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July 11, 2012

Travelers edge Cleveland County Boomers, 2-1

Woodward, Okla. — ENID - A two-run first inning proved enough for the Traveler Majors as they edged the Cleveland County Boomers 2-1 in the Connie Mack State Baseball Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark on Wednesday.

Traveler pitchers Dustin Cook and Leno Ramirez combined to strike out 13 Boomers while working out of trouble on a couple of occasions.

Cook pitched into the 4th inning for the win and Ramirez worked 2.2 innings to collect his 7th save of the season.

There were some anxious moments, particularly in the fifth inning when the Boomers loaded the bases.

Cook gave up 2 singles to start the inning before recording a strikeout. Ramirez relieved and fanned Trey Vancuren, the Boomers dangerous leadoff hitter, for the second out. A single loaded the bases but Aaron McCandless chased down a pop fly in short right field for the third out.

The Boomers had only one baserunner in the final 2 innings and Ramirez finished the game with back-to-back strikeouts.

Cook struck out the side in the second and fourth innings and finished with 8 strikeouts.

The Travelers never got much going on offense, but took advantage of a Cleveland County miscue to score its first inning runs.

With 2 outs and Ramirez on second, Mason Marshall struck out, but the ball got away from the catcher, who then threw wildly to first base, allowing Ramirez to score and Marshall to go all the way to third base.  Marshall then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

The Travelers had some more opportunities but could not break through against Ryan Reynolds and Dallas Clark, who shared the Cleveland County pitching duties.

Cody Hunter and Hayden Simmons reached on infield singles in the second inning and were stranded at second and third base. In the third, McCandless singled and Marshall walked with one out before a pop fly and strikeout ended the inning.

Ramirez hit a one-out double in the fifth but didn't advance any farther and the Travelers also left 2 runners on in the sixth inning.

A walk and Vancuren's double accounted for the Cleveland County run in the third inning.

The Travelers, 35-16, will face Oklahoma City Sandlot in the second round today at 5 p.m. Sandlot defeated the Enid Minors 8-1 in the first game on Wednesday.

In Wednesday's late game, the Traveler Minors were taking on the second-seeded Enid Majors.

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