WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University All-America baseball outfielder Alex Zachary (Enfield) has been chosen as the Connecticut Male Athlete-of-the-Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance for 2017.
As a two-year starter in center field after transferring to Eastern in 2016, Zachary was named first-team All-America as a senior in 2017 after gaining third-team honors as a junior.
Zachary becomes Eastern’s fourth CSWA Athlete-of-the-Year honoree, following Basilio Ortiz for the spring of 1991, Lisa Matukaitis for the fall of 1989 and Robin Gaby for the winter of 1990. Ortiz was the NCAA Division III National Player-of-the-Year in baseball that season, and Matukaitis was first-team All-New England and the state’s collegiate women’s soccer scoring champion. Gaby was named to the ten-person Kodak All-America Team in women’s basketball that season.
In addition to first-team All-America recognition last spring, Zachary was also voted New England Division III and Little East Conference Player of the Year. He batted.404 in 37 games with 42 runs scored, 61 hits, 9 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 29 attempts. He had 19 multiple-hit games, and reached base in all but one contest.
After closing the 2016 season with a 20-game hitting streak, Zachary opened the 2017 campaign by hitting safely in his first 15 outings, giving him a school-record 35-game hitting streak.
In two years with the Warriors, Zachary batted .388 with 120 hits, 19 home runs, 78 runs batted in, 36 stolen bases and a .686 slugging percentage. He was named Eastern’s Male Athlete-of-the-Year both seasons, sharing the away this past year. Zachary played his first two seasons of college baseball at Division II Mars Hill University.
Zachary and fellow honorees will be honored at the 77th annual Gold Key Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Tickets to the Gold Key Dinner are $75 apiece, and may be reserved by contacting CSWA President Tim Jensen of Patch Media Corp. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-394-5091, or Vice President Rich Gregory of the Danbury News-Times at email@example.com or 203-705-8625.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Bo Kolinsky Journalism Scholarship, named after a longtime Hartford Courant sportswriter and past CSWA president who died unexpectedly in 2003.