Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Cape Teams Bumped From No. 1
As Hot Waterloo Continues Surge

For the first time this summer, a team other than a club from the prestigious Cape Cod League occupies the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s summer-college league teams.

The Northwoods League’s Waterloo Bucks, ranked No. 2 for the last four weeks, finally took over the top spot with their continued hot play. The Iowa-based Bucks (46-16) posted the best record in the 16-team Northwoods League in the first half at 24-10 and have been even more dominant in the second half at 22-6 with a week remaining in the regular season.

Waterloo not only leads the Northwoods League in hitting, but has received dominant performances from several key pitchers, including Florida righthander Aaron Rhodes (5-2, 3.03) and Arkansas righthander Landon Simpson (6-1, 3.42), both freshmen, and ace closer Adam Dian, a sophomore righthander from Temple, who is 2-0, 0.42 with six saves, along with 40 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Meanwhile, the Chatham Anglers, who had held the No. 1 spot this summer for all but two weeks, stumbled down the stretch of the Cape Cod League season, losing their last five games. But the Anglers had already built up a substantial lead in the Cape’s Eastern Division and still managed to post the league’s best overall record. The eight-team Cape Cod League playoffs open Tuesday.

The Cape League’s Falmouth Commodores, meanwhile, won a three-team fight for top spot in the Western Division, and actually surpassed Chatham in the latest PG team rankings, moving to No. 2. The dominant offensive team on the Cape, Falmouth produced the league’s top two hitters, leading home run hitter and the top three RBI producers.

Several summer leagues around the country wrapped up play and crowned champions on Sunday or over the past week, but most of the nation’s strongest, most-established leagues are either involved in playoffs or still have regular-season games remaining.

PG’s national ranking of summer clubs are determined 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 to earn consideration.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Perfect Game’s final ranking of the nation’s top 50 clubs will be released Monday, Aug. 18, once all summer leagues have completed play.

1Waterloo BucksIANorthwoods League46-16
2Falmouth CommodoresMACape Cod League26-18
3Edenton SteamersNCCoastal Plain League39-11
4Chatham AnglersMACape Cod League26-17
5Brazos Valley BombersTXTexas Collegiate League42-14
6Newport GullsRINew England Collegiate League31-14
7Alaska GoldpannersAKAlaska League37-17
8Cotuit KettleersMACape Cod League25-18
9Orleans FirebirdsMACape Cod League24-19
10Santa Barbara ForestersCACalifornia Collegiate League35-16
11Danville DansILProspect League41-19
12Winter Park Diamond DawgsFLFlorida Collegiate League31-17
13Corvallis KnightsORWest Coast League31-17
14Lakeshore ChinooksWINorthwoods League40-22
15Asheboro CopperheadsNCCoastal Plain League35-17
16Hyannis Harbor HawksMACape Cod League25-17
17Amsterdam MohawksNYPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League33-17
18Bend ElksORWest Coast League30-18
19Palm Springs PowerCASouthern California Collegiate League42-4
20Licking County SettlersOHGreat Lakes League29-17
21Harrisonburg TurksVAValley League32-14
22L.A. BrewersCACalifornia Collegiate League29-14
23Clarinda A'sIAMINK League36-15
24Hays LarksKSJayhawk League32-12
25Bethesda Big TrainMDCal Ripken Sr League32-16
26Keene Swamp BatsNHNew England Collegiate League28-17
27La Crosse LoggersWINorthwoods League38-25
28Harwich MarinersMACape Cod League23-19
29Humboldt CrabsCAFar West League41-14
30Baltimore RedbirdsMDCal Ripken Sr League29-19

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION (Alphabetical): Acadiana Cane Cutters, Alexandria Aces, Allentown Railers, Anchorage Bucs, Baltimore Chop, Bourne Braves, Columbia Blowfish, Duluth Huskies, Fulton Railroaders, Kernersville Bulldogs, Leesburg Lightning, Madison Mallards, Mankato MoonDogs, Marthas Vineyard Sharks, Mat-Su Miners, Medicine Hat Mavericks, Mooresville All-Americans, Nashua Silver Knights, Nevada Griffons, New Market Rebels, North Fork Ospreys, North Jersey Eagles, Ocean State Waves, Oneonta Outlaws, Peninsula Pilots Quincy Gems, Rowan Pirates, San Diego Force, San Luis Obispo Blues, Southern Ohio Copperheads, Top Speed Baseball, Vermont Mountaineers, Watertown Rams, Westhampton Aviators, West Virginia Miners