White Knoll faced challenges, but successfully emerged with Class 4A softball and baseball championship at the Wolf Den on Wednesday.
In softball, South Florence forced a second game with a 5-3 win the first game of the District 5 finale doubleheader, but the host Timberwolves secured their fifth trip to the Elite Eight by breezing to a 5-0 win in the nightcap.
Codee Yeske got White Knoll off to a good start with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning in the opener, and the T-Wolves pulled within 4-3 of SF on RBI singles by Nikki Merck and Brittney Williamson in the second. But that was it for the rest of the game.
In the decisive second game, Kaylin White continued her mastery of the Bruins with a two-hit shutout, four days after the sophomore right-hander spun a one-hitter in a 4-0 semifinal win last Saturday.
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Williamson provided all the run support White would require with a two-run triple in the third inning. Jenna Williams and Sabrina McCray delivered RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively.
The top-ranked Timberwolves (27-3) open the Lower State tournament Saturday at 6 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant against Wando. The host Warriors won the District 6 championship by beating Hartsville twice on the road on Wednesday.
Jonny Thompson’s baseball team wrapped up the District 5 titlep with a come-from-behind, 8-6 win over Hartsville. It was the T-Wolves’ 24th straight win.
White Knoll trailed 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but quickly regained command. A.J. Bolin stroked a leadoff double and Robbie Streett belted a towering home run down the left field line to put the T-Wolves back in the lead for good. Matt Tanner drove in a buffer run with a double later in the inning.
Taylor Britain got the starting assignment on the hill, but was lifted after yielding six runs (five earned) and 10 hit in 4.1 innings. Eric Allen, who tossed a complete-game win against the Red Foxes last Saturday, blanked Hartsville the rest of the way and got the win. Allen allowed four hits, fanned two and issues no walks.
White Knoll (26-1) is tentatively scheduled to play at Sumter at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the Lower State tournament.