Wilton's Pokora named Little East Softball Player of the Year

Former Wilton High softball standout Stacy Pokora capped off an extraordinary college career by being named the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Player of the Year.

A senior centerfielder for Rhode Island College, she also earned First Team All-Little East honors for the third straight season.

Pokora, a 2010 Wilton High graduate, is an elementary education/special education major at RIC.

This past season, she played in 40 games, starting all of them, and hit .368 (43-for-117) with five doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 14 walks, 13 stolen bases and 32 runs scored. She owned a .709 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage. She led Rhode Island College in batting average, hits, RBI, total bases (83), stolen bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and runs scored, and finished top three in the LEC in home runs, RBI, and total bases.

Her 11 home runs were the most ever in a single season by a Rhode Island College softball player.

For the third time in Pokora’s four-year career, RIC reached the championship game of the Little East Conference Softball Tournament. Despite being the sixth seed heading into the post-season, the Anchorwomen made it to the finals, where they fell to Keene State, 4-1. It was Pokora’s sixth-inning home run that kept Rhode Island College in the game.

During the Little East tournament, Pokora blasted three home runs over five games, including a 2-for-4 performance with a homer in the first-round upset of top-seeded Eastern Connecticut.

For her career, Pokora played and started in 174 games, missing only one contest. She batted. 392 (189-for-482) to go along with 189 hits, 34 doubles, six triples, 30 home runs, 117 RBI, 325 total bases, 57 walks, 42 stolen bases, and 131 runs scored. She closed out her distinguished career with the Anchorwomen as their all-time leader in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. She also ranks second all-time in doubles and total bases, third all-time in batting average, hits and runs scored, and fourth all-time in stolen bases.

An All-FCIAC and all-state player for Wilton, Pokora became RIC’s everyday left fielder in her first season with the squad, and went on to lead the team in batting average, (.350) slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. She had 42 hits, nine doubles, three triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, nine stolen bases, and 28 runs scored.

Pokora started all 51 games during her freshman campaign and helped lead the Anchorwomen to their fifth NCAA tournament appearance in six seasons.

She continued to improve in her sophomore season. During the 2012 campaign, Pokora hit at a .424 clip and belted a team-high eight home runs, which tied the program’s all-time mark for single-season homers. She once again led the Anchorwomen in batting average, slugging percentage (.703), and on-base percentage (.461), while also leading the squad in runs scored (36), hits (50), RBI (30), total bases (83), and stolen bases (12). She went on to earn team MVP honors and was named First Team All-Little East.

As a junior in 2013, Pokora continued to shine as she earned First Team All-Little East honors for a second straight season and was named First Team All-ECAC, as well. The durable centerfielder started all 46 games. Her junior campaign also marked the second straight year that Pokora blasted a team-high eight home runs, tying her own program record. Once again, she led the Anchorwomen in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.425), hits (54), doubles (11), RBI (29), total bases (93), slugging percentage (.732), on-base percentage (.490), walks (18), stolen bases (8), and runs scored (35).

Last week, Pokora was also the recipient of a Distinguished Student-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.