Rebuilding White Knoll has had a challenging time of it so far in the 2013 baseball season. The Timberwolves, who have just three senior regulars, open the second half of the Region 5-4A campaign tonight at home against Aiken with a 4-9 overall record, and a 1-4 region grade.
But it should be noted that three of the team’s four one-run losses came in region play. The T-Wolves can get back in the hunt for a postseason berth by reversing previous verdicts in their next three region outings – against Aiken, North Augusta (March 26) and Dutch Fork (April 11). In the first meetings, WK fell 2-1 to Aiken, 3-2 to North Augusta and 4-3 to Dutch Fork.
Seniors John Robert Rodgers, Delvin Riley and Wesley Williams and freshmen Eddie Pastigiacomo and Brandon Tillmon have provided most of the highlights to date.
Rodgers, the only returning rotation starter, is 1-2 with a 3.92 ERA in four outings to date.
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Riley is off to a blazing start with a .615 batting average and an unreal 2.184 OPS. In eight games Riley is 12-for-19 with three home runs, 12 runs and eight RBI.
Williams, the returning start behind the plate, is hitting .571 with a 0.995 OPS in nine games. He batted .270 in 31 games a year ago.
Pastigiacomo has emerged as a reliable man on the hill in his WK debut season. The young right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA. His best start came in the loss at North Augusta when he allowed two runs and four hits in five innings of work.
Tillmon is batting .357 with a 1.328 OPS and leads the team in hits (10), homers (4) and RBI (10). Along the way, the rookie had three hits and four runs driven in against Boiling Springs in the RBI tournament finale and belted two home runs in a 10-9 region win over South Aiken.