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Pace powers North past Bandys

WELCOME | More and more opponents are finding out that it’s difficult to keep pace with Pace.

North Davidson shortstop Haley Pace slammed a pair of home runs — her first of the season, and her first ever at North Davidson — to help lead the Black Knights to a 12-0 nonconference victory over Bandys in five innings Wednesday evening.

As if that wasn’t enough, Pace’s three-run homer to right field in the second inning was quickly followed by Paige Wall’s solo blast for a nearly unheard of back-to-back jacks.

“The pitcher (Regan Smith, in relief) was a little bit slower than the first one (Kat Barrow),” said Pace. “So I tried to wait back on it a little, and it just felt right.”

Did it ever. There was never any question the ball was going to leave the park.

Pace used the same thought process on her second dinger, a solo shot in the third inning to deep left.

“I just tried to wait back on it as long as I could,” said Pace, who now has a team-leading 24 RBIs. “She tried to throw me inside and I turned on it.”

Pace said she gave Wall a bit of a heads up, too.

“I told her it was her turn next time, and she hit the ball hard, too,” beamed Pace, who went 3-for-3 to spark North’s relentless 15-hit assault.

North erupted for four runs in the first inning, propelled by two-run singles from Casey Stanek and Eliza Davis.

Then, in the second, came the homers from Pace and Wall, along with a bases-loaded walk to Sierra Vanzant.

In the fourth, with North already up 10-0, substitute Blakely Thrower drove in two more runs with a double.

The victory was the ninth straight for the surging Knights.

“I told Haley that as long as we’ve been playing I don’t think we’ve ever had back-to-back homers,” said North coach Mike Lambros, who has been doing this for 33 years.

“Our hitting is actually a continuation from last night (Tuesday’s 13-1 victory over West Forsyth),” said Lambros. “We saw a pitcher then similar to the one was saw tonight. So we actually saw similar pitching two nights in a row. The kids hit the ball well two nights in a row, so you can’t complain.”

Notes: The victory improved North Davidson to 12-2 overall … Bre Crumley, Wall and Stanek each went 2-for-2 in the game … North is scheduled to play at Reagan in Central Piedmont Conference action at 7 p.m. Thursday … Bandys is 5-5 for the season.