PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A local baseball player helped lead the Houston Astros back to the World Series with a sweep over the New York Yankees.
Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña, 25, was named the American League Championship Series MVP after a dominant four-game series.
The 2015 Classical High School graduate went 6 for 18 and hit the game-tying three-run home run in the third inning of Sunday’s series-clinching Game 4.
“We show up every single day and it’s fun to be a part of it,” Peña said after the game.
He also thanked his family and teammates for where he is today.
Peña moved to Providence when he was a young boy from the Dominican Republic and was a baseball standout at Classical, earning a scholarship to the University of Maine.
As a kid, he played in the Elmwood Little League, the inner-city Providence league. His childhood coach Dave Talan says Peña is the first graduate in the league’s 72 years to reach the majors.
The Astros will host the Philadephia Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series Friday night.