Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Plenty of Shakeup in Rankings,
Though Chatham, Waterloo Still 1-2

With the regular season complete in roughly half the nation’s summer-college leagues, the top four teams in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the top 30 clubs remains unchanged. The Cape Cod League’s Chatham Anglers and Northwoods League’s Waterloo Bucks rank 1-2 for the fourth week in a row, while the Coastal Plains’ Edenton Steamers and Texas Collegiate’s Brazos Valley Bombers hold steady again at 3-4.

Those teams have dominated their respective leagues this summer almost from the outset.

There is a significant shakeup overall in this week’s summer rankings, however, with seven new clubs entering the Top 30. Among them are two traditional summer powers: the West Coast League’s Corvallis Knights at No. 20 and Perfect Game Collegiate League’s Amsterdam Mohawks at No. 22. Both those clubs started slowly this season, only to stage late surges that saw them move to the top of the standings in their respective leagues.

Two other clubs that entered Perfect Game’s rankings for the first time ever are the California Collegiate League’s L.A. Brewers at No. 23 and MINK League’s Clarinda A’s at No. 24. The Brewers won the CCL title by upstaging that league’s two traditional powers, the Santa Barbara Foresters and San Luis Obispo Blues, while the A’s clinched the MINK League championship.

Despite the Brewers unexpected success, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo will represent the CCL in this year’s National Baseball Congress World Series, currently underway in Wichita, Kan. As the event’s two-time defending champions, the No. 14 Foresters have been installed as the No. 1 seed.

The Cape Cod League regular season, meanwhile, still has another week remaining, while the Northwoods League schedule runs until Aug. 14.

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.

1 Chatham Anglers MA Cape Cod League 24-11
2 Waterloo Bucks IA Northwoods League 42-15
3 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 34-10
4 Brazos Valley Bombers TX Texas Collegiate League 39-11
5 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 21-13
6 Lakeshore Chinooks WI Northwoods League 38-19
7 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 32-12
8 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod League 21-15
9 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 30-13
10 Asheboro Copperheads NC Coastal Plain League 30-14
11 Madison Mallards WI Northwoods League 37-20
12 Alaska Goldpanners AK Alaska League 31-15
13 Falmouth Commodores MA Cape Cod League 20-16
14 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 33-16
15 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 23-13
16 Danville Dans IL Prospect League 36-16
17 Hays Larks KS Jayhawk League 31-11
18 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs FL Florida Collegiate League 27-13
19 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 42-4
20 Corvallis Knights OR West Coast League 26-15
21 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 18-16
22 Amsterdam Mohawks NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 29-16
23 L.A. Brewers CA California Collegiate League 29-14
24 Clarinda A's IA MINK League 34-15
25 Peninsula Pilots VA Coastal Plain League 30-17
26 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 38-19
27 Bend Elks OR West Coast League 25-16
28 Southern Ohio Copperheads OH Great Lakes League 25-15
29 New Market Rebels VA Valley League 28-15
30 Top Speed Baseball CA Far West League 38-12

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