Jammers No. 9 In Initial Rankings
Two Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League teams were included in the first edition of this year’s Collegiate Summer Baseball Top 30 rankings, as released by the online publication Thursday afternoon.
The West Division-leading Jamestown Jammers, who entered Thursday’s action sporting an 11-4 overall record, were tabbed the ninth-best summer team in the nation, the highest among the New York-based franchises included in this week’s poll. The Jammers have been getting it done on the mound and at the plate, as they led the league in both batting average (.288) and ERA (2.49) entering Thursday’s action. Christ Conley (Canisius College), who returned to Jamestown for his second season in the PGCBL, was crowned the Player of the Week for Week 1 and was recently highlighted in a feature written by Perfect Game USA.
On the opposite side of the state, the Albany Dutchmen were listed four spots below the Jammers at No. 13 in the Collegiate Summer Baseball rankings. The East Division leaders were tied with Jamestown for the best record in the PGCBL over the last 10 games entering Thursday at 8-2. They sat just behind the Jammers with the second-lowest team ERA in the circuit at 3.15 and boasted the league’s best fielding percentage at .961 entering Thursday’s play. Individually, Trace Tyre (Ole Miss) has climbed to second on the batting leaderboard with a .396 average, while Justin Bureau (Ave Maria) has established himself as one of the most reliable arms out of the bullpen with an unblemished 0.00 ERA and three saves in 8• innings.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League were the top-ranked team in the country with an 18-4 record followed by the Florence Redwolves (13-4) of the Coastal Plain League, the Ocean State Waves (7-1) of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (4-1) of the Cape Cod League and Top Speed Baseball (20-0) of the Golden State League. The Upper Valley Nighthawks (9-3) of the NECBL were sixth followed by the Waterloo Bucks (16-6) of the Northwoods League and the Alexandria Aces (12-2) of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
The Chillicothe Paints (13-6) of the Prospect League, of which Jamestown was a member two years ago, were ranked No. 15 while the Hornell Dodgers (12-4) of the New York Collegiate Baseball League were No. 28.
Collegiate Summer Baseball, or CSB for short, is dedicated to promoting summer ball throughout the country. The online publication currently covers 30 leagues and over 250 collegiate summer baseball teams nationwide. Each week throughout the summer season, CSB releases its list of the top summer teams in the country.