Incurs First Stumble of Season, But Still Remains Nation’s No. 1
scouts beginning to populate the Cape Cod League in increasing
numbers as the 2012 season approaches the midway point, they have
been left with the unmistakable conclusion that the Harwich Mariners
are the most-talented team on the Cape, if not the entire nation.
Mariners began the summer as the No. 1 team in Perfect Game’s
ranking of the nation’s Top 30 summer-league clubs, and continue to
maintain their lofty ranking with a 15-6 record—best in the league.
But with three losses in their next four games since the last
ranking, the Mariners perch atop the rankings is a little more
tenuous than in past weeks.
fact, had they not beaten the Orleans Firebirds, the nation’s No. 2
team a week ago, in a showdown of the Cape’s top two teams on
Sunday night, Harwich may not have retained its top ranking. The 7-4
setback knocked Orleans from No. 2 to No. 7.
non-Cape Cod teams have positioned themselves to bump Harwich from
the No. 1 spot a week from now should it falter again—chief among
them No. 2 Mankato (31-8) of the Northwoods League, and a pair of
hard-charging teams from the New England Collegiate League, Keene
(19-5) and Newport (18-5). No. 4 Keene had a recent 10-game winning
streak snapped, while No. 6 Newport is in the midst of a stretch that
has seen it win nine of 10 games.
two of the hottest teams in summer baseball represent one of the
nation’s non-traditional baseball-playing states—New Hampshire.
addition to the NECBL’s Keene Swamp Bats, the Nashua Silver Knights
of the Futures League has run off 12 wins in a row to move to 20-5 on
the season. Previously unranked, the Silver Knights moved into the
Top 30 at No. 18.
is nothing new to either New Hampshire club as Keene won the NECBL
championship in 2011, while Nashua captured the Futures League’s
inaugural title. With combined records of 39-10, both teams are on
pace to produce even better overall marks than a year ago. Keene went
28-14 in 2011, while Nashua went 27-16.
is also on a superior pace from the team that won a Cape League title
a year ago, and it may be a tall order for either Keene or Nashua, or
anyone, to topple a talented Mariners team if it continues to win a
fast clip and repeats as Cape League champions.