White Knoll’s baseball and softball teams are up against the wall in the Class 4A Lower State playoffs after dropping first-round games on Saturday.
Both teams are facing elimination games on Monday. The baseball teams squares off against Region 5 rival South Aiken at home, while the softball squad hits the road to play at Wando.
The baseball team (22-7) dropped an 8-5 decision to Ashley Ridge in Summerville in the first round after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Swamp Foxes starter Patrick Mace settled down after the rough start, allowing just one more run the rest of the way. AR had a quick response in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run by Bryan Dye, negating the Timberwolves early momentum.
Jake Wilson, Ricky Harrison and Carl Wise all had two hits for White Knoll.
The T-Wolves hope to stay alive with a third win this season over South Aiken. White Knoll took the two region meetings with the Thoroughbreds by identical 3-1 scores.
David Smith’s softball team (20-9) dropped a 5-4 decision in nine innings to Carolina Forest. CF sent the game into extra innings with a run on a safety squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored two runs in the ninth to end it. In both cases, the host Panthers answered White Knoll runs in the top half of the two respective innings.
Lydia Trexler had a two-run double for the Timberwolves in the third that tied the score. Ashley Hudson had two hits and three stolen bases. Meagan Helms had two hits and two RBIs.
Pitchers Kaylin White and Savannah Terrapin combined to limit CF to just four hits in the game, but three errors by the defense proved costly. The Panthers scored two runs in the first with the benefit of just one hit.