Jammers Up To No. 10 In Rankings
The Jamestown Jammers have made a jump higher in CollegiateSummerBaseball.com’s Top 25 rankings.
After opening the summer at No. 17, the Jammers are now ranked No. 10.
The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (18-8-4) of the Cape Cod Baseball League are No. 1, followed by the Wareham Gatemen (18-11-1) of the same league. The Santa Barbara Foresters (30-3) of the California Collegiate League are No. 3 with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (16-10-2) of the Cape Cod Baseball League at No. 4 and the Morehead City Marlins (24-10) of the Coastal Plain League rounding out the top five.
Jamestown, which took a 25-10 record into its all-star break beginning Monday, is the only Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League team in the rankings.
Entering Monday, the Jammers led the West Division by 10 games over second-place Geneva. Manager Anthony Barone’s team is 18-1 at home and 7-9 on the road this summer.
Shortstop Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst University) leads the Jammers in hitting and is 15th in the league with a .349 average. Outfielder Chase Keng (University of Texas-San Antonio) is second on the team and 26th in the league in hitting at .316 while catcher Ben Livorsi (Saint Louis University) is fourth on the team with a .269 average. All three will represent Jamestown at the PGCBL All-Star game Wednesday at Dunn Field in Elmira.
O’Donnell is also third in the league in runs scored (36) while second baseman Rashad Stewart (Winston-Salem State University) is seventh in the league with 29 runs scored and Keng is 12th with 27 runs scored. Keng leads the league with six triples while first baseman Brandon Nania (Winston-Salem State University) is tied for fourth in the league with 30 RBIs.
As a team, the Jammers are first in walks (214), first in sacrifice flies (25), first in stolen bases (93), third in on-base percentage (.407) and third in runs scored (255).
Isaiah Moten (Cal State-Bakersfield), who will also participate in Wednesday’s festivities in Elmira, leads the Jamestown pitching staff in earned run average among qualified pitchers with a 3.25 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts, while striking out 19 in 36 innings pitched. Fellow all-star Ryan Boyer (University of Pittsburgh-Bradford) carries a 1.86 ERA in 14 appearances with 28 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched.
As a staff, Jamestown has allowed the fewest earned runs (126) and has the lowest WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) in the league while surrendering the second fewest home runs (12) and walks (146).
The Jammers return to action Thursday against Geneva at 7:05 p.m. before a home-and-home series with Newark beginning Friday at Colburn Park.