Edenton Moves Into No. 1 Spot
the first time this summer, a team other than a team from the Cape
Cod League has ascended to the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s weekly
ranking of the nation’s top 25 summer-league clubs.
Coastal Plain League’s Edenton Steamers moved into the top position
by winning 10 of their first 11 games in the second half of the CPL
schedule. The Steamers, on the strength of an early 10-game winning
streak, had already posted the league’s best record in the first
half while clinching top spot in the North Division. Overall, the
team was 29-9 on the season.
Cape League’s Hyannis Harbor Hawks held the No. 1 spot a week ago,
but slipped to No. 2 after a 3-3 week. The Hawks (17-10) still had
the best record in that league, but are being pushed by the No.
5-ranked Harwich Mariners (16-10), No. 9-ranked Brewster Whitecaps
(14-10) and No. 11-ranked Bourne Braves (14-10).
has dominated the Coastal Plain League this season, posting the
league’s best batting average (.277) and ERA (2.71). They also
topped the 15-team circuit in runs (253) and stolen bases (92).
not a club with a lot of big names,” Steamers coach Dirk Kinney
told the local Daily Advance earlier this summer, “we just have a
lot of guys who play extremely hard. They care. Sometimes you don’t
get that in summer ball. But they do, and they want to put a good
product on the field for the community.”
Steamers have a deep, balanced pitching staff, but the player that
makes the team go on offense is middle infielder Joe Wendle, who was
passed over in this year’s draft after an all-star season in the
New England Collegiate League a year ago and a .346-2-32 junior
season at West Chester (Pa.), a Division II school in Pennsylvania.
(.408-3-30) is second in the league in batting and third in RBIs, and
tops the circuit in on-base percentage (.473) and runs (34). He also
has been steady in the field at second base and will be one of six
Steamers who will play in the Coastal Plain League all-star game next
Monday in Fayetteville, N.C.
Coastal Plain League, acknowledged as one of the nation’s top three
summer leagues along the Cape Cod and Northwoods leagues, has seen
one of its teams ascend to No. 1 in the past as the champion Forest
City Owls finished the 2009 season ranked No. 1.
other summer leagues are in the process of staging their own all-star
games over the last three weeks of the month of July.