ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A record of 6-1 and allowing only 3 earned runs would be a pretty much perfect sophomore season for Luke Mann of St. John Vianney High School. But throw in a no-hitter and you’ve got an unforgettable season.
“Normally when I’m pitching I’m up on the fence I’m cheering on my teammates just to keep them in the game and doing everything I can,” Mann says. “But for that day I felt a little different.”
It was maybe the biggest crowd of the season because on April 12, Vianney was celebrating the opening of its new $1.8 million turf facility.
“Not often do you get all the stand packed so I put on a show for some people who hadn’t seen me before,” Mann says. “A couple of my classmates came up to watch me for the first time. So I figured why not just put everything I got into this game.”
Not mention the scouts in the stands taking a look at the Stanford bound DeSmet Starting pitcher, Erik Miller.
Luke “There’s always something on the mound like when you make a bad pitch and it’s in the back of your head,” Mann says. “You say ‘oh no they saw that.’ But then you got to come back and say ‘ok one bad pitch’ make seven, eight, nine, 10 good ones and just try to be the best you, you can be.”
Then fast forward to last week, and Mann is playing for the St. Louis Naturals club team. He throws his second no-hitter this year and now amassed some nearly impossible expectations.
Sometime it adds a little more pressure on you,” Mann says. “Because you know the reputation you now have and you just try to keep it up. Then you let up a big hit and double in the gap and then you go where did the normal me go. But it happens and even the pros let up home runs every once in awhile.”
But Mann has carried an reputation with him since birth, just from his last name.
A couple uncles playing college ball, couple uncles playing pro ball and trying out for pro teams,” Mann says. “My aunt played professional softball and is in like 5 hall of fames or something like that.
It’s a good feeling knowing that you are carrying on a well known name like that.
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