Baseball season came to a screeching halt for the Mars Area baseball team.
The Fighting Planets (12-8) made a first-round exit from the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs following a 2-0 loss against Blackhawk. Cougars’ star pitcher Brendan McKay baffled Mars batters by tossing a one-hit, 16-strikeout gem.
Senior Dave Bender managed to make contact off McKay for the Planets’ lone hit. He also pitched a pretty good game by striking out 13 Blackhawk batters.