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05/25/2022 12:00 AM

Six Teams Tied for Second in Deep River Horseshoe League

Chester resident Gary Stevens racked up 13 ringers as part of a big night for the Pirates’ shoe pitchers during Week 4 play in the Deep River Horseshoe League. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

The Marlins took their second-straight loss by dropping a 3.5-2.5 decision against the Dodgers during Week 4 action in the Deep River Horseshoe League, but still remain atop the standings by 2.5 games over six teams that are tied for second place. Despite the cool and damp weather, the pits were like pitching to clay and overall scoring was up in all three divisions when Week 4 play took place at the First Congregational Church on May 19.

Clinton resident Mark Goodale of the Marlins set a new league season high for the best series by scoring a 148 in Week 4, putting him in the lead among all A Division players. Haddam resident Mike Zanelli, Sr., of the Giants set league season highs for both ringers (38) and doubles (10) in a series, ultimately finishing third in the A Division with a series of 140.

Guilford resident Bill Beckwith of the Red Sox was the second-leading scorer among A Division players with 143 points, 37 ringers, and 7 doubles using his double-barrel approach. Beckwith's teammate, Cody Layton of Deep River, was the second-leading scorer for the B Division with a season-best performance of 113 points and 29 ringers, including a 39-point, 10-ringer game. Their teammate, Mike Mercier of Hamden, a first-year C Division player, also turned in a season-best performance that was highlighted by a 59-point, 7-ringer game.

Wethersfield resident Mike Didomizio of the Pirates turned in a season-best series that included 129 points, 31 ringers, and 5 doubles. He also set a league season high for points in a game with 46. Didomizio's teammate, Chester resident Gary Stevens, a B Division player, had 85 points with 13 ringers on a season-best night. Their teammate, Norwich resident Keith Fontaine, a first-year player in the C Division, recorded 74 points with 11 ringers and 3 doubles in his best performance of the season.

Guilford resident Bill Black of the Yankees was the top C Division player of the night with 93 points. In his four games, Black had just one open box, and the other three were perfect. Black is tied for the fewest open boxes in the league through the first four weeks.

Goodale (148), Beckwith (143), and Zanelli, Sr. (140) were the leading scorers in the A Division during Week 4 play. Butch Carotenuto of Hamden led the B Division with a 120 and was followed by Layton (113) and Chester resident Jeremy Davis (105). Black posted the top score in the C Division with a 93, followed by Higganum resident Paul Stevens (78) and East Haven resident John O'Brien (77).

The first-place Marlins have a mark of 16.5-7.5 on the year. There are six teams tied for second place in the standings with their records of 14-10. Those teams are the Pirates, Giants, Cardinals, White Sox, Dodgers, and Tigers. The rest of the pack is as follows: Rangers (13.5-10-5), Orioles (13-11), Red Sox (11.5-12.5), Cubs (11-13), Padres (11-13), Yankees (10-14), Royals (9.5-14.5), Reds (9.5-14.5), Braves (9-15), Mets (9-15), and Angels (7.5-16.5).

Information courtesy of the Deep River Horseshoe League