Summer Collegiate | Rankings | 6/22/2011

Collegiate Summer Top 25 Teams

Allan Simpson        

Traditional Cape Doormat Hyannis Zooms To Top of Standings, Polls

PG CrossChecker has unveiled its first ranking of summer teams for the 2011 season. Not surprisingly, the team sitting at the top of the weekly ranking is from the powerful Cape Cod League, widely acknowledged as the nation’s premier summer-college league.

What is surprising, though, is the Cape League team making all the noise early in the 2011 season. It is none other than the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, who finished last in that league in each of the last two seasons and hasn’t earned a league playoff berth since 2004.

The Harbor Hawks jumped out to a 9-2 start this season, and already are within sight of last year’s total of just 14 wins. With a team 2.05 ERA, Hyannis has gotten excellent pitching to date, led by rising junior righthanders Dylan Floro (2-0, 0.00) of Cal State Fullerton and Jon Moscot (1-0, 0.00) of Pepperdine.

PG CrossChecker’s ranking of summer league clubs are compiled in conjunction with the summer-league website,
. The nation’s top 25 summer-league teams will be ranked each week, generally on Tuesday. An emphasis is placed on the league’s competitive level, the prospective professional-quality talent on each club, a team’s won-loss record and its league dominance in arriving at the rankings. Each club must have at least a .500 record to be eligible.

The top 25 teams (through games of June 21):

