A pair of former McDowell Titan pitching standouts recently wrapped up their sophomore seasons in college, with both finding a solid measure of success.
North Carolina State left-hander Canaan Silver and Western Carolina righty Zach Franklin are both 2017 graduates of McDowell High and both helped their respective clubs quite a bit this season.
Silver, who transferred the State after a year at Spartanburg Methodist, helped the Wolfpack go 42-19 overall and 18-12 in the ACC. The Pack’s season ended June 2 with a loss to East Carolina in NCAA Regional play.
Silver, a 6-foot-2, 181-pounder, made 15 appearances, eight of them in a starting role. He finished fourth on the team with 42 1/3 innings pitched, and had a 1-2 record and a save with a 3.83 earned run average and 24 strikeouts against 13 walks.
His best outing of the year came in an 8-4 win over Minnesota March 2. Silver pitched six innings for the victory, giving up two runs on three hits, striking out four and walking two.
Franklin’s season took an unlucky turn early on when he suffered a sprained UCL (ulner collateral ligament) and missed the remainder of the year. Franklin is currently rehabbing the injury, and, according to WCU’s website, is expected to apply for a medical redshirt.
Franklin pitched in seven games, starting one, and posted a 2-1 record and a 4.00 ERA. He worked 36 innings, striking out 32 and walking 15. Opponents hit just .203 against him.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder worked a season-high seven innings in relief in a 5-2 win over Elon March 15 in perhaps his best outing of the year. Franklin gave up five hits and a run, striking out six batters.
The Catamounts went 21-32 overall and 8-16 in the Southern Conference.