Deep River Horseshoes kicks off 66th season
03/05/2021 09:09 am EST • Last update 03/05/2021 13:07 pm
The Deep River Horseshoe League (DRHL) is back to its regular lineup after opening its 2021 season at Deep River First Congregational Church Green on April 29.
In 2020, the DRHL was unable to start its season on time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year marks the 66th season for the DRHL, and the league continues its streak as the longest horseshoe league in the state of Connecticut.
The weather barely cooperated, but the DRHL were able to kick off the season with 18 teams and a full 17-week season after having just 16 teams and 10 weeks of play last year.
Reverend Timothy Haut of the Deep River Congregational Church welcomed everyone and was happy to see the DRHL back on the green. During the Reverend’s annual blessing, the DRHL observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the league players who died during the offseason: Cris Christensen, Don Grohs and Bill Strong.
After that dark moment, it was time to throw on some shoes.
Mark Goodale posted a score of 146 as his Marlins, who also include Karen Perna and Gerry Hines, swept the Padres 6-0.
The Marlins were able to claim exclusive possession of the top spot with the win.
Other notable performances included Mike Zanelli, Sr. of the Giants, who was the top player in Division A with 164 points thanks in part to his 48 banders.
Andy Perna of the Reds had the highest point total among Division B players with a score of 120 points, while Perna took first place for Division C players with 101 points.
The Marlins’ 6-0 record puts them in first place after last week’s action. They are closely followed by the Rangers and Giants, who are tied for second place with their respective records of 5-1. The Mets are in third place with a 4.5-1.5 record, while the Cardinals, Tigers, Pirates and Dodgers are four for fourth place at 4-2.
The rest of the standings are as follows: Reds (3-3), Braves (3-3), Angels (2-4), Royals (2-4), White Sox (2-4), Red Sox (2- 4 ), Orioles (1..5-4.5), Orioles (1.5-4.5), Cubs (1-5), Yankees (1-5) and Padres (0-6).