Rangers Make the Leap to 2nd Place in Deep River Horseshoe League
With six teams tied for second place entering the week, the Rangers moved into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in the standings following Week 5 action in the Deep River Horseshoe League on May 26. The Rangers posted a 6-0 sweep over the Cardinals to improve their record to 19.5-10.5 with a 2.5-game lead for second place in the league.
The Rangers topped the 300-point mark for the second time this year with season-high totals of 329 points, 78 ringers, and 11 doubles in their win against the Cardinals. Old Lyme resident Joe Heery turned in a season-best series with 136 points, 37 ringers, and 6 doubles to lead the Rangers to the victory. Frank Durinick of Higganum finished with the best series in the B Division with a 116 series, while Clinton resident Mike Beckwith's 77 series marked the second-best score in the C Division.
In a battle of brothers-in-law, Clinton resident Mark Goodale and the Marlins defeated Guilford resident Skip Robinson's Pirates by a 4-2 score to remain in first place by a game with a record of 20.5-9.5. Goodale set a new season-high score for A Division players with a 160 and now also has the season high for ringers in a game with 43.
In a father vs. son matchup, Haddam resident Mike Zanelli, Sr., and the Giants came away with a 3-3 split against Higganum's Mike Zanelli, Jr., and the Braves. The Giants are in fourth place with a record of 17-13.
Led by Bill Beckwith of Old Lyme, the Red Sox notched a 5-1 win over the White Sox to take their second-straight contest by a 5-1 score. The Red Sox moved up from 10th place to seventh place in the standings, while the White Sox dropped from second place to ninth place.
Guilford resident Bill Black of the Yankees equaled his performance from the previous week with just 1 open box in 4 games. Black was the leading scorer in the C Division with a 97 series and also set a personal-best high game with 32 ringers and 9 doubles, helping the Yankees earn a 5-1 win versus the Mets.
Following Goodale's high series of 160 in the A Division, Mike Didomizio of Wethersfield posted the second-best score with a 143, and Tony Cutone of Essex finished with the third-highest total at 140. For the B Division, Deep River resident Cody Layton posted the top series of the week with a 118 and was followed by Durinick (116) and Chester resident Gary Stevens (102). Black's 87 led the way in the C Division with Mike Beckwith of Old Lyme (77) and Marlborough resident Anthony Conkling (73) next in line.
Following the Marlins (20.5-9.5) and the Rangers (19.5-10.5) in the top two spots, the Dodgers are in third place in the league standings with a record of 17.5-12.5. The Giants and the Orioles are tied for fourth place with their records of 17-13. Here is a gander at the rest of the standings: Tigers (16.5-13.5), Red Sox (16.5-13.5), Pirates (16-14), White Sox (15-15), Yankees (15-15), Cardinals (14-16), Cubs (14-16), Padres (14-16), Reds (12.5-17.5), Braves (12-18), Royals (11.5-18.5), Angels (10.5-19.5), and Mets (10-20).
Information courtesy of the Deep River Horseshoe League