Stat Line Of The Night — 8/20/12 — Will Lucas (LLWS No-Hitter)
Being called upon to pitch in a nationally televised elimination game is enough to make a Major Leaguer nervous. So one could only imagine the feeling going on in Will Lucas’ stomach when the 12-year-old righty was called upon to take the mound for Fairfield, Connecticut during their Little League World Series elimination game against New Castle, Indiana, yesterday. And while many often crumble under that type of pressure, Lucas thrived.
During a year where we have witnessed six MLB no-hitters (three perfect games), it would only be fitting for us to see one no-hitter take place in the Little League World Series, right? We’ll we were treated to just that, thanks to Lucas, who pitched all six innings (yes, they only play six innings) and allowed just one walk, while striking out 13 during Fairfield’s 4-0 victory. Lucas was terrific from start to finish, as he consistently changed the velocity of his pitches to keep the New Castle batters guessing. And he was also quite effective at the plate, hitting a two-run single in the fifth to pad his team’s lead and book them a rematch with California on Tuesday night.
Lucas’ no-hitter was the first in the Little League World Series since 2008, and it earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, August 20, 2012.