Freshman DH and tournament MVP Alex Parkos of Meriden was 10-for-18 with 12 RBI, six runs scored, four doubles and four home runs and 26 total bases when the fifth-seeded Warriors won their ninth Little East Conference championship (second in three years) May 11-14 at Monan Park in Boston. In the 13-9 championship game win over sixth-seeded Western Connecticut, Parkos drove in seven runs with five hits, with his 13 bases in the final one shy of the program game record. Eastern had lost its final six games of the regular season before rallying in the tournament to qualify for its 34th NCAA tournament. In the final, Parkos drove in at least one run with each of his five hits. He doubled in a run in a four-run first inning, hit a home run leading off the bottom of the third to tie the game, 5-5, had an infield RBI single in a two-run fourth that pulled the Warriors to within 8-7, drilled a three-run home run in a five-run fifth that gave Eastern the lead for good, 12-8, and doubled in an insurance run in the seventh. Both of the right-handed-swinging Parkos’ home runs – his sixth and seventh of the season – cleared the 40-foot “Green Monster” at UMass Boston’s new home facility whose dimensions match those of Fenway Park. This year, Parkos became the only freshman and only DH named first-team All-New England. He led the Warriors with 16 doubles, and in addition to batting average (.340), was also second in home runs and total bases (93).
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Jun 10, 2016