AUSTIN, Texas — Pleasant Grove Hawks assistant baseball coach Lucas Wacha could get his third state championship with the program on Thursday evening.
The Hawks take on the Rusk Eagles for the 4A state championship at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the home of the Texas Longhorns. Pregame is at 5:30 p.m. on 94.1 FM ESPN Texarkana with first pitch at 6:30, and the action called by play-by-play Bob DelGiorno.
Wacha was a member of two state championship teams in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, he began his college football career playing linebacker for the Wyoming Cowboys. After the 2016 season, Wacha was an undrafted free agent and signed with the Dallas Cowboys, where he remained throughout the preseason.
When Wacha has not been furthering his career in pro football, whether in the NFL or the XFL, he has always found his way back to Texarkana to coach the Hawks in football and baseball.
Lucas is a part of Pleasant Grove royalty. Lucas’ brother, Michael, was the NLCS MVP in 2013 and has had a successful career in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays. Lucas’ younger sister, Brette, played college basketball for SAU.
If the Hawks are able to knock off the Eagles in a state championship battle of the birds, it would be a great launch point for Wacha, who has proven success follows him wherever he goes.