Geneva got runners on base in each of the first six innings, including two in each of the third and fourth. But McKay (11-6), who walked four and hit two, got strikeouts each time to end the threats and had a no-hitter going before Emily Viebrock singled to lead off the sixth.
“I’ve always known her as a phenomenal pitcher,” Downers South junior shortstop Maggie Greco said. “She did all she could and it was amazing to watch. I love watching her pitch.”
Geneva coach Greg Dierks, whose daughter, Ali, took the loss, didn’t enjoy the performance but was equally impressed.
“We did have some chances,” Dierks said. “We were struggling to string any real solid contact together on a consistent basis and we were behind, it seemed like 0-2 on a lot of at-bats and we had to battle from there.
“The balls that we hit hardest all day were right at them that they caught. We had a couple of real nice shots that maybe could have turned into runs.”