The Vienna Senators broke into the National Summer Rankings and are currently ranked 13th in the PG Crosschecker Summer 16 Rankings. Last year Vienna finished 14 th in the rankings of all college summer league teams from all the major collegiate summer circuits across the country, the highest the Senators have ever been ranked in the poll is 10th.
Along with the Senators several likely opponents in the NBC World Series also made the current rankings. The Santa Barbara Forressters are ranked #2, Mat Su Miners are ranked #5, Lima Loco's #6, and the Derby Twins #12. With many teams in the PG rankings that will be likely participants in the NBC World Series this August it should be quit a showdown in Wichita.
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Yarmouth-Dennis Maintains Grip Atop Rankings
The power of the Cape Cod League is evident in the latest version of PG Crosschecker's rankings of the nation's top summer college league teams. For the third straight time, theCape's Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox are No. 1. In all, four Cape Cod League teams are in the latest rankings. Only the Coastal Plain League (two) has more than one team.
The Red Sox, winners of two of the last three Cape Cod playoff championships, continue to hold a comfortable lead atop the Cape's Eastern Division race. Shortstop Gordon Beckham, a rising junior at Georgia , has been the top offensive player for Y-D and the league's best overall performer. Beckham was hitting .313 with a league-high eight homers.
PG Crosschecker's ranking of the top 16 summer league teams. Records as of July 15; previous ranking in parentheses:
1. Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (1) Cape Cod 18-8-1
Led by Beckham, Y-D leads Cape in batting (.274) and has almost twice as many homers as league's second-best club.
2. Santa Barbara Foresters (4) California 31-5
Defending NBC World Series champs are primed to repeat; Oklahoma State OF Rebel Ridling (.407-6-25) swinging hot bat.
3. Fayetteville Swampdogs (2) Coastal Plain 31-6
Illinois twosome of Aaron Martin (5-0, 1.02) and Ben Reeser (5-0, 0.92) has Swampdogs on roll at league's All-Star break.
4. Green Bay Bullfrogs (6) Northwoods 29-11
Division III pitchers lead Bullfrogs staff: Carthage 's Chris Krepline (5-1, 2.72), Chapman's Kurt Yacko (2-0, 0.00, 11 SV).
5. Mat-Su Miners (5) Alaska 18-5
Miners have 1.88 team ERA, led by Washington's Jason Erickson (3-0, 0.84), Santa Clara 's Alex Rivers (3-1, 1.14).
6. Bourne Braves (3) Cape Cod 15-10-2
East Carolina's T.J. Hose (3-1, 0.42) tied for league ERA lead; Stetson OF Brian Pruitt (.291-3-22) second in RBIs.
7. Lima Locos (12) Great Lakes 20-6
Purdue's Matt Bischoff (3-0, 1.33), Morehead State's J.R. Peck (10 SV), Ball State 's Adam Quinn (4-0, 2.18) pace staff.
8. Chatham A's (8) Cape Cod 14-11-2
UCLA pair of 3B Jermaine Curtis (.323-2-15) and RHP Charles Brewer (1-1, 2.74) making an impact at plate, on mound.
9. Waynesboro Generals (10) Valley 25-9
Butler's Jon Dages (6-0, 1.10), Tennessee Tech's Adam Liberatore (4-1, 3.25), Belmont 's Jimmy Stanley (9 SV) top staff.
10. Falmouth Commodores (NR) Cape Cod 14-13
Six straight wins, league's top hitter (Wichita State's Conor Gillaspie), ERA leader (Missouri 's Aaron Crow) has team on roll
11. Torrington Twisters (NR) New England 17-9
San Diego State 2B Garett Green (.348-0-19), Stony Brook's Gary Novakowski (3-2, 1.65) help Twisters to best record.
12. Derby Twins Jayhawk 27-9
2006 NBC World Series runners-up continues to set hot pace atop Jayhawk League standings.
13. Vienna Senators Clark Griffith 27-4
Tulane pair of 1B Sam Honeck (.350-10-28) and LHP Aaron Loup (6-0, 1.15) pace Senators to best record in summer ball.
14. Moses Lake Pirates West Coast 19-8
Pirates getting strong efforts from Oral Roberts' Dale Reneau (4-0, 1.21), Washington State 's Michael Ratigan (2-1, 2.68).
15. Thomasville Hi-Toms Coastal Plain 27-11
Hi-Toms boast league HR co-leaders: Georgia 1B Rich Poythress (.326-11-37), The Citadel OF Chris Swauger (.304-11-35).
16. McKinney Marshals Texas 15-8
Rice's Jon Runnells (3-0, 0.70), Kansas State 's Justin Murray (3-1, 0.91) pace TCL's best pitching staff.