The Woodward News


May 25, 2014

Travelers start season with two wins

MIDWEST CITY -  The Woodward Majors are off to a 2-0 start on the summer baseball season.

The Travelers defeated the Enid Majors 5-1 and Oklahoma Travelers 3-2 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in the Midwest City Memorial Day Tournament at Rose State College.

Woodward will play twice today at 9 a.m. against Oklahoma Ball and 11:15 a.m. against the Oklahoma City Bulls and wrap up round-robin play against the Enid Minors at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. The tournament championship game is later Monday.

On Friday, the Travelers beat Enid 4-1 in a game that was stopped due to rain in the top of the seventh.

Grant Schamburg allowed 9 hits over 6 innings, but the only run he gave up was in the first inning.

Woodward broke through with 4 runs in the fifth inning and actually added another in the seventh before the rain fell, reverting the final score back 4-1 after six innings.

Matt Martin drew a walk to open the sixth, then Dalton Gore bunted and reached on an error. Garrett Gaunt delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the game. With two outs, Bryson Lierle singled home the go-ahead and he would later score on a wild pitch. Xavier Lanham, who had four hits in the game, singled and scored on a hit by Jason Nichols.

Brady Kokojan doubled and scored on an error for the only Enid run.

Enid threatened on several other occasions, but Schamburg got key ground outs with runners on third base in three different innings.

On Saturday, Woodward again came from behind to beat the Oklahoma Travelers.

After falling behind 2-0 through five innings, the Travelers scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Schamburg led off with a walk and scored on Lierle's double. Lanham followed with a single and Lierle scored on an error. Retsyn Ootton drove in Lanham with the go-ahead run later in the inning.

The Oklahoma Travelers scored single runs in the first and third innings.

Gaunt scattered eight hits and struck out seven for the complete game win. He worked out of a two on, one out jam in the seventh by getting a fly ball and ground ball to end the game.

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