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.