MOUNT PLEASANT - White Knoll may be down, but it's not out.
Wando ace Drew Cisco held the Timberwolves to one run on five hits en route to a 4-1 victory Monday night at Warrior Field in the second round of the Class 4A Lower State baseball playoffs.
The four-team, double-elimination tournament continues Wednesday when second-ranked White Knoll hosts Summerville, a 3-2 victor against Sumter, in an elimination game. The top-ranked Warriors (28-2) will face the winner of that game in Friday's Lower State championship.
After stranding five runners in the first two innings, Wando took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Reid Langdale's single to right field. The Warriors added a run in the fourth on a single to right by shortstop Connor Bright.
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"(Pitcher) Eric (Allen) wasn't throwing real well, and all of their runs came with two outs," Timberwolves coach Jonny Thompson said. "They got the two-out hits and we didn't."
While White Knoll (27-2) entered Monday's contest batting over .400 as a team, it had trouble finding its rhythm against Cisco, the brother of former USC pitcher Mike Cisco.
The Timberwolves didn't get on the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when first baseman Zack Smith led off with a triple then scored on Matt Tanner's sacrifice fly. The run cut the deficit to 3-1.
Wando tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning, and the Timberwolves were unable to muster a comeback in the seventh.
"This game is over with," Thompson said, looking ahead. "Getting this far, you're not going to score a lot of runs. So, hopefully, we can get the big hit and play solid defense again. We're looking forward to it. I think we still have a lot of baseball to play - we just have to take care of Wednesday('s game).