Brendan McKay's impressive scoreless streak goes on, and his almost-surreal statistics continue to mount.
McKay, a senior left-handed pitcher at Blackhawk High School, shut out Central Valley, 8-0, Wednesday to stretch his scoreless streak to 44 innings, dating to a season ago.
As impressive as that is, there's more: McKay struck out 20 batters. That meant only one out was not a strikeout. It was the second time this year he has struck out 20. No wonder people are calling him McKayKK.
McKay gave up four hits and walked two against Central Valley and threw 107 pitches.
"Since I've been coaching, I've never seen anything like this," Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia said.
McKay is 25-1 for his career, and his ERA since his freshman year is 0.47. But his statistics this year are jaw-dropping. He is 3-0, has pitched 20 innings and struck out 49. He has allowed only five hits. Major league scouts have been at every game he has pitched this year.
"The scouting supervisor from the Milwaukee Brewers was here," Amalia said after the Central Valley victory. "That means something."
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, McKay needs eight more shutout innings to move into the top 10 all time. But he is taking everything in stride.
"I'm not thinking about the streak," McKay said. "I think there is more pressure to win because we want to chase WPIAL and state championships. ... Sure, I'd like to keep the streak going, but the team success always comes first."
Mike White: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh.