Surging White Knoll dominated the Forest Acres Classic spring break baseball tournament last week at A.C. Flora.
The defending Class 4A state champion Timberwolves completed a dominant, 4-0 tournament performance by crushing the host Flora Falcons 15-5 in the championship game last Friday. The road to the finale included wins over Mid-Carolina (12-0), Dreher (11-2) and Lugoff-Elgin (7-3).
It was the 15th straight win for White Knoll (15-1) since it dropped a 5-2 decision to Flora at its own tournament (RBI) in early March.
The title bout was hotly contested for four innings. The T-Wolves had a tenuous 6-5 lead entering the fifth inning before knocking the Falcons out with a fearsome power display – smacking three home runs to highlight a nine-run burst that ended the contest early.
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It all began with a leadoff homer by Ray Murphy, who was named the tournament MVP. Spencer Sox and Carl Wise later belted three-run homers to finish off the Falcons. Murphy is hitting .413 for the season with four homers and 11 RBIs. Sox is batting .368 with six round trippers and 17 RBIs. Wise, meanwhile, is batting .510 with an eye-opening 1.536 OPS, six home runs and a team-high 23 RBIs.
Blake Rowland was the winning pitcher in relief of Ricky Harrison, who was on a strict pitch count.
Trevor Bradley and Robbie Streett were also named to the all-tournament team.
White Knoll is gearing up for a key Region 5-4A contest tonight (Tuesday) at home against South Aiken, weather permitting. The T-Wolves stand at 7-0 in region matters while the Thoroughbreds have just one region loss on the books to archrival Aiken.