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Simeon Lucas' way-short breaking ball nearly broke Tino Torres. The pitch, an excuse-me 60-footer in the sixth inning of Saturday's North Suburban Conference crossover in frigid Fox Lake, hit Grant's catcher flush in the Adam's apple on a wicked bounce. Torres flipped over and lay motionless on his back, as Lucas hustled from the mound to retrieve the baseball before Warren's base runner could advance. Grant's athletic trainer had to be summoned, before a wobbly Torres finally hopped back up and resumed his catcher's squat. "I went down to block (the pitch), and poor form by me," Torres said. "I should have tucked my chin in." "Tino's a tough kid," Grant coach Dave Behm said of the junior, who contributed on Grant's state runner-up squad last season. "He must have gotten it pretty good." Torres wasn't out, and neither was Grant against Warren. After Lucas, who was on in relief of lefty starter Ryan Noda, got out of the top of the sixth with the Blue Devils scoring just 1 run, Grant struck for 3 runs in its half of the inning and held on for a 3-2 win.