MOUNT PLEASANT -- Friday marked the end of the season and the end of a generation for the Wando baseball program.
The top-ranked Warriors dropped a pair of decisions to White Knoll (29-2) in the Class AAAA Lower State Championship to end their season with a 28-4 record. White Knoll won the first game, 9-8, then posted a 7-4 victory over Wando ace Drew Cisco in the nightcap.
Next season will mark the first since 2001 that there won't be a Cisco on the Warriors' roster. Mike came along in 2002, and Brian also had a good career. Then there was Drew, who will attend Georgia if he doesn't sign a pro contract next month.
"It probably won't be the same," Wando coach Jeff Blankenship said.
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"We had some outstanding senior leadership, and I'm proud of what they accomplished. Intensity was the thing. We were intense for a long time tonight. We were in a good situation. They needed to win, but we just couldn't come through."
White Knoll led, 5-4, when Cisco threw what Blankenship thought was a strike-three pitch with two outs in the top of the sixth. Instead of getting out of the inning with a 5-4 deficit, Cisco gave up RBI singles to Robbie Streett and Chris Harrison to push the lead to 7-4.
The Timberwolves play Byrnes this coming week in the state championship.