TAUNTON, Mass. -– To say Coyle-Cassidy lefthander Mac Curran flies so far under the proverbial radar screen that he’s almost invisible would be a major understatement.
“I think he definitely has (flown under the radar screen),” coach Ken Lalli said Friday after Curran blanked Somerset-Berkley, 10-0, in an Eastern Athletic Conference game. “He doesn’t worry about exposure. He just comes and does his job and does it very well. That’s what he focuses on.
“Some kids are out there looking for the exposure and when people come they’re not as good as they say. He just figures when he’s rolling along people are going to know about him because he’s doing very well.”
Curran, a 6-5, 240-pound junior pitched extremely well against the Raiders (4-8, 1-3).
In going the distance, he allowed one hit plus one walk and struck out 10.
Curran threw 62 of 85 pitches for strikes and faced only three batters over the minimum (one Raider reached on an error).
“He’s very humble...he always stays humble,” said Lalli. “He really matured in the last year and is very mature now.”
Curran’s maturity is reflected in his stats.
In five starts, he’s 4-0 with a microscopic 0.22 ERA in 32 innings. In addition he’s allowed only 17 hits plus 19 walks and has fanned 39.
“I’ve been working on my control and the last couple of outings have been okay,” said Curran. “In this one it all came together with my best stuff.
“I worked all week. I did what I had to do and it worked out well.”
One reason Curran’s performance against the Raiders “worked out well” was that he had command of four pitches: a two-seam and four-seam fastball, a knuckle-curve and a changeup.
“My knuckle-curve slides across most of the time,” said Curran. “I like when it slides because it works a lot better.”
Because all of Curran’s pitchers have been working “better,” he’s not afraid to throw any pitch regardless of count and the situation.
“I can throw my curveball and my changeup whenever I want,” said Curran. “I think I threw probably five or six changeups. My curve was my off-speed (pitch) today.”
Since many high school pitchers –- even seniors –- are fortunate to have two pitches, Curran without question is the exception rather than the rule.
“Most people have two pitches and he has four,” said Lalli. “What I’m really impressed about is no matter how far down in the count he is or if we’re losing, he never loses his composure. He’s always like ‘Give me the ball. Let’s keep working. I’m going to get this done for you.’
“He’s definitely a competitor who works out real hard.”
Curran briefly flirted with a no-hitter today, since he retired the first 10 Raiders without a single ball being hit out of the infield.
Brett Turner’s one-out single in the fourth ended that bid but, otherwise, Curran didn’t allow any Raider to advance as far as second base.
The Warriors (11-2, 5-0), who’ve already clinched a berth in the MIAA playoffs, gave Curran all the support he would need when they scored three runs in the third.
As Lalli alluded to, Curran’s success hasn’t reached the point where he needs his head measured for a larger cap.
“I just try to stay humble and keep working and give it the best that I can and get on top,” he said. “Everything’s going well right now so I want just want to keep rolling.”