MOUNT PLEASANT -- Friday marked the end of the season and the end of a generation for the Wando baseball program.
The top-ranked Warriors dropped a pair of decisions to White Knoll (29-2) in the Class AAAA Lower State Championship to end their season with a 28-4 record. White Knoll won the first game, 9-8, then posted a 7-4 victory over Wando ace Drew Cisco in the nightcap.
Next season will mark the first since 2001 that there won't be a Cisco on the Warriors' roster. Mike came along in 2002, and Brian also had a good career. Then there was Drew, who will attend Georgia if he doesn't sign a pro contract next month.
"It probably won't be the same," Wando coach Jeff Blankenship said.
"We had some outstanding senior leadership, and I'm proud of what they accomplished. Intensity was the thing. We were intense for a long time tonight. We were in a good situation. They needed to win, but we just couldn't come through."
White Knoll led, 5-4, when Cisco threw what Blankenship thought was a strike-three pitch with two outs in the top of the sixth. Instead of getting out of the inning with a 5-4 deficit, Cisco gave up RBI singles to Robbie Streett and Chris Harrison to push the lead to 7-4.
The Timberwolves play Byrnes this coming week in the state championship.