VIENNA SENATORS RISE IN PG CROSSCHECKER RANKINGS
VIENNA, Va. July 31 —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 6th 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 took the CGL Championship Title with a record of 41-5 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 and moved up to the number 11 spot on July 22. 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, until now.
The Senators are now in Wichita , Kansas competing in the National Baseball Congress World Series. This is 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 29; previous ranking in parentheses:
1. Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (1) Cape Cod 26-10-1
All-stars Beckham (.308-8-29) and Cassavechia (1-1, 0.83, 10 SV) continue to lead Cape League in homers and saves.
2. Santa Barbara Foresters (2) California 43-8
Reigning NBC World Series champs won Cal Collegiate League title on final day of season, ready to defend NBC crown.
3. Green Bay Bullfrogs (3) Northwoods 37-16
Portland 1B Danny Meier (.325-9-38) providing the power, Concordia , Calif. , OF Dan Robertson (.330-3-26, 40 SB) the speed.
4. Bourne Braves (5) Cape Cod 22-13-2
Cape all-stars T.J. Hose (4-2, 1.35) from East Carolina and Jordan Flasher (2-0, 1.45, 8 SV) from George Mason lead staff.
5. Chatham A's (7) Cape Cod 21-13-3
Wake Forest 1B Allan Dykstra (.316-3-25) and UCLA 3B Jermaine Curtis (.324-3-22) provide punch on infield corners.
6. Vienna Senators (11) Clark Griffith 39-5
Tulane LHP Aaron Loup (8-0, 0.98) and Pepperdine RHP Nate Newman (6-0, 1.80) are 1-2 punch for 10-time AAABA champs.
7. Edenton Steamers (NR) Coastal Plain 33-13
RHPs Zach Groh ( Binghamton ) and J.P. Primus (N.C. A&T) are a combined 12-0, 1.21 for Steamers, winners of 12 in row.
8. Derby Twins (12) Jayhawk 33-13
Northern Iowa OF Dane Embury (.290-8-33) leads Jayhawk League champs back to NBC Series after No. 2 finish in 2006.
9. Fayetteville Swampdogs (4) Coastal Plain 36-12
Swampdogs slip a bit, but Illinois duo of Aaron Martin (7-0, 1.50) and Ben Reeser (6-0, 1.40) still remain unbeaten.
10. Mat-Su Miners (15) Alaska 24-11
Southern Miss 1B Michael Ewing (.312-5-26), San Diego Mesa CC RHP Max Peterson (4-0, 1.39) help Miners battle for title.
11. Glens Falls Golden Eagles (NR) New York 33-6
Red-hot Eagles, winners of 11 of 12, getting big pitching production from St. Petersburg JC's Thomas Meagher (5-0, 1.47).
12. Falmouth Commodores (10) Cape Cod 19-18
Wichita State 3B Conor Gillaspie (.372-7-21) leads Cape in hitting, Missouri RHP Aaron Crow (3-1, 0.52) in ERA.
13. Waynesboro Generals (12) Valley 30-13
Butler RHP Jon Dages (6-2, 2.55) and Belmont RHP Jimmy Stanley (1-0, 1.55, 11 SV) key arms for first-place Generals.
14, Holyoke Giants (NR) New England 24-16
Giants get big year from San Jose State SS Kyle Bellows (.344-3-19), in battle for NECBL honors with Newport Gulls.
15. Delaware Cows (NR) Great Lakes 25-14
Red-hot Cows replace slumping Lima Locos in rankings; Furman RHP Jay Jackson (5-0, 1.96) heads pitching staff.
16. Moses Lake Pirates (13) West Coast 25-11
Long Beach State RHP Dan Wolford (2-0, 1.40, 10 SV, 19 IP/37 SO) has been dominant in relief role for Pirates.