Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Hot Teams Surge To Top of Rankings

In the midst of a significant heat wave striking much of the nation, three of the hottest teams in the nation’s summer college leagues have surged to the top of Perfect Game’s weekly Top 25 ranking.

Between them, the No. 1-ranked Edenton Steamers (Coastal Plain), No. 2-ranked Santa Barbara Foresters (California Collegiate) and No. 3-ranked Bethesda Big Train (Cal Ripken) went 16-0 since last week’s ranking. Moreover, the Steamers (33-9) have won 10 straight and 14 of 15 in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season; the Foresters (29-8) have won 10 straight; and the Big Train (31-7) has won nine of 10 while tying the club record for most wins in a season and clinching top spot in the Cal Ripken League.

The continued hot play of those teams has enabled them to skip over the top teams in the Cape Cod League, clearly acknowledged as the nation’s top summer league. The Cape has four teams battling for the best record in that league, led by the No. 4-ranked Hyannis Harbor Hawks (20-12) and No. 5-ranked Bourne Braves (18-12). Four of the nation’s top 13 clubs are from the Cape Cod League.

1 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 34-9
Surging Steamers, in midst of second 10-game win streak on season, continue to get inspired play from West Chester (Pa.) 2B Joe Wendle (.406-3-32), strong pitching from CPL all-star RHP Brooks Fiala (4-1, 2.18)
2 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 29-8
Texas State OF Jeff McVaney (.455-2-17), L.A. Pierce JC 1B James Wharton (.344-4-27) continue to swing big bats for Foresters, while league's best prospect, Rice RHP Austin Kubitza (1-0, 1.12, 3 SV), anchors bullpen
3 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 31-7
Big Train gunning for third straight Ripken title; Cal State Northridge 3B Adam Barry (.397-1-38) leads league in BA, RBIs, Mississippi State C Hunter Renfroe (.316-8-30) in HRs, Princeton RHP Matt Bowman (5-1, 0.72) in ERA
4 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 20-12
Scrappy Arizona OF Joey Richard (.308-0-10), Evansville SS Eric Stamets (.292-0-10, 10 SB) have made Hawks lineup go, while Central Michigan LHP Dietrich Enns (3-1, 0.76) has been valuable in a relief role
5 Bourne Braves MA Cape Cod League 18-12
Braves making strong second-half push for best record in Cape behind solid pitching of Louisiana State RHP Ryan Eades (3-0, 0.68), league ERA leader, and Coastal Carolina RHP Josh Conway (2-0, 0.82)
6 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 27-10
Wake Forest OF Mac Williamson (.383-9-35), Wingate (N.C.) OF Dodson McPherson (.349-7-38) have swung most potent bats in Valley League; LaSalle RHP Pat Christensen (2-1, 0.72, 10 SV, 25 IP/39) has excelled as closer
7 Wenatchee Applesox WA West Coast League 26-8
Two-time WCL champs sailing along behind Washington State 3B Adam Nelubowich (.315-8-22), Gonzaga OF Payden Cawley Lamb (.387-0-19), Kentucky LHP Alex Phillips (4-1, 2.49), Portland RHP Owen Jones (5-1, 2.43)
8 Brewster White Caps MA Cape Cod League 17-12
Washington State OF Jason Monda (.342-1-12) is one of Cape's top hitters, while San Francisco RHP Brandon Love (3-0, 1.52) and Rice RHP J.T. Chargois (0-0, 0.53, 6 SV) have been valuable in Whitecaps bullpen
9 Kenai Peninsula Oilers AK Alaska League 23-11
Oilers open big lead in Alaska standings on strength of 1.76 team ERA, highlighted by Long Beach State RHP Jon Maciel (2-0, 0.68), league ERA leader, plus hot bat of Cal Poly SS Mike Miller (.409-0-12), league's top hitter
10 East Texas Pumpjacks TX Texas Collegiate League 27-12
Pumpjacks opening big lead in TCL standings; McNeese State teammates, OF Seth Granger (.328-1-27) and RHP Jaden Dillon (6-1, 2.46), have played key role along with Southern Cal RHP Matt Munson (3-0, 1.27)
11 Quincy Gems IL Prospect League 27-12
Gems have been PL's best club from the outset; Southern Illinois 1B Chris Serritella (..351-7-31), Concordia (Minn.) 3B Bryan Lippincott (.333-5-42), league Home Run Derby champ, have swung hot bats for team
12 Mankato MoonDogs MN Northwoods League 28-16
MoonDogs still own NWL's best record, despite 1-4 week; Utah OF Shaun Cooper (.338-12-39, 11 SB) is league's top offensive player, while Minnesota State RHP Blake Schwatz (5-1, 1.54, 47 IP/57 SO) has excelled on mound
13 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 17-13
Mt. Olive RHP Carter Capps, third-round pick of Seattle Mariners in 2011 draft, has been auditioning this summer with Cape's Mariners, posting 3-1, 0.47 record in relief; Kentucky LHP Taylor Rogers (2-2, 1.73) is team's ace
14 Holyoke Blue Sox MA New England Collegiate League 20-11
Surprising Sox have gotten big production from Kennesaw State C Ronnie Freeman (.358-4-15), Notre Dame 1B Trey Mancini (.327-7-32), Southern Cal RHP Ben Mount (4-0, 1.41), BYU RHP Chris Capper (3-1, 2.25)
15 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 26-11
Blues continue to stay hot on trail of No. 2 Foresters in CCL standings behind bats of Kansas 1B Zac Elgie (.307-3-27), Oregon 3B Dylan Gavin (.308-2-17), strong pitching of Northern Illinois LHP Tom Barry (5-2, 1.80)
16 St. Joseph Mustangs MO MINK League 31-10
Mustangs remain top club in MINK League, thanks to Missouri State 3B Brent Seifert (.359-2-34, 22 2B), pitching of Central Missouri RHP Kyle Jackson (5-1, 3.08), Northwest Missouri State RHP Jayson Huett (4-0, 1.82)
17 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 35-4
Chico State RHP Nick Baker (9-0, 1.59), Cal State San Bernardino RHP Casey McCarthy (5-0, 1.37) remain unbeaten for Power, while USC-bound Ryan Garvey (.364-2-16), Steve's son, has swung hot stick
18 Glens Falls Golden Eagles NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 21-11
Six-game unbeaten streak lifts Eagles to top mark in PGCBL; St. Louis RHP Derek Mazzio (1-0, 1.50, 36 IP/43 SO) has excelled as a starter, Northwestern RHP Kyle Ruchim (2-0, 6 SV, 16 IP/33 SO) in relief
19 Fayetteville Swampdogs NC Coastal Plain League 26-16
Three CPL all-stars, Tampa 2B Eric Grabe (.324-2-23, 13 SB), LeMoyne LHP Michael Anarumo (4-0, 1.50) and Tampa RHP/OF Cody Davis (1-1, 1.23, 12 SV; .280-1-23), have sparked Swampdogs in run to playoff bid
20 Battle Creek Bombers MI Northwoods League 26-17
Bombers getting offensive production from Texas-San Antonio OF Daniel Rockett (.336-4-31), Central Michigan SS Jordan Dean (.312-1-19); Western Michigan RHP Troy Forton (4-2, 2.68) is team's top starter
21 Corvallis Knights OR West Coast League 23-14
Two Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) products, RHP Max Beatty (5-1, 2.38) and IF Corey Moore (.314-1-12), have given perennial WCL power Knights an unexpected lift as they continue to chase down Wenatchee
22 Lima Locos OH Great Lakes League 19-11
Locos have supplanted Cincinnati Steam as GLL's best club; Kennesaw State 1B Andy Chriscaden (.327-3-19) has been team's top bat while Chattahoochee Valley CC RHP Michael O'Neal (2-2, 1.21) is the top starter
23 Danbury Westerners CT New England Collegiate League 19-11
Nebraska OF Tanner Krieremeier (.352-2-15), Virginia Tech OF Tyler Horan (.317-8-22) have kept Westerners in hunt for top spot in NECBL, while Tennessee RHP Nick Williams (4-1, 2.86) has been a key arm on mound
24 Winchester Royals VA Valley League 23-13
Penn State LHP Greg Welsh (6-1, 1.47) has stood out on mound for Royals, while Sheperd (W.Va.) 1B Nathan Minnich (.280-9-26) has supplied the power, and West Virginia OF Brady Wilson (.313-2-24, 24 SB) the speed
25 Leesburg Lightning FL Florida Collegiate League 21-9
Lightning continue to trade Florida league top spot with Winter Park; Florida SS Jacob Tillotson (.367-1-17) and Florida Atlantic C Michael Albaladejo (.310-0-15), both FCSL all-stars, have carried team at plate

