UMass Boston’s baseball team won its first regular season Little East Conference title Friday, minutes before the university dedicated the team’s new shared home with BC High.
Monan Park is named after Fr. J. Donald Monan, SJ, who was president of Boston College for 24 years.
“It’s a great honor for me to have my name attached to Boston College High School, not only because of its educational worth but because it is connecting very important institutions – UMass Boston and BC High – and the local community,” the 91-year-old Monan said.
“Father Monan and I were saying that our mental model for this field was dirt and grass and we have come in here today just unbelievably proud of what has transpired here,” UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said. “Father Monan, thank you for always being the person that brings people together. You brought this family together out here on this peninsula. To be able to do something as special as this in your honor is something that we are just so proud of.”
“Right here, between us, in the center of the peninsula, we have a sanctuary – a beautiful refuge to play a game,” Boston College High School President Bill Kemeza said. “It’s a blessing to have a place that makes you be in the moment.”
The main field, which sits on BC High property and is the exact dimensions of Fenway Park, is a public/private partnership supported by a $2 million gift from the Yawkey Foundation. Fr. Monan threw a ceremonial pitch to James P. Healey, president and trustee of the Yawkey Foundation.
Once the UMass Boston and BC High seasons finish, Monan Park will host Greater Boston youth leagues and several tournaments. This summer alone, the baseball stadium will host the 2016 Bay State Summer Games Baseball Showcase, the Boston Urban Baseball Showcase, and the Massachusetts vs. Connecticut Junior All-Star Game. In all, more than 1,000 youth and collegiate athletes are anticipated to directly benefit from this complex on an annual basis.
UMass Boston (26-12) clinched the team’s first-ever LEC regular season title by winning both games of Friday’s doubleheader against Rhode Island College (5-4 and 8-1). The team will be the No. 1 seed in the LEC Tournament, which starts Wednesday at Monan Park, and will be going for their 14th straight win. They currently are tied with SUNY Cortland for most consecutive wins (13) among all Division III teams.
BC High’s baseball team has also had an impressive season in its first year in Monan Park. The team is currently ranked No. 2 in the state.
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