The awards keep rolling in for sophomore outfielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) of The University of Scranton baseball team, who enjoyed a stellar season for the Royals this spring. He received his latest honor on Thursday by being named to the D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.
Harding becomes just the third player in program history to earn D3baseball.com All-Region accolades, joining Tommy Trotter (2018) and Michael Amaturo (2013), both of whom were Third Team honorees.
Thursday's All-Region selection was the most reason honor that Harding has received this spring following a record-breaking campaign. He has previously been named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year, was a First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree, and was also selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team for excellence on the diamond and in the classroom.
A starter in all 39 games for the Royals in centerfield this spring, Harding batted .464 for the season with 70 hits including eight doubles, nine triples, and three home runs. He smashed program records for both hits and triples in a season while posting the third highest batting average in a season by a Scranton player.
Harding also posted an impressive .517 on-base percentage for the year along with a .695 slugging percentage. He scored 46 runs, the sixth-most in program history, while racking up 34 RBI, the 13th-best mark in Royals' history, while walking 20 times. On the base paths, he went 14-for-17 on stolen base attempts to tie for the 12th most stolen bases by a Scranton player.
The Landmark Conference leader in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, and triples, Harding also finished second in the conference in slugging percentage and stolen bases, was fifth in RBIs, and tied for sixth in home runs.
Nationally, he ended the year ranked fourth in the country in triples, sixth in batting average, 21st in hits, 27th in sacrifice flies, and 46th in slugging percentage.
Not to be overshadowed by his stellar offensive numbers was Harding's outstanding season in the Royals' outfield. He recorded 101 putouts and four outfield assists while committing just three errors in 108 total defensive changes for a .972 fielding percentage. Those numbers don't account for his ability to save extra-base hits and runs with numerous outstanding catches on balls hit over his head or two the alleys.
Harding's sensational year helped Scranton return to the Landmark Conference playoffs this spring as the Royals finished the year with a 17-22 overall record while going 9-9 in conference play.
To view a complete listing of the 2019 D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region award winners, click here.