White Knoll locked up the Region 5-4A baseball pennant on Tuesday, downing South Aiken on the road 8-3 to finish the conference campaign with a 9-1 record.
It was the fourth region title in program history.
The defending state champion Timberwolves (19-2 overall) have one regular season game left on Monday against Airport before opening the Class 4A state playoffs at home on April 28.
White Knoll broke open a tense, scoreless duel with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Mark Matthews opened the inning with a double and eventually came in on a South Aiken error and Trevor Bradley followed with a two-run single off South Aiken ace left-hander Andrew Faulkner, who shut out the T-Wolves in last week’s shocking 10-0 Thoroughbreds win at the Wolf Den.
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WK posted what proved to be the winning run in the sixth and added four insurance tallies in the seventh.
Spencer Sox single and ended up crossing on a force out off the bat of Robbie Streett in the sixth. Bradley ripped another two-run single in the seventh, and Corey Martin and Sox closed out the scoring with RBI hits.
Ricky Harrison did a splendid job on the hill, going 6.1 innings to pick up the decision and up his record to 6-0. At one point, Harrison retired eight T-Breds in a row before tiring in the final two frames. He allowed three runs (none of them earned) and six hits, struck out two and walked four.