Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Cape League Reasserts Summer Dominance
With Three Teams at Top of Rankings

It’s apparent that the New England Collegiate League’s top two teams couldn’t stand the prosperity of being ranked at the top of the nation’s summer-college league rankings.

The Newport Gulls and Keene SwampBats ascended to the Nos. 1-2 positions a week ago in Perfect Game’s ranking of the top 30 clubs, and figured to settle things on the field by playing a two-game, home-and-home showdown series the next two nights. But by splitting those two contests, neither club was able to gain a clear advantage on the other and both have since fallen from grace with a rough week in NECBL competition.

Newport (24-9) lost three of five games last week, including a 20-8 bashing at the hands of the SwampBats, while Keene (23-11) failed to capitalize on that one-sided win by losing 13-7 to the Gulls a night later and dropping their next four contests. The week’s results bumped Newport from No. 1 to No. 7 in PG’s latest summer-league rankings, while previous No. 2 Keene slipped all the way to No. 13.

The disappointing week by both NECBL clubs opened the door for the Cape Cod League’s Harwich Mariners (20-12) to return to the No. 1 position. The Mariners had occupied the top spot every week since the outset of the 2012 summer season before dropping four games in a row in mid-July and slipping to No. 4 a week ago. They still hold down the best record on the Cape, acknowledged as the nation’s premier summer college league.

Not only did Harwich, the defending Cape Cod League champion, reassert its position atop the national rankings, but the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and Cotuit Kettleers continue their march up the charts and are ranked No. 2 and No. 3—making for a clean sweep among Cape Cod teams in the top three positions. Y-D (19-13) remains a game behind Harwich in the Cape’s Eastern Division, while Cotuit (19-12) has opened a sizeable lead in the West.

Teams 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. To receive consideration, teams must have at least a .500 record overall.

1 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 20-12
Mariners host Cape all-star game on Saturday, will be represented by Samford OF Phil Ervin (.346-10-26), league HR leader; Stanford OF Austin Wilson (312-6-20), Missouri State RHP Grant Gordon (1-0, 0.50, 18 IP, 4 BB/26 SO)
2 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox MA Cape Cod League 19-13
Marshall RHP Aaron Blair (6-0, 1.27, 35 IP/40 SO) will start for East in Cape all-star game; lineup augmented by five other Y-D starters, including Washington DH Robert Pehl (.381-4-31) and Indiana OF Sam Travis (.330-3-28)
3 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod League 19-12
Kettleers have opened big lead in Cape's West Division on strength of arms like Vanderbilt LHP Kevin Ziomek (3-0, 1.27, 28 IP, 6 BB/36 SO) and Notre Dame RHP Dan Slania (1-0, 2.02, 4 SV), bat of Michigan OF Pat Biondi (.414-0-12)
4 Amsterdam Mohawks NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 30-10
Kentucky RHP Chandler Shepherd (6-0, 1.12), league's wins/ERA leader; Auburn RHP Rocky McCord (4-0, 1.34), New Jeresy Tech RHP Mark Leiter (3-0, 1.08) will play for host Mohawks in tonight's PGCBL all-star game
5 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 31-13
Morehead State RHP Matt Duncan (6-1, 1.71) has emerged as Steamers' top starter, Norfolk State RHP Jordan Egan (2-2, 1.85, league-high 15 SV) as bullpen ace; Washington OF Michael Camporeale (.346-8-33) is team's big bat
6 Mankato MoonDogs MN Northwoods League 38-15
MoonDogs continue to post best record in NWL, represented by five players in league all-star game tonight, including Texas-Arlington 1B John Mark Twitchell (.360-6-27), Central Florida CC RHP Matt Marsh (2-1, 2.46, 29 IP/41 SO)
7 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 24-9
Gulls have slipped from national No. 1 ranking, but Rutgers C Jeff Melillo (.378-5-25), Washington State OF Yale Rosen (.330-12-36) and Arizona State OF Kris Coffman (.333-5-29) continue to swing hot bats
8 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 30-13
Blues sweep rival Santa Barbara, move back into first place in CCL; UT Arlington OF Matt Shortall (.336-4-25) is team's hot bat, UAB LHP Dylan Munger (4-0, 1.91) the top starter, Texas A&M RHP Daniel Mengden (9 SV) the ace closer
9 Wenatchee Applesox WA West Coast League 27-12
Top UCLA prep recruits Ty Moore (.265-0-10), James Kaprelian (0-0, 0.00 in 6 IP) augmenting Apple Sox lineup that includes Gonzaga LHP Derek Callahan (4-2, 1.65, 44 IP/44 SO), Gonzaga SS Mitchell Gunsolus (.360-1-30)
10 La Crosse Loggers WI Northwoods League 35-17
Long Beach State OF Richard Prigatano (.312-5-31), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi RHP Jacob Dorris (5-1, 2.36) and Long Beach State LHP Jake Stassi (3-0, 2.66) are Loggers three representatives in tonight's Northwoods all-star game
11 Fayetteville Swampdogs NC Coastal Plain League 28-13
12 Winchester Royals VA Valley League 29-13
13 East Texas Pumpjacks TX Texas Collegiate League 30-12
14 Keene Swamp Bats NH New England Collegiate League 23-11
15 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 27-14
16 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod League 18-14
17 Rockville Express Sel Cal Ripken Sr League 28-10
18 Waynesboro Generals VA Valley League 29-13
19 Terre Haute Rex IN Prospect League 29-18
20 Anchorage Glacier Pilots AK Alaska League 24-16
21 Baltimore Redbirds MD Cal Ripken Sr League 26-12
22 West Virginia Miners WV Prospect League 29-16
23 Nashua Silver Knights NH Futures League 29-9
24 Humboldt Crabs CA Far West League 31-7
25 Cincinnati Steam OH Great Lakes League 22-11
26 Hays Larks KS Jayhawk League 28-11
27 Wisconsin Woodchucks Sel Northwoods League 32-20
28 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 36-6
29 San Diego Force Sel West Coast League 35-7
30 Team Vegas Sel California Collegiate League 26-15

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Bellingham Bells / West Coast (24-15); Bethesda Big Train / Cal Ripken (22-15); Chatham Anglers / Cape Cod (16-16); Chillicothe Paints / Prospect (28-19); Columbia BlowFish / Coastal Plain (26-17); Corvallis Knights / West Coast (23-19); DeLand Suns / Florida Collegiate (20-12); Dodge City A's / Jayhawk (26-14); DuBois County Bombers / Prospect (28-19); Duluth Huskies / Northwoods (31-22); Glens Falls Golden Eagles / Perfect Game (22-18); Harrisonburg Turks / Valley (27-15); Kelowna Falcons / West Coast (24-17); Leesburg Lightning / Florida Collegiate (21-12); Lima Locos / Great Lakes (22-13); Madison Mallards / Northwoods (29-23); Medicine Hat Mavericks / Western Major (28-13); Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs / Perfect Game Collegiate (22-18); New Bedford Bay Sox / New England Collegiate (22-14); Regina Red Sox / Western Major (30-9); Richmond River Rats / Prospect (26-19); St. Joseph Mustangs / MINK (28-17); Staten Island Tide / Atlantic Collegiate (24-10); Syracuse Jr. Chiefs / New York Collegiate (25-10); Trenton Generals / Atlantic Collegiate (25-10); Victoria Generals / Texas Collegiate (25-16); Wilmington Sharks / Coastal Plain (26-17); Winter Park Diamond Dawgs / Florida Collegiate (19-13).
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