White Knoll won another shot at top-ranked Wando thanks to a 9-0 victory against Summerville in a Class 4A Lower State tournament elimination game Wednesday at The Wolf Den.
The Timberwolves will return to Mount Pleasant on Friday night for the Lower State finale. They must win twice against the Warriors to advance to the state championship series for the first time in school history.
"There was a lot of talk around school today about getting a chance to go back to play Wando, but we stressed to the team that we had to take care of business against Summerville first," Timberwolves coach Jonny Thompson said.
"I think we did a good job of being ready to go tonight and not looking ahead."
Two days after being held to season-low totals in runs (1) and hits (6) by Wando ace Drew Cisco, the boom returned to the Timberwolves' bats. White Knoll slugged three home runs and rapped 10 hits off five Green Wave pitchers.
"Cisco is as polished a pitcher as I've seen," Thompson said.
"He has three quality pitches and when he's getting them all over, he is very tough. So, it was good to see us get in some good swings again tonight."
Shortstop Carl Wise hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning to get the Timberwolves on the board. Josh Sealey and Robbie Streett homered in the sixth. Sealey connected for a towering two-hit shot down the left field line, and Streett followed two batters later with a solo blast to nearly the same spot.
Chris Harrison and Austin Dunn each had two hits to lead White Knoll.
Taylor Britain pitched six shutout innings for the Timberwolves, allowing five hits. He was lifted after walking the leadoff hitter in the seventh.
"Taylor gave us a real lift," Thompson said.
"He got his change-up over right from the start, and that was key because it set up his fastball and breaking pitch."
Second-ranked White Knoll carries a 28-2 record into Friday's rematch with the Warriors (28-2).