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  • Photo courtesy of Blackhawk High Yearbook

    Brendan McKay finally gave up a run.

    The Brendan McKay scoreless innings streak has officially come to an end.

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.) saw his scoreless innings streak stop at 72 1/3 in Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA title game against West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.). West Allegheny won 5-3 in eight innings to stay undefeated.

    After the game it was originally though that the senior lefthander finished at 71 2/3 but further research found another 2/3 of an inning and he finished tied for second place nationally all-time. The loss moved McKay to 29-2 in his career after he went eight innings allowing eight hits and striking out 10.

    West Allegheny scored two runs with two outs in the third inning to end the streak and keep Joey Porter of South Natchez (Miss.) on top in the NFHS Record Book at 80 innings.

    "I think they just squared up a couple fastballs that saw their way through the infield. I thought I was pitching great after we tied game and they had a couple more hits," McKay told the newspaper.

    "People won't mention the streak every day now."
  • Courtesy of Blackhawk yearbook staff

    Brendan McKay closed to within 11 innings of the national record for consecutive scoreless frames.

    Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.) pitcher Brendan McKay creeped closer to the national record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched by adding four more in an abbreviated 15-0 win over West Mifflin in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game Thursday.

    McKay entered the game with 65 straight scoreless innings dating back to last year. He did not allow a hit in going just four innings as the game was stopped due to the 15-run mercy rule. McKay's new total of 69 is just 11 off the national record of 80, set by Joey Porter of South Natchez (Miss.).

    Read Dave Krider's feature on McKay's incredible streak

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McKay is 7-0 on the season and 29-1 in his career. He has allowed only 10 hits in 45 innings this season with 101 strikeouts.

    McKay also provided some offense in the win, knocking out four hits. Besides a three-run double, McKay also had an RBI single and a solo home run.
  • Basketball undoubtedly has provided some special moments for John and Sean Miller, but we're guessing June 1 is a day they will never forget.

    That is when the Millers, father and son, respectively, will be inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League's Hall of Fame. John will be inducted as a coach after a 35-year career between Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.) and Riverside, while Sean will go in as a player.

    "It really is an honor," Sean Miller told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The fact that I'm able to be inducted the same year as my father ... it just makes it seem right because I am so much a product of him."

    According to the newspaper, the elder Miller compiled a 657-280 overall record, with most of that coming in 29 years at Blackhawk (583-222). He has been retired from high school basketball for seven years.

    John coached Sean at Blackhawk, where Sean totaled more than 1,700 points and helped lead the team to a 1986 WPIAL title before moving on to play at the University of Pittsburgh. Sean now is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Arizona.

    "I think our relationship has grown over the years and I think we have such a strong bond from coaching and just being around the game of basketball," Sean Miller told the newspaper.