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06/26/2022 12:00 AM

Top Teams Take Defeats in Deep River Horseshoe League

Clinton Mike Beckwith posted the best score in the C Division to help the Rangers get a 5-1 win over the first-place Marlins as part of Week 8 play in the Deep River Horseshoe League. File photo by Kelley Fryer/Harbor News

The top three teams in the Deep River Horseshoe League all took 5-1 defeats during Week 8 play at the First Congregational Church on June 16. The Marlins remain in first place with a half-game lead over Pirates and Giants for the top spot in the league standings.

The Marlins lost to the Rangers by the final score of 5-1 in Week 8 action. Clinton resident Mark Goodale of the Marlins and Old Lyme Joe Heery of the Rangers split their head-to-head matchups in the contest. Goodale finished the night with 138 points, 11 ringers, and

6 doubles, while Heery posted 134 points to go with 27 ringers and 2 doubles. Mike Beckwith of Clinton helped the Rangers get the win by posting a personal-best series of 95 points, marking the best score for the C Division on the week.

Entering the week in second place, the Pirates took a

5-1 defeat versus the Cardinals. Frank Jolly of Old Saybrook turned in a solid 104 series to help the Pirates grab an early lead, but the Cardinals responded by winning the next five games to emerge victorious.

The Orioles, who came into the week in third place, dropped a 5-1 decision to the White Sox. Westbrook resident Dennis Allen of the White Sox was the second-leading scorer in the B Division with a season-best series of 119 points, including two games in the 30s with scores of 35 and 38.

In other action, the Giants posted a 6-0 sweep over the Mets to move into a second-place tie with the Pirates. Haddam resident Mike Zanelli, Sr., of the Giants recorded his best series of the year and led all scorers on the week with a 156 series. Zanelli, Sr., became the third player in the league to top the 150-point mark this season.

In a matchup between two of the best A Division players in the league, the Dodgers and the Padres battled to a 3-3 tie with Wethersfield resident Mike Didomizio of the Padres and Chester resident Andy Perna of the Dodgers notching nearly identical stats. Didomizio finished with the second-best score in the division with a

143 series, in addition to throwing 37 ringers and 6 doubles on the night. Perna also enjoyed a great performance by finishing with

142 points, marking the third-best score for A Division, to go along with 38 ringers and 6 doubles. Meanwhile, Hamden resident Butch Carotenuto of the Dodgers finished with the top total in the B Division by recording a 129 series in the contest.

Zanelli, Sr. (156), Didomizio (143), and Perna (142) led the way in the A Division for Week 8 play. Carotenuto (129) was followed by Allen (119) and Chester resident Jeremy Davis (106) in the top three among the B Division throwers. Mike Beckwith (95) was first for the C Division with Bob Beckwith of Guilford (90) in second and Keith Toohey (70) of Westbrook in third.

The Marlins are clinging tight to first place in the Deep River Horseshoe League with their record of 29.5-18.5 The Pirates and Giants are tied for the next spot in the standings with their respective marks of 29-19. The Rangers and White Sox are both 27-21 to round out the top five. Here is how the rest of the standings are shaping up at this time: Tigers (26-22), Orioles (25.5-22.5), Yankees (24-24), Cardinals (24-24), Dodgers (23-5.24-5), Red Sox (23-5.24-5), Royals (23-5.24-5), Padres (23-25), Reds (22-26), Braves (20-28), Cubs (19-29), Mets (18.5-29.5), and Angels (17-31).

Information courtesy of Deep River Horseshoe League

Jeremy Davis of Chester recorded a series of 106 to finish with the third-best total for the B Division during Week 8 action in the Deep River Horseshoe League. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier