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2018 Summer Power Rankings: Fourth Edition

By WBC Staff, 07/09/18, 2:00PM CDT

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The final season of WIAA summer baseball is almost finished. The regular season is in the books, leaving only the playoffs left to be played before the book is closed on summer high school baseball in Wisconsin. Next year, all of these teams will make the switch to spring baseball.

These are our last-ever power rankings for the WIAA summer baseball season.

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical Order)

Germantown (18-10), Greendale (18-12), Howards Grove (15-5), Muskego (17-12), Pewaukee (19-11), Random Lake (23-7), West Bend East (18-9)

10. Plymouth

Last week: 9

The Panthers went 1-1 last week, leaving them with a 22-6 record entering the playoffs. They beat Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, but lost to Cedarburg. Plymouth is the No. 1 seed in its sectional and is the only top 10 team in that part of the bracket. Random Lake and Howards Grove, both honorable mentions this week, are the No. 2 and No. 3 seed there, respectively. Plymouth faces either Oostburg or Sheboygan Area Lutheran in its playoff opener.

9. Nicolet

Last week: 10

The Knights had a tough week scheduled last week, and emerged with a 2-2 record. They defeated Muskego (honorable mention this week) and Grafton. Their only losses came against No. 7 Kewaskum and Kettle Moraine. Nicolet is 17-10-1 entering the playoffs, where they are a No. 5 seed in their sectional. They host Shorewood in the first round on Tuesday.

8. Kettle Moraine

Last week: 7

The Lasers finished the regular season with a 5-1 week, bringing their record to 21-8. They wrapped up the Classic Eight Conference title with a win over Muskego (honorable mention this week), but also lost to the Warriors once and Whitefish Bay. They are the No. 3 seed in their sectional, which also features No. 1 Pius XI, No. 3 Sussex Hamilton and No. 5 Marquette. The Lasers face either Pewaukee or Waukesha West in the regional finals.

7. Kewaskum

Last week: 7

The Indians went 3-1 last week, defeating No. 8 Nicolet but losing to No. 6 West Bend West. They’re now 21-5 this season and are the top seed in their sectional, which is stacked. Among potential opponents the Indians could face on the road to state are No. 4 Menomonee Falls, No. 6 West Bend West, No. 9 Nicolet and Germantown (honorable mention this week). After a first-round bye, Kewaskum faces either Homestead or Cedarburg in its first postseason game.

6. West Bend West

Last week: 6

After losing three straight games two weeks ago, the Spartans bounced back with five wins last week. The highlight was an 11-8 win over No. 7 Kewaskum, which completed a season sweep of the Indians. The defending summer champions are the No. 3 seed in their sectional, giving them a first-round bye. They play either West Bend East or Port Washington on Wednesday.

5. Marquette

Last week: 5

The Hilltoppers went 2-1 to close out the regular season, picking up a win over No. 2 Oak Creek along the way to win their season series with the Knights. Marquette is 19-9 heading into Tuesday’s playoff matchup with Waukesha South. The Hilltoppers are the No. 4 seed in a sectional that also features No. 1 Pius XI, No. 3 Sussex Hamilton and No. 8 Kettle Moraine.

4. Menomonee Falls

Last week: 4

The Indians are 23-7 heading into the postseason. They went 3-1 last week, only losing to No. 3 Sussex Hamilton. They are the No. 2 seed in their sectional, which is loaded with top teams. There are four ranked teams in that part of the bracket, including No. 6 West Bend West, No. 7 Kewaskum and No. 9 Nicolet. Falls hosts either Grafton or Whitefish Bay in its playoff opener.

3. Sussex Hamilton

Last week: 3

The Chargers closed out the regular season with a 4-1 week to finish with a 21-8 record. They picked up a win over No. 4 Menomonee Falls at the Greater Metro Conference tournament, completing a regular season sweep of the Indians. Hamilton is the co-champion of the GMC and is the No. 2 seed in its sectional, only behind top-ranked Pius XI. Their first playoff game will be against the winner of the game between Brookfield East and Waukesha North.

2. Oak Creek

Last week: 2

The Knights will take a 21-8 record into the playoffs. They went 2-2 last week, dropping a game against No. 5 Marquette to lose their regular season series with the Hilltoppers 2-1, but picked up a nice win over Muskego (honorable mention this week). They are the co-champion of the Greater Metro Conference and the top seed in their sectional. They face either Franklin or West Allis Central in their postseason opener.

1. Pius XI

Last week: 1

The Popes will enter the postseason having gone from start to finish as the top-ranked team in the regular season. They are 26-3 after going 5-0 last week, and won both the Woodland East conference title and Woodland Conference tournament title. It’s hard to see anybody roughing up their pitching staff come playoff time. Sam Treffert is 6-0 with a 0.64 ERA, and TJ Driver is 5-0 and has posted a 0.20 ERA. At the plate, Gino D’Alessio is hitting .543 with 25 RBIs entering the postseason. They will face either Mukwonago or Wauwatosa East in their playoff opener on Wednesday. They’re the top seed and looking to go to state for the first time since 2001.

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