McKay honored by Waynesville MiddleLocal businessman recognized for countless hours volunteering with the Mountaineer baseball program
Local businessman Macky McKay is “Mr. Baseball” to a lot of folks in Haywood County, particularly to the boys who wear the colors black and yellow.
In Waynesville Middle School baseball team’s home opener against Madison Middle Thursday afternoon, the Mountaineers recognized McKay for his countless hours as a volunteer, financial support, effort and encouragement he has offered to the program.
McKay is responsible for many of the improvements to the baseball field this year, which include the dugouts; relocation of the fence to meet middle school regulation requirements; and the grass and infield maintenance.
He was honored prior to the game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch in appreciation for all his work. McKay was presented with a lifetime pass to all Waynesville Middle School baseball games, a team hat and warm up shirt.
As for the Blue Ridge Conference game, the Mountaineers did McKay proud on his special day, blasting the Patriots, 10-1, to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Hayden Driver picked up the win on the mound throwing a complete-game gem. The righty struck out six Pats and scattered six hits.
At the plate for the Mountaineers, Josh Heatherly had two hits, while collecting one hits were Clay Burgess, Jett Benson, Locke Davis, Zack Cabe and Asa Allison (inside-the-park HR).
Weather permitting, Waynesville Middle travels to Brevard on Monday to face the Blue Devils.
In the Waynesville Middle School softball game, catcher Delany Buchanan set the tone for the game when she blasted a solo home run over the fence in the bottom of the first inning.
Buchanan finished her day at the plate by going 4-for-4 and driving in the game-winning run in leading the Mountaineers past Rugby Middle, 6-5.