White Knoll’s softball team finished with a 22-7 record this spring, marking a six-win increase over the final count in 2007. But Timberwolves coach Joey Lawson was hardly satisfied.
“We had a good year, won a lot of close games and beat a number of ranked teams,” said Lawson, who has guided the program since the inaugural 2001 campaign. “On the other hand, we gave up zero earned runs to Irmo and lost twice. If we had won one of those games we would have won the region championship, so we’re not satisfied. We only graduate two seniors. With a number of good, experienced players returning along with some good young players vying for playing time, we should be in a position to challenge for the region again next year.”
The two departing seniors are third baseman Heather Eisenhower and outfielder Hannah Warren. Eisenhower was one of six Timberwolves to rate all-region status this season after hitting .368 with a .994 OPS and 27 RBIs.
The Timberwolves other region all-stars are junior pitcher Shelley Jeffcoat, sophomore shortstop Codee Yeske, sophomore outfielders Brittney Williamson and Sara Eisenhower and eighth-grade pitcher/second baseman Kaylin White
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Jeffcoat and White shared the load in the circle this spring. In 16 starts, Jeffcoat went 12-6 with a 0.98 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 107 innings. White went 10-0 with a 1.39 ERA in 12 starts, fanning 62 batters in 65 innings.
Williamson batted .307 with 21 runs scored and 18 RBIs, while the younger Eisenhower had a .354 average with 20 runs and 21 RBIs.
But the story of the season was the performance by Yeske, who earned all-state recognition after broking or equaling seven schools records – most home runs in a career (19), in a season (8) and in a game (2); most grand slams in a game (2); most hits in a game (4); Most RBIs in a game (9); Most stolen bases in a season (27).
The Yeske file featured a .400 batting average, 36 hits, 11 doubles, eight homers, 36 runs scored and 25 RBIs.
White Knoll also received solid contributions from junior catcher Emily Kirby, junior Rhyann Lowery and sophomore Nicole Stancil (.339, 17 runs, 13 RBIs, 2 HR).
White Knoll will be in the Lower State next season for the first time since moving up to Class 4A in 2003. The Timberwolves will hook up with former Region 4-4A foes Lexington, Irmo, North Augusta and Aiken in Region 5, along with Dutch Fork, Richland Northeast and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.