Others receiving consideration: Jersey Pilots/Atlantic Collegiate (21-10); Team Vegas/California (19-12); Youse's Maryland Orioles/Cal Ripken (21-14); Wareham Gatemen/Cape Cod (17-16); Forest City Owls/Coastal Plain (24-17); Thomasville Hi-Toms/Coastal Plain (24-19); Winter Park Diamond Dawgs/Florida (18-8); Cincinnati Steam/Great Lakes (19-13); Southern Ohio Copperheads/Great Lakes (18-12); Oahu Paddlers/Hawaii (18-8); Hays Larks/Jayhawk (16-11); Gaithersburg Giants/Maryland Collegiate (22-4); Keene Swamp Bats/New England Collegiate (20-12); Newport Gulls/New England Collegiate (17-12); Utica Brewers/New York Collegiate (29-10); Oneonta Outlaws/New York Collegiate (24-10); Green Bay Bullfrogs/Northwoods (24-19); Alexandria Beetles/Northwoods (24-18); Amsterdam Mohawks/Perfect Game (22-13); Nashville Outlaws/Prospect (23-16); Terre Haute Rex/Prospect (23-18);Morganton Aggies/Southern (23-11); Douglasville Bulls/Sunbelt (20-3); Bend Elks/West Coast (22-15); Medicine Hat Mavericks/Western Major (30-10); Regina Red Sox/Western Major (27-9); Okotoks Dawgs/Western Major (27-12).
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