BALTIMORE, Md. — It was an interesting season for the City College baseball team.
From not having a Junior Varsity team and making major cuts for Varsity slots, to making history with the first girl on the team. The athletes ended their season winning a championship game against their rival Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
“I love these guys with all my heart," Senior Center Fielder Keyser Carter said. "That’s just what it is. We pick each other up at all times. I struck out twice today; they still pick me up.”
Earlier in the season, the team had such a large turn out with students trying out, but because of the amount of jerseys available, the maximum amount of players they could have was 25. Coaches even attempted to start a JV team 10 years ago, but it didn’t work because of a lack of resources, space, staff, or other teams to play.
And that hurdle didn't rain on the team's parade.
“We had a game saving play over at third base and everything just kind of came together," Coach Mark Miazga said. "These kids brought the energy and we held together. What a stressful game. What a good one.”
There was no where City Council President Brandon Scott would rather be on his first day on the job.
Nine years ago there was no city championship game, and Scott helped to change that.
“Letting then play on a world class field," Scott said. "Letting their classmates come and support them at a world class facility and doing that all for free. This is the best thing about Baltimore. Our young people doing great things, something we don’t always talk about. I’m just here to support these young people and see some good baseball.”
After making the toughest cuts, the students took their love for baseball and made it to the City Championship game, overcoming hardships like losing their classmate Ray Glasgow last year.
“It’s great to have somewhere you can come out and not focus on that," Junior Third Basemen Zachary Cannam said. "Focus on baseball, make friendships and really do the best we can.”
The Baltimore City College baseball team took home the golden trophy after winning 2 to 1 against Poly.