Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Edenton, Hyannis Jockey For Top Spot As Post-Season Play Gets Underway

The Cape Cod League’s Hyannis Harbor Hawks and Coastal Plain League’s Edenton Steamers have traded the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s Top 25 summer college league teams for most of the 2011 season, and both clubs are fittingly playing their best baseball of the summer as post-season play is set to get underway in most leagues.

The Steamers occupy the top spot for the third week in a row, even though they recently had a 12-game winning streak snapped. They have won 14 of 15 and are 19-2 in the second half of the CPL schedule. Overall, the Steamers are 38-10 on the season.

Hyannis held down the No. 1 position early in the season and continues to be the top team in the Cape Cod League, acknowledged as the nation’s top summer league. With a nine-run outburst in the sixth inning of their 9-5 win over Bourne Wednesday, the Hawks stretched their latest winning streak to seven games. Overall, they are 26-12.

Playoffs in both the Cape Cod and Coastal Plain leagues get underway next week, and the Steamers and Harbor Hawks will be favored to close out the 2011 schedule in style.

Post-season play in several other summer leagues, meanwhile, begins on several fronts today, and the Cal Ripken League’s No. 3-ranked Bethesda Big Train, which finished the regular season with a 33-9 record, will be gunning for its third straight playoff title.

Also on today’s agenda is the New England Collegiate League all-star game, being played in Lynn, Mass. On Friday, the Cape Cod League will host its annual all-star game at Boston’s Fenway Park (Perfect Game’s Allan Simpson will have reports from both games).

With post-season play lurking in most summer leagues, we have expanded this week’s ranking of the nation’s top teams by 10, from a Top 25 to a Top 35.

1Edenton SteamersNCCoastal Plain League38-10
2Hyannis Harbor HawksMACape Cod League26-12
3Bethesda Big TrainMDCal Ripken Sr League33-9
4Harrisonburg TurksVAValley League32-11
5Wenatchee ApplesoxWAWest Coast League30-9
6Santa Barbara ForestersCACalifornia Collegiate League33-11
7Orleans FirebirdsMACape Cod League20-16
8East Texas PumpjacksTXTexas Collegiate League32-13
9San Luis Obispo BluesCACalifornia Collegiate League31-12
10Mankato MoonDogsMNNorthwoods League32-19
11Newport GullsRINew England Collegiate League24-13
12Kenai Peninsula OilersAKAlaska League26-14
13Quincy GemsILProspect League30-15
14Holyoke Blue SoxMANew England Collegiate League24-13
15St. Joseph MustangsMOMINK League34-10
16Southern Ohio CopperheadsOHGreat Lakes League26-12
17Palm Springs PowerCASouthern California Collegiate League38-4
18Bourne BravesMACape Cod League20-17
19Harwich MarinersMACape Cod League21-17
20Winchester RoyalsVAValley League29-14
21Corvallis KnightsORWest Coast League26-15
22Amsterdam MohawksNYPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League26-14
23Battle Creek BombersMINorthwoods League29-20
24Fayetteville SwampdogsNCCoastal Plain League28-20
25Danbury WesternersCTNew England Collegiate League23-13
26Lima LocosOHGreat Lakes League24-14
27Leesburg LightningFLFlorida Collegiate League25-11
28Yarmouth-Dennis Red SoxMACape Cod League18-17
29Terre Haute RexINProspect League27-19
30Jersey PilotsNJAtlantic Collegiate League22-10
31Utica BrewersNYNew York Collegiate League32-12
32Alexandria BeetlesMNNorthwoods League29-20
33Glens Falls Golden EaglesNYPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League24-15
34Keene Swamp BatsNHNew England Collegiate League23-14
35Brewster White CapsMACape Cod League18-17

Others receiving consideration: Youse's Maryland Orioles/Cal Ripken (24-16); Forest City Owls/Coastal Plain (27-20); Thomasville Hi-Toms/Coastal Plain (27-22); Winter Park Diamond Dawgs/Florida (21-10); Oahu Paddlers/Hawaii (20-12); Hays Larks/Jayhawk (19-14); Haysville Heat/Jayhawk (20-12); Vermont Mountaineers/New England Collegiate (23-14); Webster Yankees/New York Collegiate (30-14); Oneonta Outlaws/New York Collegiate (29-15); LaCrosse Loggers/Northwoods (28-22); Nashville Outlaws/Prospect (26-19); Morganton Aggies/Southern (27-11); Douglasville Bulls/Sunbelt (22-3); Bend Elks/West Coast (24-18); Regina Red Sox/Western Major (30-10); Okotoks Dawgs/Western Major (32-12).