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2009 Senators Remain Part of PG Crosschecker's Top 25


 
Updated: Friday, July 03, 2009
Compiled by Allan Simpson (PG Crosschecker) / Andrew Hartwell (College Summer Ball Blogspot)

Move over Chatham; make way for the Forest City Owls. We have a new No.1 team in the Perfect Game/Summer Ball weekly summer-league top 25 rankings.

The Owls of the Coastal Plain League went 5-1 over the last week to stretch their record on the summer to 25-3, while the Cape Cod League’s Chatham Anglers lost four games in a row after a hot 9-1 start. In the process, the two teams flip-flopped positions in the national rankings with Forest City taking over as No. 1 and Chatham slipping to No. 2.

The Owls have so dominated the CPL that they clinched the first-half championship in the West Division more than a week ago, and opened a 10-game lead on their nearest division foe. Lynchburg College’s Bryan Breedlove (4-0, 1.99 in 32 IP) and SIU-Edwardsville’s Spencer Patton (4-0, 0.97 in 33 IP), both righthanders, lead a formidable Owls pitching staff.

The Eau Claire Express, top team in the Northwoods League, holds steady in the No. 3 spot. The Express has received timely hitting from Wisconsin-Oshkosh infielder Nolan Fadness, who is hitting .341 in 91 at-bats this summer.

No summer league team has been as hot as the West Coast League’s Corvallis Knights, who have won a franchise-record 15 games in a row, including 10 in WCL competition. The Knights, the defending WCL champions, jumped to No. 6 in the current rankings after being unranked the first two weeks.

We’ll rank the top 25 summer college league teams every Tuesday or Wednesday from 20-plus leagues around the country, and here’s our take on the top teams in Week Three (last week’s ranking noted in parentheses).

Rank Team League Record
1. Forest City (N.C.) Owls (2) Coastal Plain 25-3
Walters State CC OF Will Skinner (.330-2-15), West Virginia OF Grant Buckner (.315-1-14) are team's top bats.
2. Chatham Anglers (1) Cape Cod 10-5
Oklahoma State 1B Dean Green leads Anglers with 8 RBIs; Vanderbilt RHP Taylor Hill is 2-0, 1.35 in 13 IP.
3. Eau Claire Express (3) Northwoods 20-8
New Mexico LHP Rudy Jaramillo (3-1, 1.70 in 42 IP), Baylor LHP Jon Ringenberg (1-1, 1.29 in 21 IP) have been solid. 
4. Santa Barbara Foresters (5) California Collegiate 16-5
Defending NBC World Series champs have won 6 of last 7; Texas freshman LHP Sam Stafford is 1-1, 1.74 in 21 IP. 
5. DeLand Suns (4) Florida Collegiate 16-4
Bethune-Cookman 3B Emmanuel Castro leads team at .320; Alabama RHP Jimmy Nelson has 37 SO in 29 IP. 
6. Corvallis Knights (NR) West Coast 13-3
Red-hot Knights lead league with team BA of .293; Mt. Hood (Ore.) CC 1B Taylor Ard is second in WCL at .417. 
7. Mat-Su Miners (18) Alaska 13-3
Miners' big arms are Centenary RHP Justin Kraft (1-0, 1.40), Lubbock Christian LHP R.L. Eisenbach (3-0, 2.79). 
8. Bourne Braves (NR) Cape Cod 7-5-2
George Washington RHP Eric Cantrell (2-0, 1.13, 16 IP, 1 BB/24 SO), a rising junior, has solidified Braves rotation. 
9. Outer Banks Daredevils (8) Coastal Plain 19-10
Mansfield (Pa.) LHP Eric Rosenberger (3-1, 3.04), Barton (N.C.) RHP Hunter Meekins (0.43 ERA in 21 IP) lead way. 
10. Wareham Gatemen (6) Cape Cod 6-5-1
Vanderbilt RHP Jack Armstrong (2-0, 2.38 in 11 IP) is son of Jack, former major-league all-star righthander. 
       
11. Mankato Moondogs (11) Northwoods 22-9
12. Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (12) Cape Cod 9-7
13. Wenatchee AppleSox (9) West Coast 12-4
14. Vienna Senators (23) Clark Griffith 15-4
15. Cotuit Kettleers (16) Cape Cod 7-6-1
16. North Shore Navigators (20) New England 14-6
17. Luray Wranglers (NR) Valley 12-6
18. Bethesda Big Train (13) Cal Ripken Sr. 15-5
19. Glens Falls Golden Eagles (22) New York Collegiate 16-4
20. San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Blues (NR) Independent 20-6
21. Staunton Braves (14) Valley 13-6
22. Quincy Gems (25) Prospect 15-6
23. Battle Creek Bombers (NR) Northwoods 20-11
24. Victoria Generals (NR) Texas Collegiate 13-7
25. Lima Locos (NR) Great Lakes 11-3