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VARSITY BASEBALL WINS DOUBLEHEADER

After five dreary days of cold and rain, the varsity baseball team got back onto the field on Saturday, Feb. 23, with a day/night doubleheader in front a large and excited crowd.

 

Game 1 vs Paideia: Senior TJ Rafeedie took the mound to start the game for the Knights. Rafeedie was sharp, mixing his cutter and change-up to keep the Paideia hitters off balance. Rafeedie pitched four innings of three-hit baseball with one walk and seven strikeouts to earn the win. On the offensive side, Pace struck quick and often with six runs in the first inning and 13 runs in the first three innings. The Knights totaled 11 hits, led by sophomore Jayden Thomas with three and senior Brian Zeldin and Rafeedie with two each. Sophomore Noah Bennett had a big hit coming off the bench for the Knights. Defensively, the Knights were solid. Senior Andrew Jenkins held down the fort behind the plate, and senior Ross Oglesby stole two bases. The final score was Pace 13, Paideia 0.

 

Game 2: vs Grady High School: The beginning of the game was a low-scoring affair; Knights were up 1-0 after five innings. Zeldin started on the mound and was dominant, pitching six shutout innings with 17 strikeouts, one hit and no walks. However, he lost his perfect game in the sixth inning. Jenkins came in the seventh inning for the save, striking out the side in order. The Grady pitcher was also very effective, with a biting fastball and curve that kept the Knights' offense in check until the sixth inning. Pace exploded for six runs in the sixth, led by a crushing homerun by Thomas and key hits by juniors Harris Greenbaum and Matthew Friestad. Senior Mitchell O'Berry was solid behind the plate for the Knights. The final score was Pace 7, Grady 0.

 

The Knights' next game, is Thursday, Feb. 28, at North Atlanta.

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BOYS LACROSSE UNDEFEATED 

On Feb. 23, the varsity boys lacrosse team traveled to Woodstock High School and put on a defensive clinic against the Wolverines. The Knights won their lone game in week two, 10-4.


The trio of senior close long pole defenders—Sam Assaf, William Zook and Andrew Konradt—clamped down on their attackman all game and even pitched a shutout in the first quarter. And their defensive midfield counterparts—juniors Jeremy Leven, Mbiti Williams, Ben Ginsberg, and Aidan Gannon and sophomore Tripp Trimble—blanketed the Wolverine perimeter players throughout the evening. Senior goalie Kirk Spinelli kept the ball out of the cage and only gave up two goals in more than three quarters of play. Sophomore goalie Andrew Miller jumped in in the middle of the fourth quarter and notched a couple of saves of his own.


On the offensive side of the field, the Knights spread out the scoring across eight players with a balanced attack. Sophomore Steven Morrisroe punched in two goals and assisted senior Brogan Smith in a man-up situation. Sophomore Evan Karetsos and freshman Matthew Mathias contributed one and two goals, respectively, from their attack positions as they controlled the offensive sets. Senior Andrew Ladden went five-hole on the goalie, and junior Thomas Siegenthaler delivered some high heat as they both notched their first goals of the season. Finally, senior Patrick Thurman whipped in his second goal of the season and earned an assist by feeding sophomore Bennett Boushka, who cut downhill to finish authoritatively with his offhand. The Knights benefitted from extra possessions thanks to the efforts of senior Charlie Warren, who punched in and went to work all evening at the faceoff X. 

 

Following a 13-5 victory over Riverwood on Feb. 26, the Knights are 3 and 0. They'll face St. Pius on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. at Riverview Sports Complex.

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VARSITY BOYS SOCCER FALLS TO LAKESIDE

In a much-anticipated match, the Knights took on the 7A Lakeside Vikings Tuesday, Feb. 26. The game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes until the Lakeside forward rocketed a shot to senior goal keeper Colm Pelletier. Pelletier tipped it with his fingers, but it was not enough to keep it out of the goal, and Lakeside went up 1-0. Five minutes later, a Lakeside striker was dragged down in the box to give the Vikings a penalty kick.  Pelletier saved the kick, but Lakeside picked up the deflection and scored its second goal. Pace battled back against a very seasoned Lakeside defense but just could not seem to find the back of the net. Lakeside scored just before halftime on a corner kick to take the Vikings to a 3-0 lead.

 

After some adjustments, the half remained scoreless until junior Cole Ankenbrandt forced the Vikings goal keeper to come out of the box on a through ball. Ankenbrandt won the foot race and handily beat the goal keeper to slip the ball in the back of the net and take the score to 1-3 with 15 minutes left in the game. Pace held Lakeside scoreless throughout the second half with junior Jared McCall in goal. While Pace played much better in the second half, the Knights just could not overcome the goal deficit. The Knights fell to Lakeside 1-3.

 

Pace takes on Stone Mountain in a region game on Tuesday, March 12, at Walsh Field.

 

Recent Scores

Wednesday - February 20, 2019
8-4
 
Thursday - February 21, 2019
10-0
 
Friday - February 22, 2019
6-8
 
Saturday - February 23, 2019
12-3
 
Monday - February 25, 2019
3-2
 
Tuesday - February 26, 2019
9-1
 

Upcoming Games

Wednesday - February 27, 2019
4:00 PM
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
 
4:00 PM
South Fulton Tennis Center
 
4:00 PM
South Fulton Tennis Center
 
4:00 PM
Pace Academy Tennis Courts
 
5:30 PM
Riverview - Charlie Owens Field
 
5:30 PM
North Atlanta High School
 
5:45 PM
Riverwood High School
 
Thursday - February 28, 2019
4:00 PM
Pace Academy Upper Field
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Riverview Lacrosse Field
 
5:30 PM
North Atlanta High School
 
5:55 PM
Carrollton High School
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Riverview Lacrosse Field
 

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