Mr Mck Blackhawk Junior Brendan Mckay Has Numbers That Should Make Scouts Take Notice and Opposing Teams Nervous as the Wpial Playoffs Begin This Week

By White, Mike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), May 12, 2013 | Go to article overview

Mr Mck Blackhawk Junior Brendan Mckay Has Numbers That Should Make Scouts Take Notice and Opposing Teams Nervous as the Wpial Playoffs Begin This Week


White, Mike, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Brendan McKay has a message written on the inside of his Blackhawk High School baseball cap.

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

McKay penned the message in his hat at the beginning of the season to remind himself to work hard.

He reminds everyone else of his talent every time he pitches.

McKay is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound left-handed junior pitcher at Blackhawk and what he has done so far in his career is impressive. But what he has done this year is extraordinary and lending credence that McKay very well might go down as one of the best WPIAL pitchers in a number of years. It's no wonder Louisville, Wake Forest, Kent State and West Virginia already have offered scholarships, and Arizona and Florida State are starting to show interest.

"It really is pretty unbelievable what he is doing," said Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia.

* McKay is 6-0 this year with a 0.15 ERA.

* In his past two starts, he has pitched a nine-inning no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 1-0 victory against West Allegheny, and in a 1-0 victory against Montour five days earlier, he threw an eight- inning three-hitter and struck out a school record 18.

* Overall, McKay has allowed only three runs -- one earned. He has struck out 85 in 46 innings and walked only six.

* A varsity pitcher since his freshman year, McKay has a 21-1 career record. In 184 innings, he has allowed only 13 earned runs and 18 total runs.

On top of all that, McKay has a .435 batting average this season and batted better than .400 as a freshman and sophomore.

The WPIAL playoffs start Monday, and McKay is one of the showcase players. Blackhawk is the defending Class AAA champion but is only 9- 6 this season.

Yet when McKay pitches, the Cougars are a serious threat to beat any team.

"Before it's all said and done, he'll probably have every school record offensively and defensively," Amalia said. "He's a special player who actually has become more humble as he has gotten better. If he keeps working hard and keeps his head, the sky is the limit for him."

McKay is Blackhawk to the core. His parents, Kim and Bruce, are Blackhawk graduates. …

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