McCann Tech baseball uses big second inning to down Franklin Tech
"I thought we came out a little bit flat today. Fortunately we did what we needed to do to get the win," said McCann Tech head coach Pat Ryan. "We have to make adjustments from here on out, going back to Pathfinder tomorrow, another tough place to play, so they have to wake up."
The Hornets (12-4, 9-2 Tri-County) got the bats going in the second inning when they scored seven times and sent 11 men to the plate to take a 7-2 lead.
The Hornets started the frame by loading the bases with back-to-back singles and a walk that set up a sacrifice fly by Mason Field to get McCann on the board. Senior Bradley Tatro then hit a two-run single, giving the Hornets a 3-2 lead.
The inning continued when Michael Ferraro reached base on an error to put runners on first and second. Franklin Tech starting pitcher Damian Willor was able to retire the next batter, but then walked the following two batters and his day was done.
Tim Fritz then came on to pitch for the Eagles and gave up back-to-back hits to Logan Tower and Jacob Field, but was able to get out of the inning when Tower was tagged out in a 6-3-5-2-5-3 rundown off of Field's hit.
Ferrara also stole home in the frame that gave the Hornets a 5-2 lead at the time.
"Confidence. The kids were coming off of a kid that throws in the mid-80's to a kid that doesn't throw quite as hard and they feel more confident in putting the ball in play," said Ryan in explaining to his team's success offensively.
Franklin Tech errors didn't hurt, either, as McCann was able to take advantage of five errors with five of the Hornets' 17 runs being unearned. Four of those unearned runs came in the second inning.
Ryan got a lot of production from the bottom of his lineup, with Tatro going 4 for 4 with three doubles, a single and three RBI.
"I just kept my hands back and drove the ball," said Tatro.
On the mound, Ryan sent out his fourth pitcher Mason Field, who pitched a solid five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and just three walks.
"I really felt like my fastball was really overpowering today, I wasn't really feeling my slider too much, but I got into a groove a little bit and my fastball was really overpowering them so I just kept pounding them in there and get it past them," said Mason.
There was a stretch where the McCann Tech righty struck out five consecutive batters, spanning from the final out in the first inning to the first out in the third inning.
The Hornets led the Eagles by as many as ten runs when they held a 14-4 lead through four innings of play, but sloppy defense of their own kept Franklin Tech in the game, leading to six unearned runs.
"We just mentally and defensively have to pick it up a little bit to get better for the playoffs," Ryan concluded.
Franklin Tech 202 033 0 — 10 9 5
McCann Tech 074 303 x — 17 15 5
MT: Mason Fields (5), Will Bohl (2) FT: Damian Willor (1 2/3), Tim Fritz (2), Caileb Milton (2 1/3). W - Fields. L - Willor. 2B - FT: Milton, MT: Bradley Tatro 3, Rob Pecor. 3B — FT: Momaney.
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