The playoffs approach for five-team Naugatuck Babe Ruth League

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BY KEN MORSE
CITIZEN’S NEWS
Summer is heating up and so is the Naugatuck Babe Ruth Baseball League. Teams are vying for position for the top seed with the playoffs quickly approaching, and they’re looking to unseat the 2021 Naugy Babe Ruth champion Brown Roofing.
“We had a very successful spring season,” said league president Dave Falzone, in his 22nd year at the helm. “We had two 13-year-old teams and two 15-year-old squads that ran from April through Memorial Day.”
“I think it gave the 13 year-olds a good foundation to build from with the crossover to the bigger field and against some tougher competition over the summer. We play in District III against other teams and still have our own five-team town league.”
In the spring season, the 13-year-old teams, Naugatuck Maroon and Naugatuck Gray, compiled reocrds of 5-1 and 4-3.Naugatuck has two entrants in District III with J&M Automotive, coached by Justin Goodal,l and the Loaded Goat, coached by Falzone.
District III is a competitive league with teams from North Haven, Cheshire. Shelton, Middletown and Milford join New Haven, Amity, Stratford and Naugatuck to make up the Connecticut Babe Ruth 15-year-old circuit.
“Sometimes we struggle against those teams that are represented by one town,” said Falzone. “We have five teams from one town, but we do play in our own Naugatuck Babe Ruth League with players from Prospect, Beacon Falls and Naugatuck.”
The five Babe Ruth teams in town are B & G Sports, coached by Brian Rollinson; the Browns, coached by Bob Delprincipe; the Eagles, coached by Mike Doxsey; the Firefighters, coached by Angel Valentin; and Sibby’s, coached by Goodall. Those teams play their games at Pent Field in Beacon Falls and Rotary Field in Naugatuck.
“In the spring we had a good showing with each team having around 15 players on the rosters,” added Falzone. “In the summer league we are at around 12 players per roster and we do play teams outside the league. Clinton, Milford, New Haven, North Haven and Stratford fill out our schedules.
“There are some who feel this is just rec ball, but this is actually a feeder program for the high school. It’s leagues like this that (are) the bedrock of baseball in Naugatuck and we have a lot of really good players in this league, but just like all leagues and pretty much every team out there playing baseball in the summer, we have to contend with disruptions. Families go on vacations and games have to be rescheduled. We do our best with what we have to work with.”
The bottom line is when the teams take the field, they play to win and they play with pride. As the summer heads into August, the Naugatuck Babe Ruth League will hold its annual season-ending tournament to crown a champion.