Hunter Kann fires a four-hitter at McConnellsburg, and Fannett-Metal claims a key victory in league play. Video by Lizi Arbogast
Following Monday's baseball victory over McConnellsburg, Fannett-Metal coach Jamie Funk said pitcher Hunter Kann "didn't have his best stuff."
The Tigers, in general, probably didn't play their best game. They managed only six hits, left eight runners stranded and scored just two runs, both of which were unearned. But no matter, Kann and the Tigers did enough to take down the Spartans, 2-0, in a Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference game.
"He didn't have his best stuff today, but it was good enough to get the job done," Funk said. "His offspeed stuff wasn't quite there tonight, but fortunately for us, they chased a lot of stuff out of the zone, which helped him out a lot."
Kann also got stronger and stronger as the game progressed. He finished with eight strikeouts, four of which came in the final two innings.
"I was really painting the corners well tonight," Kann said. "I don't think I throw a really powerful fastball, but I think that was actually my best pitch tonight. The adrenaline was definitely pumping at the end. I just wanted this win so bad tonight. I actually play with a good many of their teammates on travel teams, so it felt really good to better them tonight."
Only scoring two runs put Kann in a tough position, but it turned out to be more than enough run support. Taylor Miller drove in both runs for the Tigers (3-6, 2-6 SHL, 2-4 ICC), slicing RBI singles in both the first and fifth innings.
McConnellsburg (2-7, 2-6 SHL, 2-5 ICC), on the other hand, must go back to the drawing board after losing its sixth straight.
"I wish I had the answer," Spartan coach Brian Ramsey said. "I just don't know. That's pretty much the story of the season - unearned runs, mental mistakes and not hitting with runners in scoring position. We had too many strikeouts, and left (eight) on base. If you can't get the runs in, you can't win."