White Knoll enters tonight’s Region 5-4A baseball showdown on a roll offensively.
The Timberwolves really got the bats going during last week’s 4-0 run to the Forest Acres Classic tournament championship at A.C. Flora. WK hit .338 as a team at the tournament, .385 over the final three games, scored 46 runs, rapped 20 extra base hits (six home runs) and had 42 RBIs. Not bad.
Josh Sealey and Matt Tanner had monster tournaments. Sealey had a .562 (9-for-16) FAC batting average with five runs scored, two home runs and 10 RBIs. Tanner hit .312 during the tourney with six runs, two homers and 10 RBIs. Tanner belted a home run in the last two tournament games, and had four RBIs in both outings. Sealey had a home run and five RBIs vs. Blue Ridge and went 4-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs vs. Lexington.
The best WK pitching performance at the FAC event came in a 3-2, 10-inning win over Laurens in the opener when Chris Harrison and Chris Andrews teamed up on a seven-hitter. Harrison started and allowed six hits and two earned runs in a seven-inning sting. Andrews pitched three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief to come away with the decision.
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For the season, White Knoll is batting .319 as a team with a 0.886 team OPS. Sealey, Tanner and Zach Smith have been the most productive WK hitters to date. Sealy is hitting .400 with a 1.121 OPS, 14 run, 19 RBIs, five doubles and three round trippers. Tanner is hitting .380 with a 1.011 OPS, 19 runs, 14 RBIs, four doubles and two homers. Smith in hitting .304 with a 0.922 OPS, 13 runs, 17 RBI and four circuit shots. Otherwise, Todd Joyner is batting .395, and Hunter Counts sports a .409 average.
White Knoll’s Tuesday region game at Dutch Fork was rained out. Lexington, however, got in a doubleheader at home against Orangeburg-Wilkinson, and swept the winless Bruins 16-0 and 17-0.
The Wildcats (9-9, 7-2) now enjoys a half-game lead over both White Knoll and North Augusta in the 5-4A pennant race.