Zahornasky named all-league

Newbury freshman third baseman Ryan Zahornasky of Shelton was selected to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) All-Conference Team, announced Tuesday afternoon.

Zahornasky was named to the All-NECC second team.

Leading the Nighthawks with a .333 average (42-for-126) and ranked fifth amongst NECC leaders driving in 26 runs, Zahornasky earned All-Conference second team honors.

He provided the Nighthawks with a power bat in the middle of the lineup, registering an outstanding .516 slugging percentage and .960 OPS while tying the school record for doubles in a season, with 12.

Zahornasky was far from just a power hitter.

He showed extreme discipline at the plate by leading the team with a four-to-one walk-to-strikeout ratio, walking a rookie-record 24 times while fanning just six.

Zahornasky surpassed Newbury baseball’s rookie on-base percentage record by leading the team with a .444 on-base percentage.

Zahornasky continued to dominate against conference foes.

He hit at a .317 clip (19-for-60) with four doubles, two triples, one home run and eight RBIs — while registering a .923 OPS (.500 slugging percentage, .423 OBP).

Against 2013 NECC Champion Daniel Webster College on April 14, he slugged his first collegiate career home run in the bottom of ninth against Eagles starter Syed Ali to avoid the shutout in a 4-1 loss.

Dan McCormack, a freshman outfielder for Elms College (Mass.) and Zahornasky’s teammate at Shelton High, also made second-team all-conference.