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VIENNA SENATORS RISE IN PG CROSSCHECKER RANKINGS
Senators move from 13th in nation to 11th


 

VIENNA, Va. July 22—The Vienna Senators, who have clinched an unprecedented ninth Clark Griffith League championship, have risen in the rankings by Perfect Game Crosschecker as one of the top national summer league baseball teams.

The Senators are ranked 11 th in the PG Crosschecker Summer 16 Rankings, which ranks all summer league teams from the major collegiate summer circuits from across the country. The PG Crosschecker credits first baseman Sam Honeck and southpaw pitcher Aaron Loup with helping the Senators to the best record in summer ball this season. The Senators are currently 36-5 in Clark Griffith League play.

Sam Honeck is one of the top batters on the team, with a .317 batting average with 10 home runs and 32 RBI. Aaron Loup is the top starters on the team with a 7-0 record and a 1.15 ERA. Both are also leaders in multiple individual categories in the Clark Griffith League.

The Senators were ranked 13 th in the nation on July 17. Last season the Vienna Senators were ranked 14 th in the PG Crosschecker Summer 16 Rankings. The highest the Senators have been ranked in the poll is tenth.

The Senators are in their last week of league play before flying out to Wichita , Kansas to compete in the National Baseball Congress World Series. It will be their second consecutive trip to the NBC World Series. The 2007 pennant is the second straight for Vienna , under the leadership of manager Chris Burr. No other team in Clark Griffith League history has won nine league titles. This season the Senators have surpassed win totals in their two previous championship seasons. In 2005, the Senators went 31-13 and in 2006, the club went 30-10.

The PG Crosschecker Summer 16 Rankings can be found at: http://www.pgcrosschecker.com.

PG Crosschecker's ranking of the top 16 summer league teams. Records as of July 22; previous ranking in parentheses:

1. Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (1) Cape Cod 22-9-1

All-stars Beckham (.321-8-26) leads Cape in homers, Burns (4-0, 2.25) in wins and Cassavechia (1-1, 0.92, 9 SV) in saves.

2. Santa Barbara Foresters (2) California 36-7

Oklahoma State OF Rebel Ridling (.406-7-35), Oklahoma OF Devin Shepherd (.343-5-33) swinging hot bats for NBC champs.

3. Green Bay Bullfrogs (4) Northwoods 33-14

Chapman (Calif. ) 3B-RHP Kurt Yacko (.293-0-19; 2-0, 0.00, 13 SV) playing valuable two-way role for NWL's best team.

4. Fayetteville Swampdogs (3) Coastal Plain 32-9

Illinois duo of Aaron Martin (6-0, 1.03) and Ben Reeser (5-0, 0.97) continues to power pitching-rich Swampdogs.

5. Bourne Braves (6) Cape Cod 18-12-2

Cal 1B Josh Satin (.276-4-20), William & Mary OF Ben Guez (.279-3-23), Stetson OF Brian Pruitt (.266-3-23) are potent trio.

6. Lima Locos (7) Great Lakes 25-8

Purdue's Matt Bischoff (5-0, 0.90) tops pitching staff, Georgetown 's Bryan Bonner (.381-1-12) paces Locos offense.

7. Chatham A's (8) Cape Cod 17-12-3

USC RHP Tommy Milone (4-1, 3.12) and Wake Forest 1B Allan Dykstra (.317-2-20) making big midseason impact for A's.

8. Waynesboro Generals (9) Valley 29-10

Generals rely mostly on pitching, but Akron C-IF Kurt Davidson (.325-4-39), Elon C-OF Pat Irvine (.312-3-27) provide spark.

9. AIA-Alaska (NR) Alaska 25-11

Surprise Alaska leader getting big seasons from Liberty OF P.K. Keller (.341-6-22, 16 SB), JMU P Justin Wood (5-1, 2.82).

10. Falmouth Commodores (10) Cape Cod 17-15

Wichita State 3B Conor Gillaspie (.338-5-17), Eastern Kentucky P Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.81) among seven Cape all-stars.

11. Vienna Senators (13) Clark Griffith 35-5

Ten-time AAABA champs have big Tulane factor on club, including incoming junior 1B Sam Honeck (.317-10-31).

12. Derby Twins (12) Jayhawk 30-12

Twins getting big production from Northern Iowa pair: SS Brandon Douglas (.339-2-14), OF Dan Embury (.287-6-30).

13. Moses Lake Pirates (14) West Coast 22-8

Long Beach State twosome, OF Steve Tinoco (.327-0-13) and P Dan Wolford (1-0, 1.76, 9 SV), playing key roles.

14. Thomasville Hi-Toms (15) Coastal Plain 29-12

Louisiana Tech P Aaron Lorio leads league with 14 saves, Georgia 1B Rich Poythress (.331-11-40) CPL's top power threat.

15. Mat-Su Miners (5) Alaska 20-9

Southern Miss 1B Michael Ewing (.316-5-25) team's top power threat; five pitchers share team lead with three wins.

16. Wichita Falls Roughnecks (NR) Texas 20-12

Dartmouth twin LHPs Robert Young (3-2, 1.42) and Russell Young (3-1, 2.43) making an impact for Roughnecks

 

The PG Crosschecker Summer 16 Rankings can be found at: http://www.pgcrosschecker.com.

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For further information, go to www.ViennaSenators.com or contact the public relations intern, Kristin Pratt, at (703) 401-6416 or pratt.kristin@gmail.com.