White Knoll celebrated Senior Night and the securing of no worse than a share of the Region 5-4A softball championship on Tuesday night.
The seventh-ranked Timberwolves (17-5, 8-1) snapped out of a two-game losing skid with a come-from-behind 7-3 win over South Aiken, but will need a win in the region finale against archrival Lexington on Friday (or a Dutch Fork loss) to claim the outright conference title. White Knoll has finished first or tied for first four times since 2009.
Dutch Fork, which beat the Timberwolves 1-0 last week to keep the pennant race going, stayed one game off the pace with a 5-0 win over Lexington on Tuesday.
Fittingly, seniors Lydia Trexler and Savannah Terrapin had big games. Trexler, the veteran shortstop who is taking her game to Erskine College next season, had a game-high three hits in four at bats. Terrapin, meanwhile, allowed one earned run and four hits in the circle while running her record to 12-3 and lowering the ERA to 2.57. Opponents are hitting just .232 against the veteran right-hander to date.
Meghan Brantley, another senior, and slugging Megan Anderson also make key contributions to the success. Brantley went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. Anderson, who is hitting .521 and an impressive 1.633 OPS, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a steal.
Anderson, a sophomore, set new school single-season home run record in a 13-8 non-region loss to Blythewood on Monday belting her ninth round-tripper of the season. More than half of Andersons 37 hits have been for extra innings. In addition to the nine homers, she has ripped 10 doubles and one triple. She leads the team in batting average, on-base percentage (.562), slugging percentage (1.070), OPS, hits (37), runs scored (35), doubles, home runs and RBI (28). Anderson has been so locked in this season, she has struck out only six times in 81 plate appearances.