings, while previous No. 2 Keene slipped all the way to No. 13.

      
The disappointing week by both NECBL clubs opened the door for the Cape Cod League’s Harwich Mariners (20-12) to return to the No. 1 position. The Mariners had occupied the top spot every week since the outset of the 2012 summer season before dropping four games in a row in mid-July and slipping to No. 4 a week ago. They still hold down the best record on the Cape, acknowledged as the nation’s premier summer college league.

     
Not only did Harwich, the defending Cape Cod League champion, reassert its position atop the national rankings, but the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and Cotuit Kettleers continue their march up the charts and are ranked No. 2 and No. 3—making for a clean sweep among Cape Cod teams in the top three positions. Y-D (19-13) remains a game behind Harwich in the Cape’s Eastern Division, while Cotuit (19-12) has opened a sizeable lead in the West.

     
Teams are ranked on the following criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league. To receive consideration, teams must have at least a .500 record overall.

 
 
Rank
Team
St
League
Record
1
Harwich Mariners
MA
Cape Cod League
20-12

Mariners host Cape all-star game on Saturday, will be represented by Samford OF Phil Ervin (.346-10-26), league HR leader; Stanford OF Austin Wilson (312-6-20), Missouri State RHP Grant Gordon (1-0, 0.50, 18 IP, 4 BB/26 SO)

2
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
MA
Cape Cod League
19-13

Marshall RHP Aaron Blair (6-0, 1.27, 35 IP/40 SO) will start for East in Cape all-star game; lineup augmented by five other Y-D starters, including Washington DH Robert Pehl (.381-4-31) and Indiana OF Sam Travis (.330-3-28)

3
Cotuit Kettleers
Sel
Cape Cod League
19-12

Kettleers have opened big lead in Cape's West Division on strength of arms like Vanderbilt LHP Kevin Ziomek (3-0, 1.27, 28 IP, 6 BB/36 SO) and Notre Dame RHP Dan Slania (1-0, 2.02, 4 SV), bat of Michigan OF Pat Biondi (.414-0-12)

4
Amsterdam Mohawks
NY
Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
30-10

Kentucky RHP Chandler Shepherd (6-0, 1.12), league's wins/ERA leader; Auburn RHP Rocky McCord (4-0, 1.34), New Jeresy Tech RHP Mark Leiter (3-0, 1.08) will play for host Mohawks in tonight's PGCBL all-star game

5
Edenton Steamers
NC
Coastal Plain League
31-13

Morehead State RHP Matt Duncan (6-1, 1.71) has emerged as Steamers' top starter, Norfolk State RHP Jordan Egan (2-2, 1.85, league-high 15 SV) as bullpen ace; Washington OF Michael Camporeale (.346-8-33) is team's big bat

6
Mankato MoonDogs
MN
Northwoods League
38-15

MoonDogs continue to post best record in NWL, represented by five players in league all-star game tonight, including Texas-Arlington 1B John Mark Twitchell (.360-6-27), Central Florida CC RHP Matt Marsh (2-1, 2.46, 29 IP/41 SO)

7
Newport Gulls
RI
New England Collegiate League
24-9

Gulls have slipped from national No. 1 ranking, but Rutgers C Jeff Melillo (.378-5-25), Washington State OF Yale Rosen (.330-12-36) and Arizona State OF Kris Coffman (.333-5-29) continue to swing hot bats

8
San Luis Obispo Blues
CA
California Collegiate League
30-13

Blues sweep rival Santa Barbara, move back into first place in CCL; UT Arlington OF Matt Shortall (.336-4-25) is team's hot bat, UAB LHP Dylan Munger (4-0, 1.91) the top starter, Texas A&M RHP Daniel Mengden (9 SV) the ace closer

9
Wenatchee Applesox
WA
West Coast League
27-12

Top UCLA prep recruits Ty Moore (.265-0-10), James Kaprelian (0-0, 0.00 in 6 IP) augmenting Apple Sox lineup that includes Gonzaga LHP Derek Callahan (4-2, 1.65, 44 IP/44 SO), Gonzaga SS Mitchell Gunsolus (.360-1-30)

10
La Crosse Loggers
WI
Northwoods League
35-17

Long Beach State OF Richard Prigatano (.312-5-31), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi RHP Jacob Dorris (5-1, 2.36) and Long Beach State LHP Jake Stassi (3-0, 2.66) are Loggers three representatives in tonight's Northwoods all-star game

11
Fayetteville Swampdogs
NC
Coastal Plain League
28-13
 
12
Winchester Royals
VA
Valley League
29-13
 
13

East Texas Pumpjacks

TX
Texas Collegiate League
30-12
 
14
Keene Swamp Bats
NH
New England Collegiate League
23-11
 
15
Santa Barbara Foresters
CA
California Collegiate League
27-14
 
16
Orleans Firebirds
MA
Cape Cod League
18-14
 
17
Rockville Express
Sel
Cal Ripken Sr League
28-10
 
18
Waynesboro Generals
Sel
Valley League
29-13
 
19
Terre Haute Rex
IN
Prospect League
29-18
 
20
Anchorage Glacier Pilots
Sel
Alaska League
24-16
 
21
Baltimore Redbirds
Sel
Cal Ripken Sr League
26-12
 
22
West Virginia Miners
Sel
Prospect League
29-16
 
23
Nashua Silver Knights
Sel
Futures League
29-9
 
24
Humboldt Crabs
CA
Far West League
31-7
 
25
Cincinnati Steam
OH
Great Lakes League
22-11
 
26
Hays Larks
Sel
Jayhawk League
28-11
 
27
Wisconsin Woodchucks
Sel
Northwoods League
32-20
 
28
Palm Springs Power
CA
Southern California Collegiate League
36-6
 
29
San Diego Force
Sel
West Coast League
35-7
 
30
Team Vegas
Sel
California Collegiate League
26-15