Pair of Aces: Washington’s Easton Harris and Gus Lucas give Panthers one of state’s best 1-2 punches

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Published: May. 3, 2022 at 11:02 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - When Washington sends one of their senior aces to the pitchers mound, opponents better watch out. Right-hander Easton Harris and southpaw Gus Lucas are one of the best 1-2 pitching punches in the state. Both have multiple double digit strikeout games this season and both are dominant forces on the bump, ready to get Washington back to the State Final Four.

“We’ve shown it already how good we can be and I think we’ll be right back to where we were, hopefully even higher up, not fourth place again,” Lucas said. “I’m very excited to see what happens.”

“I obviously believe in myself when I’m on the mound and have a lot of confidence,” Harris said. “But I also have the same amount of confidence in Gus as I do in myself.”

Washington’s aces are a confident duo and while they share that in common, they’re actually quite different on the mound, but the Panthers think the way they complement each other could be key to their long term success

“Yeah if they’re both on, they’re gonna be tough guys to beat,” Washington head coach Kyle Wisher said. “One’s from the left side, one’s from the right side. Easton throws maybe a little harder right now. I think Gus may have a little better stuff from time to time but can locate. They’re both different and good in their different ways. You know, it’s a good problem to have for us.”

Harris and Lucas are the aces for this Washington squad, but they’re also great leaders for a young and talented team

“Me and Gus, we’ve been kind of mentoring this team a little bit, getting them through some tough times with the rainy days and all that stuff,” Harris said. “We’ve just got to put our heads down and be humble We’ve got a deep staff and we can make a run here this season.”

With Lucas and Harris leading the way and a talented crop of underclassmen behind them, this Washington staff is as deep and dangerous as they come and have their eyes set on another run to the State Final Four

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