Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Cape Teams Bumped From No. 1
As Hot Waterloo Continues Surge

For the first time this summer, a team other than a club from the prestigious Cape Cod League occupies the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s summer-college league teams.

The Northwoods League’s Waterloo Bucks, ranked No. 2 for the last four weeks, finally took over the top spot with their continued hot play. The Iowa-based Bucks (46-16) posted the best record in the 16-team Northwoods League in the first half at 24-10 and have been even more dominant in the second half at 22-6 with a week remaining in the regular season.

Waterloo not only leads the Northwoods League in hitting, but has received dominant performances from several key pitchers, including Florida righthander Aaron Rhodes (5-2, 3.03) and Arkansas righthander Landon Simpson (6-1, 3.42), both freshmen, and ace closer Adam Dian, a sophomore righthander from Temple, who is 2-0, 0.42 with six saves, along with 40 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Meanwhile, the Chatham Anglers, who had held the No. 1 spot this summer for all but two weeks, stumbled down the stretch of the Cape Cod League season, losing their last five games. But the Anglers had already built up a substantial lead in the Cape’s Eastern Division and still managed to post the league’s best overall record. The eight-team Cape Cod League playoffs open Tuesday.

The Cape League’s Falmouth Commodores, meanwhile, won a three-team fight for top spot in the Western Division, and actually surpassed Chatham in the latest PG team rankings, moving to No. 2. The dominant offensive team on the Cape, Falmouth produced the league’s top two hitters, leading home run hitter and the top three RBI producers.

Several summer leagues around the country wrapped up play and crowned champions on Sunday or over the past week, but most of the nation’s strongest, most-established leagues are either involved in playoffs or still have regular-season games remaining.

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.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Perfect Game’s final ranking of the nation’s top 50 clubs will be released Monday, Aug. 18, once all summer leagues have completed play.

1 Waterloo Bucks IA Northwoods League 46-16
2 Falmouth Commodores MA Cape Cod League 26-18
3 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 39-11
4 Chatham Anglers MA Cape Cod League 26-17
5 Brazos Valley Bombers TX Texas Collegiate League 42-14
6 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 31-14
7 Alaska Goldpanners AK Alaska League 37-17
8 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod League 25-18
9 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod League 24-19
10 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 35-16
11 Danville Dans IL Prospect League 41-19
12 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs FL Florida Collegiate League 31-17
13 Corvallis Knights OR West Coast League 31-17
14 Lakeshore Chinooks WI Northwoods League 40-22
15 Asheboro Copperheads NC Coastal Plain League 35-17
16 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 25-17
17 Amsterdam Mohawks NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 33-17
18 Bend Elks OR West Coast League 30-18
19 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 42-4
20 Licking County Settlers OH Great Lakes League 29-17
21 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 32-14
22 L.A. Brewers CA California Collegiate League 29-14
23 Clarinda A's IA MINK League 36-15
24 Hays Larks KS Jayhawk League 32-12
25 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 32-16
26 Keene Swamp Bats NH New England Collegiate League 28-17
27 La Crosse Loggers WI Northwoods League 38-25
28 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 23-19
29 Humboldt Crabs CA Far West League 41-14
30 Baltimore Redbirds MD Cal Ripken Sr League 29-19

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION (Alphabetical): Acadiana Cane Cutters, Alexandria Aces, Allentown Railers, Anchorage Bucs, Baltimore Chop, Bourne Braves, Columbia Blowfish, Duluth Huskies, Fulton Railroaders, Kernersville Bulldogs, Leesburg Lightning, Madison Mallards, Mankato MoonDogs, Marthas Vineyard Sharks, Mat-Su Miners, Medicine Hat Mavericks, Mooresville All-Americans, Nashua Silver Knights, Nevada Griffons, New Market Rebels, North Fork Ospreys, North Jersey Eagles, Ocean State Waves, Oneonta Outlaws, Peninsula Pilots Quincy Gems, Rowan Pirates, San Diego Force, San Luis Obispo Blues, Southern Ohio Copperheads, Top Speed Baseball, Vermont Mountaineers, Watertown Rams, Westhampton Aviators, West Virginia Miners
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