Waterloo Hold Steady at 1-2,
Long-Time Powers Making a Push
Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod) and Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods) continue
to top Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s top summer
college-league teams, but several clubs with distinguished
reputations from other leagues around the country have begun making
significant strides up the leader board.
Santa Barbara Foresters (27-11) have taken over their accustomed
position as the top team in the California Collegiate League with a
recent surge, and improved their national ranking from 19 to 6 in the
process. The Alaska Goldpanners (25-9) have moved from 21 to 8 by
opening a significant lead in the Alaska League standings, while five
straight wins over the last week have propelled the Newport Gulls
(18-8) to the top of the New England Collegiate League standings and
improving their ranking from No. 28 to 9.
four National Baseball Congress World Series titles in the last six
years, including the last two, Santa Barbara has been an annual
fixture at the top of the PG summer power rankings. After a slow
start this season, the Foresters finally began to hit their stride
and caught the San Luis Obispo Blues with a recent hot streak.
Goldpanners, meanwhile, have won a record six NBC titles through the
years and sent upwards of 200 players to the big leagues in 50 years
(also a record for an amateur team). But the Fairbanks-based club
hasn’t won an NBC championship since 2001 and has struggled to even
dominate their own league in recent years until a resurgence this
finished the 2012 season as Perfect Game’s No. 1-ranked club by
sweeping through the NECBL regular season and playoffs, but was slow
to respond this season until a recent surge put the Gulls back on
by Tuesday’s All-Star Game at the major-league level, all-star
games will be the order of the day this week in summer leagues
throughout the country. Top prospects from Santa Barbara will be
prominently on display in the Cal Collegiate League all-star game
Wednesday at Major League Baseball’s Academy in Compton, Calif.;
from the Goldpanners in the Alaska League game Saturday in Anchorage
and from the Gulls in the NECBL game Sunday in Laconia, N.H.
Chatham will get its chance to show off its best prospects in the
Cape Cod League all-star game, set for July 28 in Yarmouth-Dennis,
while the appearance of Waterloo’s top players will highlight the
Northwoods League all-star game set for Eau Claire, Wis., on July 23.
national ranking of summer clubs are graded on the following
criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of
professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league.
Teams must have at least a .500 record.