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.
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.