It took nearly two full seasons and then some, but Blackhawk High ace Brendan McKay finally let in a run.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other Pittsburgh outlets, McKay’s multi-season scoreless streak on the mound was brought to an end with two outs in the third inning. That’s when West Allegheny erupted (in a relative sense) for two runs. As it turned out, those two runs served only to break the seal on McKay’s scoreless streak, eventually adding a third inning and then, after Blackhawk rallied to tie the game, adding two more in the eighth inning for a 5-3 victory.
The win earned West Allegheny the WPIAL Class AAA title for the third time in eight seasons.
For McKay, the runs brought one of the most remarkable streaks in prep baseball history to a close. The senior had now allowed an earned run since his sophomore season and had lost just once in his entire career entering the game. He finishes his prep career with a record of 29-2 and a scoreless innings streak that sits tied for second of all time with 72 2/3 innings. According to the Post-Gazette, the Blackhawk ace was off his game from the start, allowing six hits in the first four innings after allowing just 14 hits in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons entering the title game.
“I think they just squared up a couple fastballs that saw their way through the infield,” McKay told the Post-Gazette. “I thought I was pitching great after we tied game and they had a couple more hits. …
“[At least] People won’t mention the streak every day now.”
By the time the forthcoming Pennsylvania state playoffs are over, McKay could easily be an early-round MLB draft pick headed for a professional future. Needless to say, it seems unlikely that he’ll have a 399-day scoreless streak again anytime soon.