Brittany McKee, a graduate of Pulaski County High School, has signed with St. Catharine College to continue her softball career. McKee, a pitcher who also plays first base and third base, signed with St. Catharine assistant coach Felicia Smith on their campus near Bardstown, Ky..
“She is a power pitcher,” said Smith of the Lady Patriots’ newest signee. “And she is very good at the plate so she can help us out at the corners when she is not pitching.”
McKee joined the Lady Maroons’ softball squad as an eighth-grader, over five years ago, and she made an immediate impact on the team from day one.
“When she moved here from Indiana during her eighth-grade year we invited her to play, and at the time I was hoping to maybe get some good junior varsity time out of her in hopes of getting her ready for varsity later on in her career,” Pulaski softball coach Scott Taylor commented. “But to my amazement, Brittany McKee was ready to play at the varsity level when she got here and she has been an important part of our team over the last five seasons.”
This past season, McKee led the Lady Maroons in hitting with a .486 average. She also led the team in doubles with 15 and home runs with 7.
But as impressive as her stats at the plate were, it was even more impressive that she had those kind of numbers with most squads purposely trying to pitch around her — for fear of giving up the big hit to McKee.
“This year, Brittany faced a lot of things she had never faced before at the plate,” Taylor explained. “In the years past she wasn’t seen as the main hitter on the team, although she was a really good hitter.”
“This year she had to step up into the role of being the main hitter on the team, and that is tough,” Taylor added. “Before her senior season, we told her that teams were not going to give her that much to hit — as they had in the past. Knowing that, she still had a remarkable season based upon the fact that almost every team pitched around her.”
On the mound, McKee was 13-14 but turned in a 2.68 ERA. For those numbers she was named the Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel Radio All-County Player of the Year.
Over her 5-year varsity career at Pulaski County High School, McKee batted over .400 at the plate and hit nearly 20 homers. She pitched in at least one game in every 12th Region Tournament the Lady Maroons competed in over the span of 5 season, and only gave up one loss during that stretch.
She is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa McKee.