Classical alum Jeremy Peña wins ALCS MVP

NEW YORK (WLNE) – The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 6-5 Sunday to complete a 4-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers and advance to their fourth World Series in the past six years.

The star of the show for Houston amid the Astros’ run to return to the Fall Classic has been Providence native and Classical High School alum Jeremy Peña. The 25-year-old rookie went 2-4 Sunday night with a three-run home run to help Houston sweep the Yankees.

After the game, Peña was named ALCS MVP, after batting .353 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI in the four games vs New York.

The Classical and University of Maine alum has played a key part in the Astros reaching the ALCS, and now advancing to the World Series. In the ALDS, Peña went deep in the 18th inning of a 0-0 game to give the Astros the lead in Game 3 vs the Mariners and advance to the ALCS. And his hot streak has continued over the past four games, earning him ALCS MVP in the process.

“To reach this point is just so fantastic,” said Peña’s old principal at Classical, Scott Barr. “But in a crazy way, we knew great things were going to happen when he was 17.”

Back home in Providence, Peña’s old classmates and staff at Classical High School have been watching the hometown kid shine on the biggest stage.

“He’s a regular kid, that’s what’s beautiful about it,” said Robert Palazzo, the athletic director at Classical High School. “We’re so excited for Jeremy and his family,” he added.

Palazzo told ABC6 News watching Peña play has been a great boost for the community and has inspired kids to chase their dreams with everyone following along Jeremy’s journey.

“The dreams that they’re dreaming can come true, and this kid is the living, breathing example of that,” Palazzo said.

The Astros will now play the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series with Game One on Friday in Houston.

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