Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

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.

1Harwich MarinersMACape Cod League20-12
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)
2Yarmouth-Dennis Red SoxMACape Cod League19-13
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)
3Cotuit KettleersMACape Cod League19-12
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)
4Amsterdam MohawksNYPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League30-10
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
5Edenton SteamersNCCoastal Plain League31-13
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
6Mankato MoonDogsMNNorthwoods League38-15
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)
7Newport GullsRINew England Collegiate League24-9
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
8San Luis Obispo BluesCACalifornia Collegiate League30-13
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
9Wenatchee ApplesoxWAWest Coast League27-12
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)
10La Crosse LoggersWINorthwoods League35-17
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
11Fayetteville SwampdogsNCCoastal Plain League28-13
12Winchester RoyalsVAValley League29-13
13East Texas PumpjacksTXTexas Collegiate League30-12
14Keene Swamp BatsNHNew England Collegiate League23-11
15Santa Barbara ForestersCACalifornia Collegiate League27-14
16Orleans FirebirdsMACape Cod League18-14
17Rockville ExpressSelCal Ripken Sr League28-10
18Waynesboro GeneralsVAValley League29-13
19Terre Haute RexINProspect League29-18
20Anchorage Glacier PilotsAKAlaska League24-16
21Baltimore RedbirdsMDCal Ripken Sr League26-12
22West Virginia MinersWVProspect League29-16
23Nashua Silver KnightsNHFutures League29-9
24Humboldt CrabsCAFar West League31-7
25Cincinnati SteamOHGreat Lakes League22-11
26Hays LarksKSJayhawk League28-11
27Wisconsin WoodchucksSelNorthwoods League32-20
28Palm Springs PowerCASouthern California Collegiate League36-6
29San Diego ForceSelWest Coast League35-7
30Team VegasSelCalifornia Collegiate League26-15

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Bellingham Bells / West Coast (24-15); Bethesda Big Train / Cal Ripken (22-15); Chatham Anglers / Cape Cod (16-16); Chillicothe Paints / Prospect (28-19); Columbia BlowFish / Coastal Plain (26-17); Corvallis Knights / West Coast (23-19); DeLand Suns / Florida Collegiate (20-12); Dodge City A's / Jayhawk (26-14); DuBois County Bombers / Prospect (28-19); Duluth Huskies / Northwoods (31-22); Glens Falls Golden Eagles / Perfect Game (22-18); Harrisonburg Turks / Valley (27-15); Kelowna Falcons / West Coast (24-17); Leesburg Lightning / Florida Collegiate (21-12); Lima Locos / Great Lakes (22-13); Madison Mallards / Northwoods (29-23); Medicine Hat Mavericks / Western Major (28-13); Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs / Perfect Game Collegiate (22-18); New Bedford Bay Sox / New England Collegiate (22-14); Regina Red Sox / Western Major (30-9); Richmond River Rats / Prospect (26-19); St. Joseph Mustangs / MINK (28-17); Staten Island Tide / Atlantic Collegiate (24-10); Syracuse Jr. Chiefs / New York Collegiate (25-10); Trenton Generals / Atlantic Collegiate (25-10); Victoria Generals / Texas Collegiate (25-16); Wilmington Sharks / Coastal Plain (26-17); Winter Park Diamond Dawgs / Florida Collegiate (19-13).