City slips past Poly for Baltimore City baseball championship; Rubinson has 2 hits, 2 RBI



by Derek Toney

During the middle of an early inning in Tuesday’s Baltimore City baseball championship game at Johns Hopkins University, the theme from the wildly popular tv series “Game of Thrones” was played over the public address system.

City College again has the “iron throne” of the city league diamond, gutting out a 2-1 victory over Poly at Rabb Field. Junior Leo Rubinson drove in both runs for City.

The Knights (19-0 overall) used Rubinson’s early blast and clutch pitching from Robinson and senior Pablo Espejo-Saavedra to complete a perfect run through the city league. It’s the second title in three seasons for The Alameda school, which lost three one-run decisions to its arch rivals last spring.

Poly won last year’s city title on a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh.

“It hurt,” said City coach Mark Miazga of last year’s title loss. “We were able to win a one-run game and did it by great defense, a little timely hitting and excellent pitching.”

“Everyone knows their role and we’ve come together as a team,” said Rubinson.

Rubinson, a junior who found he was getting the starting nod about 90 minutes before first pitch Tuesday, allowed two hits and struck out five over five innings. He helped his cause, doubling home Keyser Carter and Derek Gross with two outs in the bottom of the second.

“Someone on the bench told me the Poly pitcher throws the first pitch down the middle,” said Robinson, who lined Engineer starter Corey Hallman’s first offer to right centerfield. “I was ready.”

Robinson didn’t allowed a hit until Marcus Rumber’s double with two outs in the 3rd. The Engineers got their lone run in the fifth as freshman Kevin Chinnia tripled to centerfield, scoring Corbett Glaros.

The Cold Spring Lane school loaded the bases, but Hannam made a nifty backhanded stab of Richard Sammy’s hard and touched third to retire the side. Espejo-Saavedra struck out four to pick up a two-inning save.

Poly (12-4) had runners at first and second with two outs in the 7th.

“We didn’t do a good enough job in the batter’s box – we only had two hits. We hit some balls hard, right at them. But, we just didn’t get that big hit in big situations,” said Poly coach Corey Goodwin. “At the end of the day, I had my two horses in the batter’s box that I needed and they just came up a little short.”

Poly will another shot at the Knights, hosting them in the Class 3A South Region Section I semifinals Saturday. City hopes to become the first Baltimore City team to reach the state semifinals since Dunbar (1A) in 2013.

“I’m lucky to be a part of them,” said Miazga. “They’re great kids who’ve worked their butts off all season.”

Baltimore City baseball championship

at Johns Hopkins University

City College 2, Poly 1

Poly 000 010 0 – 1 2 1

City 020 000 x – 2 6 1

Hallman, Allison (6) and Sammy; Rubinson, Saavedra (6) and Muher

2B: Poly – Rumber; City – Robinson

3B: Poly – Chinnia