The 2018 American Legion baseball season is underway, and as usual, Wisconsin is home to plenty of good teams. Who's the best of the best? This is the second edition of our Legion power rankings of the season. The top 10 teams are ranked regardless of Class, and the top five teams in all Classes can be found at the bottom of the page. Rankings are chosen by Wisconsin Baseball Central staff.
Hartford (5-2), Holmen (13-6), Kewaunee County (12-0), Marshfield (11-6), Onalaska (15-7), Prairie du Chien (9-2), River Falls (11-4), Superior (13-4), Viroqua (18-8), Waupun (6-2), Wisconsin Rapids (9-3)
Post 53 went 4-2 last week, losing games against No. 3 Chippewa Falls and a strong team from Las Vegas. They split a doubleheader with Vegas, and took care of business against everybody else during the weekend at the Chippewa Falls wood bat tournament. The defending Class AAA state champs are now 10-5 this year. They have a rematch with Chippewa Falls on the 4th of July, and also host the River City Classic tournament this weekend.
Hartland only slipped in the rankings due to a relatively uneventful week. Post 294 won its only game of the week, beating Hartford 5-4 thanks to Alex Tanke’s walk-off single. That brought their record to 6-1 on the season. They resume action with two games this week, highlighted by a matchup with No. 4 Beloit on Thursday.
Post 75 reached the semifinals of a big Firecracker tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, last weekend to bring their record to 13-5 this summer. A loss in the semifinals snapped a six-game win streak. They’ve got a chance to start a new streak against some good competition this week: they have games against No. 7 Appleton and No. 1 Oshkosh on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Post 38 is red hot, entering this week having won seven in a row and 12 of its last 13. That’s helped them recover from a 0-3 start to be 12-4 at this point in the year. They are 2-3 against ranked teams this summer, with the two wins coming against No. 8 Fond du Lac and No. 10 Eau Claire. They opened the season with a tough three-game stretch against No. 1 Oshkosh, No. 2 De Pere and No. 6 Marinette, dropping all three. They’ll look to stay hot with games against Appleton DoubleDays, Fond du Lac, Hortonville and Oshkosh this week.
Marinette won its home Firecracker tournament last weekend and has a 13-4 record this summer. Their pitching allowed just four runs in four games at the tournament, and tossed two shutouts. They’ve held opponents to two runs or fewer in 11 games this year. They’ve beaten some good teams this season, including No. 2 De Pere and No. 7 Appleton Post 38.
Plover impressively finished as runner-up of a big tournament in Rochester, Minnesota last weekend. The Black Sox are 18-8 this summer, and have wins over the likes of No. 3 Chippewa Falls, No. 10 Eau Claire and Holmen (honorable mention this week). They’ve scored at least nine runs in five consecutive games. Antigo and D.C. Everest are on the schedule this week.
Beloit was able to beat everybody but No. 1 Oshkosh last week. They went 5-2, with both losses coming against the top-ranked team in the state at the Stevens Point Firecracker tournament. They are now 11-3-1 on the season. The biggest game on their slate this week is a matchup with No. 9 Hartland on Thursday night.
Post 77 went undefeated to win its home wood bat tournament this weekend to push their record to 13-1 this summer. The weekend was highlighted by a 7-4 win over defending AAA state champion No. 10 Eau Claire. They’ve also got wins over No. 5 Plover and Holmen, the No. 2 team in Class AA. They have a rematch with Eau Claire on the 4th of July, and host a doubleheader against La Crosse Post 52 on Saturday.
De Pere went 4-1 last week, bringing their record to 16-4 this summer. They beat Sheboygan twice and took one game apiece from Kimberly and Bay Port, but lost to Green Bay Southwest. They remain the team to beat in the greater Green Bay area. Their Escanaba (Mich.) tournament championship is still an impressive benchmark, as they defeated regional power Midland (Mich.) in the title game. They have a rematch with Southwest this week.
Oshkosh remains an easy choice for the No. 1 team in the state. Last year’s Class AAA state runner-up is undefeated at 17-0 this summer. They won the Stevens Point Firecracker tournament last weekend, defeating No. 4 Beloit twice along the way to the title. They’ve also beaten No. 2 De Pere and No. 7 Appleton Post 38 this year. Oshkosh is strong in all facets of the game. They’ve scored an average of 9.8 runs per game while holding opponents to 2.7 runs per game. They face No. 8 Fond du Lac on Friday and have a doubleheader against always-tough Madison on Saturday.
Dropped from the rankings: Madison (8-7).
1. Oshkosh (17-0)
2. De Pere (16-4)
3. Chippewa Falls (13-1)
4. Beloit (11-3-1)
5. Plover (18-8)
1. Kewaunee County (12-0)
2. Holmen (13-6)
3. River Falls (11-4)
4. Onalaska (15-7)
5. Ahnapee (6-2)
1. Prairie du Chien (9-2)
2. Viroqua (18-8)
3. Waupun (6-2)
4. Mosinee (4-1)
Note: A lack of reported results so far has made ranking the top five in Class A undoable.