1 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod 9-2
After consecutive last-place finishes on Cape, Hawks have gotten excellent pitching, plus solid
Seasons from Evansville SS Eric Stamets (.326-0-4) and Jacksonville OF Dan Gulbransen (.324-0-0)
2 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate 12-2
Nation's best non-Cape program has another stout pitching staff with Wichita State RHP Mitch
Mormann (2-1, 3.00), Oklahoma State RHP Ian McCarthy (2-0, 3.29), Nebraska RHP Tom Lemke (1-0, 0.00)
3 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain 15-4
9-game win streak fueled by West Chester SS Joe Wendle (.303-2-15), Delta State RHP Josh Branstatter
(4-0, 1.52), Miami/Ohio duo of OF Ryan Brenner (.339-0-7, 16 SB), RHP Brooks Fiala (1-1, 1.02)
4 Mankato MoonDogs MN Northwoods 14-5
Utah OF Shaun Cooper (.365-3-13), San Diego State IF Blair Moore (.324-3-16) have swung bats;
Minnesota State RHP Blake Schwartz (2-0, 1.14), LSU RHP Nick Goody (1-0, 12 IP/24 SO) big on mound
5 Wenatchee AppleSox WA West Coast 15-2
Sox have posted team ERA of 2.11, getting big seasons from Gonzaga RHP Aaron Brooks (2-0, 0.86),
Portland RHP Owen Jones (2-0, 1.82, 25 IP/30 SO), Centralia CC LHP Mike Murray (4-0, 1.98)
6 Quincy Gems IL Prospect 14-2
San Diego State RHP T.J. Kendzora (3-0, 2.66), SE Louisiana RHP Josh Janway (3-0, 1.06) key on mound;
Iowa OF Andrew Host (.344-1-5), Concordia (Minn.) IF Bryan Lippuncott (.310-1-20) at plate
7 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod 6-3
Arizona OF Steve Selsky (.345-2-8) provides the offensive spark, while Gonzaga LHP Ryan Carpenter
(1-0, 1.80) is the headline starter, Kentucky RHP Trevor Gott (5 SV) the bullpen stopper
8 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod 7-4
Mariners lose Louisiana State RHP Kevin Gausman (1-0, 0.75) to Team USA, but Central Florida SS
Darnell Sweeney (.538-0-5), Western Kentucky LHP Tanner Perkins (1-0, 2.19) remain on team
9 Holyoke Blue Sox MA New England Collegiate 6-2
Still early, but Sox may have league's best talent; stalwarts are Kennesaw State C Ronnie Freeman
(.323-1-4), Notre Dame 1B Trey Mancini (.286-2-8), Brigham Young RHP Chris Capper (2-0, 1.50)
10 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley 12-3
Turks getting plenty of offensive punch from Wingate OF Dodson McPherson (.358-6-24), Wake Forest
OF Mac Williamson (.395-4-15); St. Joseph's (Ind.) RHP Eric Meyerchick (3-0, 2.51) leads staff
11 Southern Maryland Nationals MD Cal Ripken 11-0
Just 14-28 in 2010, Nationals have rebounded behind Cumberland OF Mike Mandarino (.378-3-10),
arms of Catonsville CC RHP Austin Poretz (3-0, 1.31), UNC Pembroke RHP Bryan Collins (2-0, 1.50)
12 St. Joseph Mustangs MO MINK 16-4
Running away with MINK League race behind Missouri State IF Brent Seifert (.344-2-15), Rockhurst
C T.J. Dailey (.410-0-0-9) and Southern Arkansas RHP Doug Shields (3-0, 0.81, 2 SV)
13 Madison Mallards WI Northwoods 13-7
Michigan State IF Justin Scanlon (.393-1-10), Central Michigan 1B Nate Theunissen (.361-3-9) have
sparkled at plate, Texas Tech transfer LHP Rusty Shellhorn (3-0, 1.17, 23 IP/28 SO) on mound
14 Forest City Owls NC Coastal Plain 14-7
2009 national champs on a roll, getting big seasons from Jacksonville State OF Michael Bishop
(.326-2-10), Nebraska RHP Ryan Hander (2-1, 1.86), VCU RHP Seth Cutler-Voltz (3-0, 0.90)
15 Kenai Peninsula Oilers AK Alaska 7-2
Fresno State 2B Chris Mallory (.400-1-6), St. Mary's 3B Pat Wisdom (.321-1-5) have provided offense,
Long Beach State RHP Jon Maciel (1-0, 0.66), St. Mary's RHP Ben Griset (1-0, 0.00) the pitching
16 Glens Falls Golden Eagles NY Perfect Game 7-2
Golden Eagles take early lead in new PGCBL; getting solid efforts from three RHPs: Siena's Neil Fryer
(2-0, 1.64), St. Louis' Derek Mazzio (0-0, 1.35), Northwestern's Kyle Ruchim (1-0, 0.00, 2 SV)
17 Keene Swamp Bats NH New England Collegiate 5-2
Kent State junior C David Lyon (.364-3-9) provides stability for freshman-dominated lineup that includes
pair of Louisville products, SS Alex Chittenden (.400-0-2) and RHP Jeff Thompson (1-0, 0.96)
18 Brewster White Caps MA Cape Cod 5-5
White Caps are hitting .272 as a team, getting production from Tennessee OF Alvin Toles (.390-0-2, 7 SB),
Morehead State C Taylor Davis (.344-1-10), Stony Brook OF Tanner Nivins (.300-2-9)
19 Cincinnati Steam OH Great Lakes 7-1
Local products like University of Cincinnati RHP Zach Isler (2-0, 1.80, 2 SV) and OF Jake Proctor
(.435-1-9), and Miami (Ohio) 1B Kevin Bower (.393-1-7), providing big spark for hometown Steam
20 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox MA Cape Cod 5-5
Team USA has decimated Sox roster, but perennial Cape power still packs plenty of offensive punch
with Stanford 3B/OF Stephen Piscotty (.600, 1 game), UCLA OF Cody Keefer (.313-0-3)
21 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken 11-3
Big Train getting big mileage from UNC Wilmington LHP Kelly Secrest (3-0, 0.00), Princeton RHP
Matt Bowman (1-1, 0.56); Cal State Northridge IF Adam Barry (.407-0-12) is team's big stick
22 Front Royal Cardinals VA Valley 11-5
Pitching of Georgia State RHP Justin Malone (3-0, 2.70, 20 IP/28 SO), Shenandoah (Va.) RHP
Kyle Scallion (2-0, 0.98, 3 SV), Samford RHP Tyler Vanderheiden (1-0, 0.00, 4 SV) has been key
23 North Fork Ospreys NY Atlantic Collegiate 9-3
ACBL's top club getting offensive production from San Jose State 1B Matt Carroll (.333-3-15), pitching
from Rhode Island LHP Nick Narodowy (3-0, 0.53), Walters State CC RHP Milan Mantle (2-0, 1.04)
24 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs FL Florida 9-3
Local JC products like State College of Florida 3B B.J. Zimmerman (.474-2-12), RHP Jeremy Strawn
(2-0, 2.12) inspiring Diamond Dawgs to best record, slim lead in Florida Summer Collegiate League
25 Utica Brewers NY New York Collegiate 12-1
NYCBL expansion franchise has 1.55 team ERA, getting big production from a pair of unheralded Florida
arms, Warner Southern RHP Jacob Pettit (3-0, 0.50), St. Pete JC RHP Brent Krauss (2-0, 0.00)

Others receiving consideration: Mat-Su Miners/Alaska (7-3); San Luis Obispo Blues/California (10-4); Asheboro Copperheads/Coastal Plain (13-8); Lima Locos/Great Lakes (6-2); Waikiki Surfers/Hawaii (4-1); Hays Larks/Jayhawk (7-3); Derby Twins/Jayhawk (7-4); Sanford Mainers/New England Collegiate (6-3); Newport Gulls/New England Collegiate (4-2); Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkars/Northwoods (12-6); Eau Claire Express (13-7); West Virginia Miners/Prospect (12-5); Hannibal Cavemen/Prospect (10-6); Acadiana Cane Cutters/Texas (9-6); Coppell Copperheads/Texas (10-8); Winchester Royals/Valley (10-6); Kitsap Bluejackets/West Coast (11-6); Medicine Hat Mavericks/Western Major (14-2).

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