(via Scott Kimmelman - Indian River State)
Former Indian River Community College baseball player and current Boston Red Sox team member, Steve Pearce, was honored as the 2018 World Series Most Valuable Player title following his hitting display over the five game series. Pearce hit three home runs, two of which came in the game five win for the Red Sox. Over the course of the World Series, he produced eight runs for the team.
Pearce graduated with an AA Degree from Indian River Community College in 2003. His freshman season saw him produce 29 RBI, four home runs and his season batting average was .367. His sophomore campaign showed much improvement in 2003 as he finished the year with a team leading batting average of .423. He also produced 47 runs, 13 home runs, and 50 RBI. He was inducted into the Indian River "Pioneer Hall of Fame" in 2015.
After graduation from IRCC, Pearce moved on to the University of South Carolina where he led the team in batting average in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was honored as an All-American where he led the Gamecocks to the College World Series.
He was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth round of the 2005 amateur draft, beginning his professional career. His breakout year came in 2014 with the Baltimore Orioles when he hit 21 home runs and helped the team to the American League East Championship, the team's first since 1997.
Pearce and the Red Sox captured the program's four World Series title in the last 15 seasons with a 3-1 series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pearce becomes the third former NJCAA alumni to win the World Series MVP, joining David Freese (2011) and Curt Schilling (2001).
(primary image via USA Today)