Pennsylvania prep pitcher threatening nation's longest scoreless inning streak

Ben Rohrbach
Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk High senior pitcher Brendan McKay has not allowed a run in 58 consecutive innings. (Twitter)

Many teams have attempted to score off Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk High pitcher Brendan McKay, but none have succeeded. That's right, the left-hander has not allowed a run as a high school senior.

In fact, McKay has held opponents scoreless for 58 consecutive innings dating back to his junior season, a streak that ranks as the nation's longest in 23 years, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

As a senior, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Louisville commit owns a 5-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 34 innings of work. According to the Post-Gazette, he owns a career record of 27-1 with a 0.43 ERA over 209 innings. Needless to say, major league scouts are showing up every time he takes the hill.

"The scouts don't faze him a bit," Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia told the paper. "I think the kids get more excited than him. We had four scouts at our intrasquad game the other day. But the bigger the stage for him, the better he is. If there would be 100 scouts, he would probably be better because it doesn't faze him."

McKay's most recent outing — a one-hit shutout that featured 14 strikeouts against no walks — helped him pass seven of the nation's top 10 scoreless streaks. He needs just one more unblemished inning to tie California's Jerry Jordan for third on the all-time list. Mississippi's Joey Porter owns the nation's longest scoreless innings streak, reaching 80 straight in 1973. Florida's Mike Halperin ranks second with 72.1 straight scoreless innings in 1991. In fact, only one other pitcher has cracked the top 10 since 1995.

McKay, who also has two 20-strikeout games to his credit this season, has a real shot at the national record, since the regular season isn't over yet and the Pennsylvania state tournament runs through June 13.