White Knoll stunned by Lady Cobras in Class 5A softball playoffs

Thomas Grant Jr. photos.

The quest for the perfect season ended in imperfect fashion Friday for the White Knoll softball team.

The Lady Timberwolves were defeated 2-1 by Cane Bay in the winner’s bracket Class 5A District 5 Lower State playoffs. It was the first loss this season for the defending state champions and snapped a 23-game winning streak which started following a Lower State playoff loss to Ashley Ridge.

The Lady Wildcats rebounded to end the post-season with five straight victories and a first-ever state champions. They would need to win three straight to return to the Lower State playoffs for a third straight year.

Friday’s contest saw both teams combine for seven errors. White Knoll was responsible for four miscues, two of which resulted in both runs for the Lady Cobras.

With pitcher Joey Lawhorn on the mound, Cane Bay also held White Knoll to a season-low 1 hit.

That was a game-tying RBI single in the Bottom first by White Knoll pitcher Andrea Lyon.

She finished with 10 strikeouts and allowed just two hits and two walks.

It was a walk, however, to Khia Wright with one out in the Top seventh that started the game-winning rally for Cane Bay. The next batter, Mallena Wright, hit a flyball that was misplayed in leftfield and put runners on second and third.

Smiley Kinloch followed with a sacrifice fly to leftfield fielded in foul territory. Wright beat the throw home to break the tie. This was the second RBI sacrifice fly of the game for Cane Bay, the first came in the Top first by Catelynn Riley.

Both Kinloch and Wright accounted for both hits for the Lady Cobras.

Lawhorn retired the first two White Knoll batters in the Bottom seventh and got pinch-hitter Mackenzie McElroy to pop out in the infield to end the game.

White Knoll (18-1) will look to keep its repeat title hopes alive Monday at home against Saturday’s Carolina Forest/Summerville winner. The winner of Monday’s game will then travel to Cane Bay for the District final.

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