White Knoll improved to 2-1 in Region 5-4A baseball with a tough 2-1 road win at Aiken on Tuesday night. The eighth-ranked Timberwolves now stand at 6-1 overall.
Chris Harrison went the distance to improve to 1-1 on the mound, bouncing back nicely after serving up a two-run, walk-off homer in his last outing – a 6-4 loss to North Augusta in the region opener last week.
White Knoll had to scratch to get its runs off hard-luck Aiken starter Thomas Timmerman. The Timberwolves pulled even at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Matt Tanner reached on an error, moved up on a single by Josh Sealey and scampered home on another Green Hornets boot. The game winner came in sixth. Austin Dunn led off with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tanner and dashed home on Sealey’s sacrifice fly.
Harrison blanked Aiken over the final four innings after the Green Hornets gained a 1-0 advantage with an unearned run in the bottom of the third. Aiken had its leadoff man in the seventh reach base, but Harrison closed the door by getting three straight outs, two of them whiffs.
The Timberwolves handed Dutch Fork its first region setback late last week behind the pitching of Taylor Britain, who allowed only three hits and no earned runs in a 6.2-inning stint in the 6-2 win. Hunter Counts was the WK hitting star, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Dunn and Eric Allen were also credited with RBIs.