Brown Roofing wins Babe Ruth title

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Brown Roofing won the Naugatuck Babe Ruth championship this month. Pictured, front row from left, Nathaniel Smith, Tyler Markey, Jack Lawlor, Tyler Galarza, Ian Lally, Evan Spaulding; back row from left, Justin Papp, Adam Ferrara, Zack Koslosky, Malachi Zurolo, Mason Audi, Matt Teixeira, Mike Natkiel and head coach Mike Perez Jr. Not pictured, Landon Sarno and coach Mike Perez Sr. –CONTRIBUTED

NAUGATUCK — Brown Roofing defeated Sibbys Automotive in the Naugatuck Babe Ruth final Aug. 6 to win the championship for the second time in three years.

In a game 2, where the teams combined for 20 runs and 25 hits, the Browns held off a potential rally in the late innings to secure the 11-9 win and the 2-0 sweep in the best-of-three series.  Adam Ferrara went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Browns, finishing the series 7-for-8. Mike Natkiel and Justin Papp added three hits as well, while Natkiel got the win on the mound, going six innings and striking out six. John Braziel and Nick Stefan added four hits apiece for Sibbys, each finishing the series 6-for-8.

The Browns won game 1, 10-1, on Aug. 5. Ferrara pitched a complete game, giving up one run and five hits. Ferrara was also a homerun short of the cycle, with a triple, double and two singles.  Braziel, Nick Jennings, and Nick Stefan combined for Sibby’s five hits, while Braziel pitched the final five innings of the game, giving up four hits the rest of the way.

“The biggest reason for our success this year I believe was our collective baseball IQ,” Brown Roofing head coach Mike Perez Jr. said. “Knowing and executing little things helped us excel.  Mainly we played loose and enjoyed playing on the field. The team had a nice bond.”