In the batter’s box, Lane Peace has only one thought.
“In my mind, I’m about to hit the ball as hard as I can,” said the Alvord senior.
Through the Bulldogs’ first 19 games, Peace is delivering on that mindset more often than not. Going into Alvord’s game against Millsap Friday, Peace was hitting a robust .564 in 55 at-bats. Of his 31 hits, 12 have gone for extra-bases, including four home runs and 25 RBIs.
His on-base percentage plus slugging is off the charts at 1.576.
Peace’s numbers are up drastically from his previous two varsity seasons. As a sophomore, he hit .383 with 12 RBIs. Last year, he batted .388 with 21 RBIs and four home runs.
“Last year, I hit around .390 but felt like I was missing some power,” Peace said. “I worked out over the offseason and put on 10 pounds.”
The added muscle has been evident. He’s equaled his home run total from last year with seven games still left in the season.
“This year, I have a lot more power and am driving the ball more,” Peace said. “I’m making more solid contact even on my outs.”
Peace has set a goal of seven home runs.
“Hopefully, I can get there,” he said.
In building his impressive numbers, Peace is not just feasting on lesser pitching. He’s hit the best against some of the top pitchers in the area. Against top-ranked Brock, Peace went 3-for-3 with a double to left-center field and drove in two runs.
He hit a two-run homer off Paradise ace Dillon Meadows, clearing the left-field fence for the Bulldogs’ only runs.
Peace said he looks forward to the challenge of facing quality hurlers such as Meadows and the pitchers on the Brock staff.
“I play select ball all summer and get to see good pitchers,” Peace said. “I like to face good guys. I struggle more with the slow pitchers.”
Even against the better pitchers, he feels he has the advantage.
“I’m not scared. The pitcher has to throw [a strike],” Peace explains. “If you are on time with it, you are going to hit and make a solid connection.”
Along with being a nightmare at the plate for pitchers, Peace has also been a terror on the basepaths. He is perfect on 10 stolen-base attempts.
“I like running the bases as much as hitting,” Peace said. “I enjoy everything in the game.”
Defensively, Peace moved from second base to shortstop this season.
“I like the move,” he said. “There’s more to cover and there’s more plays.”
Peace is also giving the Bulldogs solid innings on the mound. He picked up the win in the team’s 6-5 victory over Ponder Monday.
“I’ve struggled some, pitching,” Peace admitted. “Against Ponder, I was more in control.”
Peace is hoping to help guide a young team back into the 9-3A playoff hunt in the second half of district play.
“Everyone is trying hard, and we still have a chance,” he said. “I’m just trying to help out and do what I can. We have a young team, but a good attitude.”
Peace’s good bat, and mindset, also helps give the team a chance.