Opens Coastal Plain Playoffs, Hangs On To Nation’s No. 1 Ranking
44-11 record overall, including a 25-3 mark over the second half of
the Coastal Plain League schedule, the Edenton Steamers continue to
hold on to the No. 1 ranking in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of
the nation’s top 35 summer-college league teams.
Steamers have held the top spot for four straight weeks, and face the
most challenging part of their season Thursday, when they begin
post-season play in the CPL. Eight teams will be in the running for
the Petitt Cup, with the No. 1-seeded Steamers drawing the No. 8-seed
Peninsula Pilots in an opening best-of-3 series.
Steamers can close the deal and win the CPL championship, they stand
an excellent chance of becoming the second CPL team in three years to
finish atop the Perfect Game summer rankings. The Forest City Owls
achieved the feat in 2009, when they went 46-9 during the regular
season and ran the table in the CPL playoffs to finish at 51-9.
stiffest competition is still likely to come from the team that
captures the Cape Cod League playoff crown, particularly if the
Hyannis Harbor Hawks win out. That league’s eight-team playoffs
begin Friday. The Hawks have dominated the Cape pretty much from the
outset of the 2011 season, and at 28-14, easily clinched the top
playoff seed in that league, which is acknowledged as the strongest
summer league in the country.
squarely in the running for the unofficial title of the nation’s
top summer-league club are the Cal Ripken League’s Bethesda Big
Train and West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. Those teams are
ranked 3-4 in the latest weekly rankings.
Big Train finished its season at 36-9 by easily winning the
regular-season title in the Cal Ripken League, and then swept to
three straight playoff wins for its third consecutive league title.
Wenatchee has also dominated the West Coast League from the start and
is also in position to win its third straight West Coast title.
five previous years that Perfect Game has recognized the nation’s
top summer league clubs, Yarmouth-Dennis of the Cape Cod League was
anointed the No. 1 team in 2006 and 2007, the California Collegiate
League’s Santa Barbara Foresters were tops in 2008 and the
Northwoods League’s Eau Claire Express won out a year ago.
leagues are currently involved in post-season competition, while
several more will begin play in the coming days. The Northwoods
League, which doesn’t conclude its 70-game regular season until
Aug. 14, is the last league to commence post-season play.
from several summer leagues are currently participating in the 77th
annuial National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita. Among the
participamnts are the No. 9-ranked Kenai Peninsula Oilers, champions
of the AlaSKLA League; the No. 11-ranked Foresters, co-champions ofv
the California Collegiate League; and No. 15-ranked St. Joseph
Mustangs, champions of vthe MINK League.