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Blackhawk pitcher McKay commits to Louisville

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Blackhawk's Brendan McKay pitches against Mars on April 3, 2013, at Chippewa Park.
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Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

Brendan McKay has hopes of hearing his name called at next year's Major League Baseball first-year player draft, but the rising senior pitcher at Blackhawk made sure he has a backup plan in place.

The talented left-hander made a verbal commitment to Louisville over the weekend and could play for the 2013 College World Series qualifier if the draft doesn't go as planned.

“(The draft) is still an option for next year,” McKay said. “It's all going to come down to that time and how things work out.

“I loved the facilities when I took my visit. I loved the coaches. They love the game, and they'll help me get to the next stage of my career.”

McKay, who also was considering offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Kent State, among others, was named the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review player of the year after going 7-0 with 101 strikeouts and just six walks in 56 innings.

He allowed one earned run for a 0.13 ERA.

McKay hit .440 with three home runs and led the Cougars to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals. For that reason, Louisville recruited him as a two-player, not just a pitcher.

“I've coached high school baseball for 14 years and Legion for 26 years, and he's the most highly recruited kid I've had,” said Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia, who added that McKay is the 15th Blackhawk player since 2001 to commit to a Division I school.

McKay was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year and selected to the all-state team.

Bill Hartlep is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @TribHSInsider.

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