Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia had trouble deciding whether to use star pitcher Brendan McKay in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs or take a chance and save him for the quarterfinals.
Amalia chose to save McKay, and Blackhawk's offense and No. 2 pitcher Dante Parente made Amalia's decision look good.
Blackhawk, the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class AAA team, crushed Uniontown, 17-1, in a first-round game Tuesday afternoon at Fox Chapel.
The win moves Blackhawk (12-2) into today's quarterfinals, where McKay will pitch against Indiana. McKay hasn't given up a run in 58 consecutive innings, dating to last season.
It is the fourth-longest streak in U.S. high school baseball history. He is 5-0 this season. Unless weather backs up the WPIAL playoff schedule, McKay can now pitch in the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship.
Parente was the winning pitcher to lift his record to 6-0. Joe Campagna got the Blackhawk offense started with a grand slam in the first inning. Parente, Cody Bain, Rich Rowe and McKay all had two hits.
Uniontown, the No. 16 seed, was making its first WPIAL playoff appearance since 2002. The Raiders finished 8-10.
Other Class AAA first round
■ Indiana 10, Mars 0: Sean Thompson pitched a three-hitter and went 2 for 4 at the plate to lift Indiana (13-7) to a five-inning win against Mars (11-7) at Fox Chapel. Indiana had 12 hits. Bo Putt, Danny Clark, Cole Shaffer and Thompson all had two hits. Indiana will face Blackhawk's McKay at 4 p.m. today at North Allegheny. Thompson is Indiana's No. 1 pitcher, but can't pitch under PIAA rules.
■ West Allegheny 5, Laurel Highlands 3: West Allegheny (15-4) scored three runs in the top of the first and went on to the win at Washington & Jefferson College. Brandon Pouch had two hits for West Allegheny and Colin Claus was the winning pitcher, striking out nine. Drew DeBerry had three hits for Laurel Highlands (16-5), which committed four errors.
■ West Mifflin 2, South Fayette 0 (suspended game): The game was stopped in the bottom of the second due to lightning at W&J. It will be resumed today.
Class A first round
■ Riverview 6, Serra 1: Dom Conte hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Riverview (13-5) knocked off No. 6 seed Serra (11-6) at West Mifflin. Nick DiBucci pitched a complete game and struck out six for Riverview. Serra committed three errors in the game. Serra also outhit Riverview, 7-5. Serra started freshman pitcher Cole McCombs.
■ Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 4, Rochester 1: Nick Tunstall pitched a four-hitter as North Catholic (9-8) rolled to the win against Rochester (8-6) at Shaler.
■ Union 6, Vincentian 5: Union (8-7) scored a run in the top of the 10th inning on a squeeze bunt to win a game that was suspended Monday at the Burkett Complex in Robinson. Tim Sumner's bunt scored Kody Smith. Vincentian (17-2) had come back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game Monday in the sixth inning. Jacob Jendrysik pitched the final 41/3 innings for Union and gave up only one hit. Smith and Logan Shuller both had three hits for Union.
■ Sewickley Academy 6, Bishop Canevin 4: In the completion of a game that was suspended Monday, Sewickley Academy (8-5) edged Bishop Canevin (10-4) at Shaler. Mike Manzinger and Ben DiNardo both had two hits for Sewickley Academy. John Nagel had three RBIs and also pitched five innings to pick up the win. He allowed only one unearned run.
■ O.L.S.H. 11, Monessen 4: Freshman Kiefer Bishop had three hits, including two doubles, and five RBIs to help Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (14-5) to an easy victory against Monessen (9-6) at W & J. Santino Platt pitched five innings to pick up the win. Kyle Seamon had two RBIs and Nate Marko three runs scored for O.L.S.H., which had 12 hits. Monessen had only five hits.
■ Western Beaver 11, Avella 4: No. 2 seed Western Beaver (15-1) had little trouble beating Avella (7-6) at the Burkett Complex. Steve Menich pitched five innings for Western Beaver and Cody Aton had two hits and two RBIs.