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06/12/2022 12:00 AM

Action Heating Up in Deep River Horseshoe League

Chester resident Andy Perna put forth one of the top performances of the season in the Deep River Horseshoe League during Week 6 play on June 6. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

After the rains came and postponed recent play in the Deep River Horseshoe League by a couple of days, Week 6 action took place on the green at the First Congregational Church on June 6. With one-third of the regular season complete, the Marlins remain in first place with their record of 24.5-11.5 after earning a 4-2 win versus the Tigers last week.

Thus far this season, Clinton resident Mark Goodale of the Marlins is the league's leading scorer among A Division players after posting a high series of 158 during Week 6 play. Goodale is also in the top three of five of the six main statistical categories, which are points, ringers, and doubles in a series, along with points, ringers, and doubles in game. Butch Carotenuto of Hamden is in the top three of all six categories in the B Division, and Paul Stevens of Higganum leads in five of the six categories for the C Division throwers.

Week 6 action saw the Pirates sweep the Rangers by a 6-0 score to move into second place with a record of 22-14. The Pirates scored 325 points as a team and collected a league season-high of 81 ringers in the victory, led by Stevens's series of 98, marking the top score in the C Division.

The Royals notched a 6-0 sweep over the Cubs, who saw John Hutra of East Haddam return to the pits after being sidelined for a few weeks. Hutra's 130 series was the third-leading score in the A Division.

The Orioles moved into a second-place tie with the Pirates at 22-14 after scoring a 5-1 win against the Red Sox. Deep River resident Cody Layton of the Red Sox recorded a 104 series to lead the B Division on the week.

Chester resident Andy Perna of the Dodgers turned in one of the league's best performances of the 2022 season in a 3-3 split versus the Cardinals. Perna set the league high for points in a game with 48 and also had the second-best series in the league with 151 points, 40 ringers, and 9 doubles. Perna is only the second person to top the 150-point mark and to also have two 40-point games in a series thus far this season. Perna was the second-leading scorer behind Goodale in the A Division on the week with his 151.

For the first time this season, 17 of the 18 players in the A Division topped the 100-point mark. Collectively, the A Division players averaged a season-high of 120 points.

Following Goodale (158) and Perna (151), John Scaicca of Chester had the third-best series in the A Division with a 130. Right behind Layton (104) in the B Division were Waterford resident Warren Bellows (102) and Killingworth resident Todd Nuhn (99). Placing behind Stevens (98) atop the C Division were Guilford resident Bill Black and Dave Atkinson of Deep River with their respective scores of 81.

With the Marlins (24.5-11.5) in first and the Orioles (22-14) and Pirates (22-14) tied for second, the Dodgers are next in the league standings with a record of 20.5-15.5, good for fourth place. The Giants are in fifth place at 20-16. Here is how the rest of the standings are looking: Rangers (19.5-16.5), White Sox (19-17), Tigers (18.5-17.5), Yankees (18-18), Padres (18-18), Red Sox (17.5-18.5), Royals (17.5-18.5), Cardinals (17-19), Mets (14.5-21.5), Cubs (14-22), Reds (14-22), Braves (14-22), and Angels (12.5-23.5).

Information courtesy of Deep River Horseshoe League