Lion tandem sign
It’s a great day at any high school when one of its student-athletes has the good fortune to be signing a National Letter of Intent.
At Joseph Foran High, it was a tremendous day — with not one but two of their seniors — Joe Zanghi and Casey McCone both signing their national agreement letters, along with parents and well-wishers in attendance on Nov. 15.
Zanghi signed his NCAA National Letter of Intent to play Division I baseball for the University of Connecticut, where the hard-hitting catcher will receive a scholarship to attend the school. He is the son of Marc and Diane Zanghi.
A four-year veteran on the Lions’ baseball team, Zanghi has exhibited a stellar career in the sport as a catcher as well as serving as a pitcher.
He developed his skill over the years playing on local Little League teams, AAU Baseball, with American Legion Post 196, as well as his participation on the varsity baseball team at Foran.
Zanghi has been described as a ‘natural’ both in his athletic prowess and his leadership skills and was named to the All-SCC team last year.
He will be playing for coach James Penders at UConn.
Zanghi said: “I’m excited. UConn was at the top of my list, so now I can play baseball and get an education there.”
McCone confirmed his post-secondary plans by signing his NCAA National Letter of Intent to play Division II baseball for the University of Bridgeport, where he will be receiving a full scholarship to attend UB while playing baseball. He is the son of Bill and Judy McCone.
For McCone, playing ball for UB is a natural progression.
The versatile right-handed pitcher and infielder got his start in the sport through local Little League teams.
He progressed through the AAU Baseball program (where he and Zanghi were teammates), followed by his travel team play with the Baseball U New England.
He is a four-year veteran player on the Lions’ baseball team and will be playing for Milford-native Joe Tonelli at Bridgeport.
McCone said: “I’m pumped. I think we’re both looking forward to what lies ahead. I can’t wait to get started.”