Woodward, Okla. —
MIDWEST CITY – For the second year in a row, the Traveler Majors finished second in the prestigious South Plains Classic at Rose State College.
Oklahoma City Sandlot scored a run in the bottom of the 7th to edge the Travelers 6-5 in the championship game on Monday afternoon. Sandlot had upset the top-seeded Oklahoma Outlaws in the semifinals.
Woodward reached the finals by holding off Team Real Tree 10-9 in the semifinal matchup earlier on Monday.
The Travelers saw their 13-game winning streak snapped, but went a program best 7-1 in the tournament and improved their overall mark to 29-13.
Against Sandlot, the Travelers took an early led but the Oklahoma City team tied it up 5-5 after five innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Sandlot used a walk and 2 singles to score the winning run.
Leno Ramirez, the third Traveler pitcher, took the loss.
The Travelers had 11 hits, but left 7 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the 5th inning.
Zach Friesen had 3 hits, including a triple to pace the attack and Clayton Stoup had a key 2-run double. Francisco Alvarez and Aaron McCandless also drove in runs.
In the semifinals, the Travelers survived a big seventh inning by Team Real Tree in the 10-9 win.
Real Tree scored 4 times in the 7th inning before the Travelers got the final out and the victory.
The game was back and forth with Real Tree taking a 4-0 lead, only to see the Travelers go up 10-5 with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th.
Kent Callison got the win, working into the 6th inning. Ramirez picked up his 5th save of the season.
Offensively, the Travelers had 14 hits including 2 each by Ramirez, Connor Ross, Dillon Langston and Friesen. Woodward also took advantage of several Real Tree errors.
Langston scored 3 times and Ramirez twice.
A busy week is ahead for both Traveler teams.