Deep River Horseshoes ready for second half slugfest
By Chris Negrini / Zip06.com • 02/07/2021 04:00 EST
The Deep River Horseshoe League (DRHL) recently passed the middle of the regular season, and there is still a lot to play with with most of the teams still in contention. A year after an abridged season that started late due to COVID-19, the DRHL has an array of players pitting pins in the pits in the league’s 66th season, making it the longest-running league of the state of Connecticut.
After the action of Week 9, the Reds maintained their place at the top of the table thanks to the consistent play of their players from Divisions A, B and C. In Week 8, the second place was tied at three, but that gave way to a tie at three for fifth place after week 9. The top 8 teams in the league advance to the playoffs, and there are only 3.5 of them. matches separating eighth place and 15th place.
To maintain their top spot, the Reds beat the Giants and hold a 1.5 game advantage over the Marlins. The Marlins placed second, beating the Pirates, who fell to fourth. The Dodgers managed to part ways with the Orioles to stay in third place. The Cardinals remained in fifth place after a tough week, narrowly avoiding a sweep from the Yankees, who dropped from 14th to ninth place. The Angels swept the Braves out for fifth place, and the Red Sox went 5-1 against the Tigers to tie that fifth-place knot. The Royals hold the final playoff position in 8th place.
The Marlins’ Mark Goodale, who lives in Clinton, had an outstanding score of 173 thanks to two of his four games in the 50s through 51 and 54. In those two fights, Goodale pitched 16 rings with a total of 51 rings on the week. Goodale’s 173 was good for the top A players, and it was the highest score in five years. Goodale also had the highest score in Week 8 with 153 points ahead of Mike Zanelli of the Giants, the 146 seniors. The two-week run propelled Goodale to the top of the league with 1325 points to overtake Zanelli, Sr., who lives in Haddam.
While this high score is surprising, nothing about Goodale or Zanelli, Sr.’s overall performance surprised DRHL media liaison and statistician Joe Heery, who lives at Old Lyme and plays for the Rangers. Heery was impressed with the play of some of the league’s B and C Division players like Andy Perna of Chester, a B player for the Reds, Ed Turner of Deep River, a B player for the Red Sox, Bob Cifaldi of Deep River , a B player for the Yankees, Sheryl Serviss of Deep River, a C player for the Pirates, Karen Perna of Chester, a C player for the Marlins, and Scott Allen, Jr. of Deep River, a C player for the Dodgers.
“There are no surprises with Mark or Mike. They are consistent. The biggest surprise is seeing some of the B payers like Andy Perna, Ed Turner, Bob Cifaldi. Andy has been a leading scorer over the past few weeks, ”said Heery. “In C are Sheryl Serviss, Karen Perna and Scott Allen Jr., and they sure won’t be C players next year. As the new season approaches, we are mixing to balance the teams so that we have equal handicaps, but after last season we decided to keep everything the same.
Behind Goodale in Week 9 was Old Lyme’s Billy Beckwith, who plays for the Red Sox, with a score of 139. John Sciacca of the Royals, who lives in Chester, came in third with a score of 129. Cifaldi a led all B. players in week 9 with a score of 119, ahead of Ed Turner’s 114. Damin Roberts of the Angels, who lives in Cromwell, had the third best score with 109. As for the Cs, Serviss led all C (and B) scorers with 124, while Karen Perna scored 89 and second. square. In third was Deb Scully of the Tigers, who lives in East Hartford, with a score of 83.
The DRHL maintains a handicap for each player which is updated throughout the season, and which even helps the playing field so that players of all skill levels can compete. While A players are always pitted against other A players, there can be significant differences between players in the same division. For example, an absolute beginner throwing for the first time in competition may find themselves facing a C player who has been throwing for years, and the DRHL wants to allow as many players to throw a shoe as they want.
“There are still a lot of new players coming. Jim Weselcouch on the Reds was a joy to watch. He started his best game of the season. He was excited about it and it motivates him to continue as a freshman. It’s nice to see someone setting a new standard for themselves, ”Heery said. “We also need new members. Some players go out for a week but no longer show up. They’re frustrated, but you can’t throw 100 the first time around. I started as a C and worked my way up. There have been quite a few players who have done it by playing and training. You have to be a beginner to reach the big ones. “
In general, Heery conducted finer data analyzes to determine which trends affected match results. Heery explained the impact of open boxes, which are frames in a game where the pitcher doesn’t register any points. Each frame, a pitcher throws two shoes, and there are 12 frames in a game and six games in a game. Each player on a team will play a total of four matches with a teammate against their opposing team counterparts. Landing a ringer is worth three points, and landing a shoe in the dirt near the pin is worth one point. Doing nothing does not earn the pitcher any points or an open box.
“We’ve had 153 games this year where there weren’t any open boxes, or what I call a clean game. Of course you can tie that to the score of successful teams because the Marlins are in second place and have the most games with no open boxes at 25, ”said Heery. “When I look for them, I specifically choose the A players because they are the best players in the league. If you look at the fewest open squares the Marlins, Dodgers, and Pirates are the top team scorers, but if you look at the Cubs they have very few open squares and are ninth in team scores. They throw a lot of them and not a lot of ringtones.
The full standings after week 9 are as follows: Reds (35.5-18.5), Marlins (34-20), Dodgers (33-21), Pirates (32-22), Cardinals (29-25), Angels (29-25), Red Sox (29-25), Royals (27-27), Yankees (27-27), Rangers (26-28), Tigers (26-28), Braves (25-29), Cubs (24.5-29.5), Orioles (24-20), Giants (24-30), Padres (21.5-32.5), White Sox (20-34), Mets (19.5- 34.5).
Heery knows the playoffs are fast approaching and the competition can intensify as the season continues, but one somewhat disturbing trend has been the number of substitutes and blind scores teams have had to. use this year. Since COVID-19 put the brakes on many people’s plans last summer, there are quite a few players who have travel plans and other commitments that conflict with the games.
“We have 17 games. It’s the second half now. People are really working to get into the playoffs. It would be nice to have a full supplement all the time. It really impacted a lot of teams, ”said Heery. “It changes things. With a replacement player, you never know what can happen. Rudy Urban replaced the Giants and threw an 82. Bill Black of the Cubs threw an 86. You have someone not throwing, that could be a blind score, which is below their average. It’s hard.
While anything can happen in the second half of the season, Heery believes that the crème de la crème of DRHL has already been announced. It will be a question of who can challenge them in the playoffs.
“My frontline prediction is that I pick the Marlins, Dodgers and Pirates as the top three teams. I think they will be there at the end of the season. The cards have to get by. They are 6.5 games away from first place after just 1.5 games a few weeks ago, but they have held up some teams, ”said Heery. “For me personally, my goal is to make the playoffs. I want to be there. I am working to improve my game.