The American Legion baseball postseason begins this week, as teams across three Classes seek state championships. These are our final power rankings of the summer, as selected by Wisconsin Baseball Central staff. The top 10 ranks teams regardless of which Class they are in. The top five for all three Classes can be found at the bottom of the page.
Ahnapee (9-3), Antigo (15-8), Green Bay Southwest (14-8), Kewaunee County (15-4), Marshfield (20-12), Plover (23-13), Prairie du Chien (16-4), Rhinelander (16-1), River Falls (14-4), Superior (21-8), Viroqua (26-12), Waupun (15-2), Wisconsin Rapids (18-5)
Post 38 had a rough week, going 1-3 and losing all of their games at their home tournament. Their record sits at 16-8 entering the postseason, where they are in a tough regional at Oshkosh. The third-ranked hosts will be the favorite there, and Post 38 faces a solid Neenah squad in its opener.
Holmen remains the top-ranked Class AA team in the state. The defending state champions are 22-8 this summer, but have the misfortune of being drawn in the same regional as the No. 2-ranked team in Class AA: Onalaska. At least one of those two teams will be staying home when the state tournament gets going. Holmen faces Tomah in its regional opener.
Marinette went 2-2 last week to bring its record to 19-7 this season. They have an automatic berth to the Class AAA state tournament as the hosts, so it doesn’t matter how they perform at regionals. They still will play in them though. They head to Manitowoc, where they will face either Green Bay Southwest (14-8, honorable mention this week) or Manitowoc (8-14) in their opener. Besides Marinette, those two are the other favorites to win the regional title.
Eau Claire has won two tournament titles in a row after taking home the championship from the Plover tournament over the weekend. Post 53 is 19-7 on the season and finishes its regular season with a game against River Falls (honorable mention) tonight. Eau Claire’s regional is as tough as it gets, featuring No. 2 Chippewa Falls and Superior (honorable mention). Post 53 has the most pitching depth of anybody in the regional, and arguably the state, so that might make them the favorite to return to the Class AAA state tournament, where they’re the defending champion.
Post 75 went 5-2 last week to bring its record to 22-7 this year. They were the only team to defeat No. 6 Eau Claire at a tournament in Plover over the weekend, a tourney Eau Claire won. Fond du Lac heads to regional play in Watertown this weekend, where they will be the only ranked team competing. They take on Oconomowoc in their opener, and then face either Hartford (10-7) or Watertown (10-9).
De Pere finished 3-2 at the Gopher Classic last weekend after a 3-0 start. That brings its record to 21-6 this season. De Pere is in a balanced regional at Sheboygan this weekend, where they are the favorites to move on. Also fighting for a spot at state will be Sheboygan, Green Bay Shockers and Green Bay Blue Jays, all teams that have played around .500 this season.
Oshkosh has bounced back from a stretch in which they lost three of four games by going 2-1 last week. They’re 21-4 this summer and host what could be a tricky regional. Neenah, a team they lost to last week, is in that bracket, as well as No. 10 Appleton Post 38. Oshkosh will be the favorite to move on the AAA state tournament though.
Post 77 is 18-3 this summer after reaching the Round of 16 at the Gopher Classic tournament. The tournament field featured 96 teams, and Chippewa Falls was one of the last 16 teams remaining after a few days of play. Their regional is undoubtedly the toughest in Class AAA. It features defending state champion and sixth-ranked Eau Claire as well as Superior, an honorable mention this week. Time will tell if Post 77 can run the gauntlet on its home field.
Beloit takes over the No. 1 spot in the rankings entering regionals. They’re 21-3-1 this summer and have won 10 in a row. They went undefeated at a tournament in Fort Atkinson over the weekend to win the title. Their regional features Madison (14-10), Hartland (10-6) and Lake Geneva, so Beloit figures to be the favorite to reach the Class AAA state tournament in Marinette.
1. Beloit (21-3-1)
2. Chippewa Falls (18-3)
3. Oshkosh (21-4)
4. De Pere (21-6)
5. Fond du Lac (22-7)
1. Holmen (22-8)
2. Onalaska (26-8)
3. Rhinelander (16-1)
4. Kewaunee County (15-4)
5. River Falls (14-4)
1. Waupun (15-2)
2. Viroqua (26-12)
3. Prairie du Chien (16-4)
4. Black River Falls (12-3 as of July 5)
5. Ripon (11-4)
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