White Knoll’s softball and baseball teams advanced to Class 4A District 5 championship games with semifinal wins on Saturday.
The top-ranked Timberwolves softball team (26-2) defeated traditional power South Florence 4-0 at The Wolf Den behind the one-hit pitching of Kaylin White and back-to-back two run bursts in the fourth and fifth innings.
White allowed only a bloop hit to left field in the third inning. The young right-hander had two strikeouts and two walks.
The T-Wolves broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. Lydia Trexler’s double scored Meagan Helms with the first run. Trexler scored on Sabrina McCray’s single. The fifth-inning haul featured a walk by Brittney Williamson, a single by Nicole Stancil, a walk by Maddie Sharpe and a RBI single by Helms.
White Knoll will face the winner of Monday’s South Florence vs. Aiken elimination game. The T-Wolves need just one win to secure its fourth district title, its first since 2005.
Jonny Thompson’s second-ranked baseball team saw is run of 11 straight double-digit scoring totals come to and end, but the T-Wolves did the most important thing on Saturday against Hartsville – win and advance. WK defeated the Red Foxes 6-2 and will face either Hartsville or James Island in the district title bout on Wednesday.
It was the 23rd consecutive win for the T-Wolves, 25-1 and ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.
Eric Allen went the distance for the mound decision. The right-hander scattered 10 Red Foxes hits, struck out seven, issued two free passes and hit one batter. Allen benefited from solid defensive support. White Knoll turned two double plays in the game, none bigger than the twin killing in the first inning when Hartsville had a one run in and two men on base with no outs. Allen induced a 4-6-3 grounder from Hartsville cleanup hitter Adam Peterson and escaped major damage.
The T-Wolves offer a three-run riposte in the bottom of the first. Robbie Streett was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by Chris Harrison and scored on Zack Smith’s sacrifice fly. Austin Dunn followed with a single to plate Harrison. The third run came on a single by shortstop Carl Wise.
Zack Smith was the hitting star, going 2-for-2 with four RBIs. His two-run double in the fourth upped the WK lead to 5-1, and he added another sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Like the softball team, the baseball club is shooting for its fourth district championship. WK’s previous titles were earned in 2004, 2007 and 2008.