WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Senior Gus Lucas likes to hit.
But he loves to pitch.
Previous calendar year, a sore arm retained the lefty off the mound as Washington marched to point out. This yr his pitching is a enormous purpose why the Panthers are returning to the the course 3A state finals.
“Last year was a rough year for me,” Lucas admitted. “It felt terrific to help the workforce with my bat, now I can assist with my arm as perfectly. Pitching is my detail. It is very good to use my matter to support the team.”
Lucas is 1 victory from tying the university record for wins in a period set when Allen Sepich gained 12 for the 2007 workforce that took third at state. And he’ll pitch Friday’s point out semifinal recreation towards Chatham Glenwood.
“The coaches have confidence in me with it, the team trusts me. I’m just quite enthusiastic,” explained Lucas. “I didn’t get to pitch lasts yr. There’s nothing to be anxious about.”
It’ll be an early morning for Lucas. The Panthers will play in the initially semifinal of the weekend on Friday at 10 a.m. in Joliet.
“He was amped-up to pitch from Morton in the sectional championship activity,” reported Washington mentor Kyle Wisher. “I’m certain he’ll be just as amped up on Friday to pitch against Chatham.”
Lucas has signed to play at Bradley subsequent yr. He’s wanting forward to his days as a school pitcher.
But he has one large start remaining in his high faculty profession and he wants to go out with a bang.
“The reality I know it is my final commence. In some cases you go out there and don’t know it is your final begin,” Lucas claimed. “I give each and every start off my all, but the final just one will be very unique for me.”