Hangs on to Top Spot
Teams Jockey for Position
leagues are finished, some are in the midst of playoffs and some
haven’t even begun post-season play.
teams from some 30-plus summer college leagues around the country
continue to navigate through the most critical stages of the 2012
schedule, the Cape Cod League’s Cotuit Kettleers remain the No. 1
team in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s Top 30
continues to play at a fast pace with 20 wins in its last 24 games,
and has both clinched the Western Division regular-season title in
the Cape, along with the league’s best record overall. The
Kettleers have just two regular-season games remaining before the
first round of the Cape’s eight-team playoff kicks off Thursday.
the Kettleers continue their hot pace in post-season play and win
their second Cape League title in three years, it may be difficult
for any other summer club to overtake them in the chase for No. 1.
But it has been four years since the last Cape team with the best
regular-season record went on and won the league playoffs.
the Kettleers falter, there are plenty of other contenders from some
of the nation’s other top summer leagues that are lurking.
among them are the No. 2-ranked Newport Gulls, a perennial New
England Collegiate League power; the red-hot and No. 3-ranked
Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League and the No. 4-ranked
Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League.
Newport and Edenton finished with the best records in their
respective leagues during the regular season, and have earned
first-round wins in the opening round of playoffs, while Wisconsin
continues its torrid pace in the second half of the Northwoods League
schedule with a 25-3 record. The NWL playoffs aren’t slated to
begin for another week.
champions have been determined in a number of summer leagues, chief
among them the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska), North Jersey Eagles
(Atlantic Collegiate), Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken), Humboldt
Crabs (Far West), Licking County Settlers (Great Lakes), Hawaii Aliis
(Hawaii), Syracuse Junior Chiefs (New York Collegiate), Top Speed
Baseball (Pacific West), Ballantyne Smokies (Southern), Palm Springs
Power (Southern California Collegiate) and Harrisonburg Turks
(Valley). Several of those teams made strides in PG’s latest Top 30
ranking, but none cracked the top 10 overall.
78th annual National Baseball Congress World Series is
also underway in Wichita, Kan., and that 32-team tournament includes
several teams ranked in the top 30. Chief among them is the No.
7-ranked Santa Barbara Foresters, the defending champion. The
Foresters are unbeaten in their first three games.
in Perfect Game’s Top 30 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