The Woodward News

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June 16, 2012

Traveler Majors split games on Friday

Woodward, Okla. — LAWTON - Francisco Alvarez delivered on the mound and at the plate in the Southwest Shockers baseball tourney Friday.

Alvarez pitched into the 7th inning and also delivered the game-winning hit in a 2-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Ambassadors.

Later Friday, the Travelers dropped a 3-2 decision to the host Southwest Shockers.

Woodward, 14-10, finished 2-2 in the round robin portion of the tournament and will be in bracket play on Saturday with pairings to be determined.

Against the Ambassadors, Alvarez scattered 8 hits and the only run allowed was unearned in the top of the 6th inning.

He left the game in the 7th after a walk and hit, then Leno Ramirez relieved.

Ramirez got the first hitter on a fly ball, then struck out the final 2 batters for the save.

The Travelers left runners in scoring position in the first 3 innings and were shut out until the bottom of the 6th.

With one out in the 6th inning, Aaron McCandless singled and Mason Marshall walked.

With two outs, Clayton Stoup was walked intentionally, then Alvarez delivered a 2-run single up the middle for the 2-1 lead.

Shawn Hunter was the losing pitcher in the second game, despite striking out 11 over 5 innings.

The Shockers built a 3-0 lead with an unearned run in the first inning, then two more runs in the third.

Woodward didn't get much going until the 5th when Zach Friesen singled with 2 outs and scored on a double by Connor Ross. Ramirez then singled in Ross.

In the 7th, the Travelers had another chance. Alvarez bunted for a hit and Bryce Clemons walked to open the inning. Friesen bunted them to 2nd and 3rd base. Ross was walked intentionally to load the bases, but a strikeout and ground ball fielder's choice ended the game.

The Shockers tournament concludes on Sunday, then the Travelers will play Oklahoma City Sandlot at Hefner Park on Monday before going to the College World Series Tournament in Omaha, Neb.

The Traveler Minors are playing in a tournament at Dodge City, Kan. Saturday and Sunday.

The Minors split a doubleheader with the Oklahoma City Bulls on Thursday night, winning 8-7 in 8 innings and losing 15-0.

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