Blackhawk star Brendan McKay making history with scoreless streak
May 6, 2014 11:39 PM
Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay shuts out Montour, 3-0, to extend his scoreless streak to 58 innings.
Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay shuts out Montour, 3-0, to extend his scoreless inning streak to 58 innings.
Blackhawk's Brendan McKay, left, (33) and Chase Migliore, right, bump high in the air after a 3-0 win against Montour.
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No, really, Blackhawk High School pitcher Brendan McKay will give up a run again at some point.
Maybe in college or in the minor leagues if he turns pro.
But at the high school level, McKay is showing no signs of letting anyone go home.
McKay's scoreless innings streak reached national prominence Tuesday after he shut out visiting Montour, 3-0, at Chippewa Park.
McKay, a senior left-hander, has not allowed a run in 58 consecutive innings, dating to 2013. According to the National Federation of State High School Association's record book, McKay's streak is the fourth-longest in the nation in high school baseball history. The all-time record is 80 innings set by Joey Porter of Natchez, Miss., in 1973.
"The streak does mean something," McKay said. "There is part of you now that wants to reach that number one streak. But it's great just to know that you even cracked the top 10 and beat out some dudes that have been in there since maybe the 1980s, guys that people thought would never be touched."
The victory against Montour (11-5 overall, 8-2 in WPIAL Class AAA Section 1) avenged a 10-0 loss earlier this season and clinched at least a tie for the section title for Blackhawk (11-1, 8-1), which concludes section play today against West Allegheny.
McKay fired a one-hitter, struck out 14 and walked none. The hit was an infield hit by Todd Police in the second.
McKay's stats are nearly surreal. Besides not giving up a run, he is 5-0 and has allowed eight hits in 34 innings with 78 strikeouts. He has a career record of 27-1 and an 0.43 earned run average in 209 innings.
Montour coach Glenn Vietmeier's comments say a lot about McKay, who threw 83 pitches.
"He's awesome," Vietmeier said. "He has great control, great command and he got to three balls on only one batter. That's just a dominant high school pitcher. It's hard for any high school hitter to compete with that. He's borderline unfair for the average high school player, or even the better high school player. He's that good."
McKay also hit a two-run double in the first. Cody Bain added a sacrifice fly in the first, and it was enough support for McKay.
Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia said about 10 major league scouts were on hand. A few of them even watched McKay warm up. McKay has signed with the University of Louisville, but he could sign with a major league team, depending on how high he goes in the major league draft. Amalia has said he has heard anywhere from top 10 rounds to top five.
"The scouts don't faze him a bit," Amalia said. "I think the kids get more excited than him. We had four scouts at our intrasquad game the other day. But the bigger the stage for him, the better he is. If there would be 100 scouts, he would probably be better because it doesn't faze him."
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