Blackhawk pitcher continues to roll

Another dominant outing lifts Blackhawk to semis, puts streak at 65 innings

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Brendan McKay struck out 16 batters and continued his streak of scoreless innings in a 4-0 Blackhawk win against Indiana in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA baseball tournament.

Blackhawk (13-2) broke open a scoreless game with four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Indiana's season ended at 13-8.

That was more than enough for McKay, who moved into third place all-time nationally with 65 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. McKay ran his season record to 6-0 and hasn't yielded a run this year in 41 innings. His career record is 28-1.

The second-longest streak is 721/3 innings by Mike Halperin of Naples, Fla. Joey Porter of Natchez, Miss., set the current record of 80 consecutive scoreless innings in 1970.

Other Class AAA quarterfinals

■ West Mifflin 4, Elizabeth Forward 3: Zach Fodor pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the one-run victory for the Titans (14-4) against the Warriors (12-8) at Woodland Hills. Elizabeth Forward scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on an error and a bases-loaded walk. But Fodor induced the Warriors to hit into two put-outs to end the game.

■ West Allegheny 4, Chartiers Valley 2: Winning pitcher Colin Claus struck out five in seven innings and drove in two runs to lead the Indians (16-4) past the Colts (16-4) at Washington & Jefferson College. The Indians scratched out two-run innings in the first and third innings. Chartiers Valley took the lead with two runs in the first inning.

Class AAAA quarterfinals

■ Pine-Richland 16, Mt. Lebanon 4: Matt Kaminicky drove in five runs with a three-run home run and a two-run double as the Rams (17-5) came from behind to beat the Blue Devils (12-10) at West Mifflin. Teammate Andrew Nussbaum went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. Jamie Switalski had three hits and also scored three runs.

■ Baldwin 14, Plum 4: Morgan Schmitt and Nick Bernick drove in two runs apiece and the Highlanders (15-2) scored 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning in a victory against the Mustangs (15-6) that was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule. Tom McCarthy doubled twice for Baldwin.

■ Moon 5, Canon-McMillan 3: Austin Hoffman's two-run single helped lead the Tigers (15-3) past the Big Macs (13-6) at Washington & Jefferson. Moon pitcher Colton Hower struck out six.

■ Seneca Valley 3, Shaler 0: The Raiders (8-11) continued their magical run through the tournament with a victory against the Titans (14-8) at Fox Chapel. Seneca Valley entered the tournament as the No. 16 seed.

Class AA quarterfinals

■ Seton-LaSalle 3, Neshannock 2: Liam Sweeney drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning to lead the Rebels (14-5) past the Lancers (18-2) at Burkett Complex in Robinson. Matt Wicke singled to lead off the ninth, and one out later, Dave Boehme also singled to set the stage for Sweeney. Carson Rebel pitched all nine innings for Seton-LaSalle, yielding seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

■ Quaker Valley 9, Beaver 2: Ben Utterback had two hits, drove in a run and scored another to lead the Quakers (17-2) past the Bobcats (11-6) at Pullman Park in Butler. Christian Miller pitched 31/3 three-hit innings in relief for Quaker Valley, striking out three and walking two.

■ Steel Valley 14, Riverside 7: Brandon Donovan had three hits and drove in four runs to lead the Ironmen (16-2) past the Panthers (12-6) at Woodland Hills. Donovan hit a two-run home run in the first inning and drove in three runs.

■ Deer Lakes 2. South Side Beaver 0: The Lancers (16-4) scratched out single runs in the third and fifth innings to beat the Rams (16-3) at Burkett Complex. Deer Lakes pitcher Ryan Petrone struck out six while tossing a four-hit shutout. South Side Beaver pitcher Nolan Lamont struck out 13.

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