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Hammond, Pike, Ewart top weekly Doug’s Tavern Indoor Horseshoe League honors; Strate’s Construction wins title

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HEUVELTON - The Strate Construction team of Rick Strate, Dike Pike, Ron Zoeller, Bub Conant, Tony Simmons and Casey Bill captured first place with a 99-63 mark and 977 Team Ringers on the season for first place in the Doug’s Tavern Winter Horseshoe League, a fixture in the North Country sports scene since 1988.

Nig’s Tavern was second on the year with a 83-69 mark and 918 ringers. Dawson’s Meat Cutting was third with 83-79 and 915 ringers.

During league play, Mert Haynes had the best average with a 38.79 and Most Individual Ringers with 336. Jim Conant had the high triple with a 27-48 and posted the top single with a 12-16. Dick Pike earned the Most Wins with 42 while Tom Dawson improved his average by 9.5 as the Most Improved Pitcher.

Mark Smith won the league’s Sportsmanship award while Jr. Mack earned the Horses Butt Award for Most Decreased Average at -2.95.

In the final week of the season, Steve Hammond entered the top triple with Dick Pike at 18-for-50 while Hammond and Ray Ewart shared top single at 8-for-16.

Strate Construction and Dawson’s Meat Cutting had the best ringers on the week with 62 as Strate Construction won 5-4 over Dawson’s and captured the regular season title with a 99-63 mark over Nig’s Tavern posted a 7-2 win over Girard’s Limo Service.

FinalWeek Results: Stiles Sand and Gravel 6 - Ogdensburg Bowl 3, Strate Construction 5 - Dawson’s Meat Cutting 4, Nig’s Tavern 7 - Girard’s Limo Service 2, Doug’s Tavern bye.

Final Week Team Ringers: Strate Construction 62, Dawson’s Meat Cutting 62, Nig’s Tavern 50.

Final Week High Triple: Steve Hammond 18-50, Dick Pike 18-50, Mert Haynes 16-48, Tom Dawson 15-48, Jr. Mack 15-48.

Final Week High Single: Steve Hammond 8-16, Ray Ewart 8-16, Dick Pike 7-16, Mert Haynes 7-16, Tom Dawson 6-16, Jr. Mack 6-16, Jim Newvine 6-16, Tony Simmons 6-16, Rick Strate 6-16, Roger Brothers 6-16, Bob Breen 6-16, Ron Stiles 5-16, Bub Conant 5-16, Hugh Reynolds 5-16, Jim Conant 5-16, Scott Lomoglio 5-16.

Final Standings: Strate Construction 99-63, Nig’s Tavern 93-69, Dawson’s Meat Cutting 83-79, Stiles Sand and Gravel 82-80, Ogd. Bowl 82-80, Girard’s Limo Service 67-95, Doug’s Tavern 61-101.

Season Leaderboard

High Average: Mert Haynes 38.79, Dick Pike 37.99, Tom Dawson 36.25, Jim Conant 33.08.

High Triple: Jim Conant 27-48, Mert Haynes 25-48, Dick Pike 24-48, Ron Ashley 23-48.

High Single: Jim Conant 12-16, Tom Dawson 12-16, Mert Haynes 10-16, Tom Dawson 10-16, Dick Pike 10-16, Bub Conant 10-16.

Most Improved Average: Tom Dawson 9.5, Tony Simmons 7.72, Dick Pike 6.28, Bill Wynne 5.77.

Most Individual Ringers: Mert Haynes 336, Dick Pike 329, Tom Dawson 314, Ron Ashley 277.

Most Games Won: Dick Pike 42, Tom Dawson 40, Mert Haynes 39, Tony Simmons 39, Bub Conant 38, Jr. Mack 38.

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