Recruit Report: Blackhawk pitcher McKay tops baseball recruit list

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Football and basketball grab the majority of headlines for recruiting in the WPIAL. But the WPIAL usually produces at least a dozen Division I baseball players every year and a number of players from the district signed with Division I colleges last month.

The headliner of the WPIAL class of 2014 is Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay, who signed with the University of Louisville. McKay, a left-hander, was the Post-Gazette Player of the Year in 2013 and has been close to unbeatable during his career. He has a 22-1 record and has allowed only 18 runs (13 earned) in 184 innings.

Last season, McKay was 7-0 with a 0.09 ERA. He struck out 117 in 60 innings.

Virginia Tech made the NCAA tournament last season and signed two WPIAL players -- Seneca Valley pitcher-outfielder Connor Coward and Greensburg Salem infielder Max Ponzurick.

Norwin's J.J. Matijevic, a first baseman-outfielder, committed to Arizona during his sophomore year and signed with the Wildcats last month.

Former Pine-Richland star shortstop Matt Berezo plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Duke, and his younger brother will also play in the South next year. Daane Berezo, an infielder for Pine-Richland, signed with Virginia Commonwealth.

West Mifflin pitcher-first baseman A.J. Olasz chose Cincinnati and Franklin Regional catcher Brandon Nania West Virginia.

Pitt and Penn State have a recruit from the WPIAL. Thomas Jefferson infielder Joe McHugh signed with Pitt and Keystone Oaks pitcher-outfielder Taylor Lehman with Penn State.

Other players from the WPIAL signed with Division I colleges and there is a possibility a few more could end up at a Division I college.


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