WALTERBORO -- Thomas Heyward slugged out nine hits and took advantage of nine Colleton Prep errors to rout the War Hawks 12-1 in six innings Monday in Game 1 of the SCISA Class AA state title series.

The best-of-three series shifts to Ridgeland today, where the Rebels (27-3) would clinch the championship with a win.

In the fifth meeting between the squads this season, Thomas Heyward seized control early and never looked back. The Rebels did most of the damage over the game's first three innings, plating one in the first, two more in the second and five in the third to take a commanding 8-0 lead.

Colleton Prep (27-12) stranded seven base runners.