Harwich Goes 5-0 on Week, Retains
Top Spot In Weekly Ranking
Harwich Mariners won the Cape Cod League championship in 2011, mainly
on the strength of a deep, powerful pitching staff. In all, 12
Mariners pitchers were selected in this year’s draft, including two
first-rounders and two supplemental first-rounders.
Harwich is to repeat as Cape League champs, it may be largely on the
strength of a powerful offensive team. Thus far, the Mariners are
hitting .287 as a team, averaging almost six runs a game and leading
the Cape with 18 homers.
impressive offensive production has enabled Harwich to bolt out to an
8-2 record this season, including six wins in a row, and the Mariners
have retained their spot atop Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the
nation’s top 30 summer league clubs.
continues to get an inspired performance from rising Samford junior
outfielder Philip Ervin, who is hitting .410, leads the Cape Cod
League in homers (5) and shares the league lead in RBIs (13). Erwin
has been joined in the Mariners outfield by two more rising juniors
with impressive power credentials in Stanford’s Austin Wilson and
Notre Dame’s Eric Jagielo. Wilson, a potential early first-rounder
in the 2013 draft, joined the team late because of his class
commitments at Stanford, but got off to a fast start by hitting
.500-2-7 in his first four games.
was merely hitting .400-3-8 through his first 10 contests, and won
one game for Harwich with a two-run, 10th-inning walk-off
homer in a 4-2 win over Hyannis.
Harwich retained its No. 1 summer-league ranking with five straight
wins, it barely held off a second Cape League team, Orleans, which is
9-1 on the summer. The Firebirds actually lead Harwich by a game in
the Cape’s Eastern Division, and jumped from No. 22 to No. 2 in the
Firebirds are doing it mainly with superior pitching as they lead the
Cape League with a 2.31 ERA, and have gotten a dominant performance
to date from rising Kentucky junior righthander Trevor Gott, who
leads the league with four saves. In six innings, he has allowed just
one hit and one walk while striking out eight. But the Firebirds may
have suffered a crucial loss with the departure of potentially the
team’s best starter in Arizona State righthander Trevor Williams
(0-0, 2.25 in two starts), a potential first-rounder in 2013 who left
to join USA Baseball’s college national team.
total of five teams from the Cape Cod League, easily the nation’s
most-prestigious summer-college league, occupy spots in Perfect
Game’s Top 30 Ranking, and conceivably more teams from that league
could be ranked, except that a team must have at least a .500 record
overall to receive consideration.
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.