#5 • Blake McConkey
Senior • P/IF • 6-0
Fairview, Ill. • Spoon River Valley H.S.
Junior (2011): Started all 36 games between third base and pitcher ... Hit .385 with three home runs and 22 RBI ... Chosen for the All-SLIAC Second Team ... Led the team with nine doubles and 21 walks ... Had 13 multi-hit games ... Hit .429 (15-for-35) with runners in scoring position ... Appeared in 12 games as a pitcher, including nine starts ... Posted a 5-4 record with a 4.99 earned run average ... Led the Red Devils with 52.1 innings pitched and 44 strikeouts ... Went 6-for-8 with two doubles and four RBI while earning a pitching victory in a doubleheader sweep at Kentucky State on March 17 ... Homered against Ashford on March 20 ... Also hit home runs against Blackburn (March 30) and Westminster (April 30) ... Went 9-for-14 with a double and four RBI during a four-game hit streak from April 13-17 ... Allowed only two hits over 5.0 scoreless innings in a win at MacMurray on April 13 ... Struck out nine in a complete-game win over MacMurray on April 21 ... Picked up his first career save against Spalding on May 3.
Sophomore (2010): Appeared in 16 games, including eight as a pitcher after suffering a hand injury during Eureka’s spring break trip to Texas in early March ... Hit .289 with a home run, seven RBI and nine runs scored ... Posted a 2-3 record and an 8.51 ERA over 30.2 innings as a pitcher ... His on-base percentage of .442 ranked second on the Red Devils behind All-SLIAC choice Nick Eeten ... Earned his first career pitching victory against Southwestern Assemblies of God on March 9 ... Singled home the winning run in Eureka’s 2-1 walk-off victory and later smashed his first career home run in a doubleheader sweep of Principia on April 10 ... Went 2-for-5 with a double at Blackburn on May 5 ... Went 7.0 innings as the starter in Eureka’s first-ever SLIAC Tournament game May 13 against Webster.
Freshman (2009): Made a team-high 12 pitching appearances as a freshman ... His 54.2 innings pitched ranked second on the team ... Tossed two complete games ... Doubled at Fontbonne on April 29 for his first career hit.
Spoon River Valley High School: Received All-Inter-County Athletic and Prairieland Conference honors as an infielder as a senior ... Named all-conference as a pitcher during his junior season ... Helped the Wildcats to 22 wins and a regional title as a senior.
Personal: The son of Mark and Teresa McConkey, Blake was born June 30, 1990 in Canton, Ill. ... Blake’s older brother Clay played baseball at Eureka from 2007 through 2010 ... Majoring in physical education.