North softball stars sign with UNCC
Thu. November 15, 2012 at 11:07 p.m. | By Mike Duprez
North Davidson pitcher Mackenzie Hauser delivers a pitch against Mount Tabor. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
North Davidson’s Paige Wall and Mackenzie Hauser have made quite an impact on what is one of the state’s premier softball programs — and they still have another season remaining.
When it’s all over next spring, the two Black Knights will continue on together in college. Both signed with UNC-Charlotte on Thursday along with Eliza Davis, who signed with Tusculum.
“It’s an honor,” Wall said. “I’ve always wanted to play Division I. I didn’t think I could. It’s real exciting.”
Wall, a second baseman, hit .426 as a junior with six doubles and 27 RBIs as the Knights reached the 4-A semifinals before losing that best-of-three series 2-1 to eventual state champion Porter Ridge. A slick fielder with great range, Wall is known as much for defense as offense. She was a member of the 2011 Dispatch All-Davidson County team.
Hauser, an All-County performer, who was 11-4 with an 0.83 earned run average with 152 strikeouts, is just as excited as her teammate.
“It’s a great accomplishment for me, Paige, Eliza and everybody else,” Hauser said. “It’s nice knowing if you work this hard, you can get this kind of reward. It feels really good.”
It’s also what Hall of Fame coach Mike Lambros, who has sent numerous players to the college ranks, would call a “yeah baby” day.
“Oh, it always is,” Lambros said. “It’s satisfying. We were talking about these kids when they were in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades and their ability to do this. It’s such a great thing for them and their families. This is an exciting time. That’s for sure.”
For the two teammates, being together four more years is even better.
“Paige is a great player,” Hauser said. “She works hard, too. It’s going to be nice being there with someone I’ve known for a while. It’s really good.”
Hauser was equally as enthusiastic about that aspect.
“I’m glad she’s going to be there with me,” Hauser said. “It’s going to make it like being at home.”
Davis, who was 14-1 last season, is going in a different direction, with Tusculum being in Tennessee. She’s excited at the prospect of playing college softball.
“I think it’s awesome,” Davis said. “It was what I’ve always wanted to do.”
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