Lukas’ second 3-0 gem against Homestead propels Grafton into sectional play
Adam Lukas and his Grafton teammates entered the seventh inning of a WIAA regional baseball final against Homestead last Friday with everything on the line.
Not only were the visiting Black Hawks on the verge of a shutout win over a higher-seeded foe, Lukas was flirting with a no-hitter.
The senior right-hander had to settle for a two-hitter, but his strong arm led the way in a 3-0 victory that advanced Grafton into this week’s sectional round.
“It’s all about Adam’s preparation,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose team protected an early lead to secure its second straight shutout win over Homestead in 11 days.
“He’s at another level of play right now that makes him so tough.”
Lukas, who accepted a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Evansville, blanked Homestead, 3-0, on five hits in a North Shore Conference game July 5.
His control wasn’t as sharp in the rematch, as Homestead drew six walks and had two batters hit by pitches. However, the third-seeded Highlanders were hitless through 6-1/3 innings.
“Adam didn’t have the greatest control, but he was still throwing hard and keeping their hitters off balance,” Durst said.
The sixth-seeded Hawks’ defense also chipped in with an errorless performance.
Grafton withstood the Highlanders’ final comeback bid in the bottom of the seventh.