Two Sodbusters claim New England crowns

KEENE, N.H. — Debra Brown and Brian Simmons led the 21 members of the Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club who took part in the New England Horseshoes Tournament in Keene, N.H., on Labor day weekend by winning the New England titles in their respective divisions.
Brown, a Bristol resident, had a perfect 7-0 record while pitching ringers on 71.02 percent of her tosses on her way to winning the Women’s A New England championship.
Men’s A Division Champ Simmons was also perfect in the competition, with seven wins against zero losses. He was nearly perfect in his pitches with an 80.4 ringer percentage.
Nine of the 21 competing Sodbusters, whose home courts are in Bristol, placed in the top three — two of them were also division winners. Jennifer Bassette won first place in the Women’s D division, going 6-1 with 31.94 percent ringers; and Moe Cyr claimed the Men’s HH division title going 7-0 with a 23.98 ringer percentage.
Tyler Howard was just behind Simmons in the Men’s A division, earning 2nd place with 6-1 record and 76 ringer percentage.
Other Sodbusters earning a place on the podium, with their win-loss record and ringer percentage, were:
•  Lisa Briggs, Women’s F, 3rd place, 4-3, 14.97.
•  Nate Pelletier, Men’s EE, 2nd place, 5-3, 31.53.
•  Matt Coleman, Men’s FF, 3rd place, 4-3, 30.12.
•  Al Curler, Men’s I, 3rd place 5-2, 18.45.
Other Sodbusters competing were Ron Williamson, Vicki Pelletier, Dawn Coleman, Connie Selleck, Donna Lewis, Vanesia McArthur, Beverly Forgues, Dan Gonyaw, Mike Devino, Mike Brown, Tom Brooks and Jackie Gorton.
Mike Devino was named Most Improved Pitcher for all of New England States for 2017.

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