The Woodward News

July 7, 2013

Travelers win holiday festival

Johnny McMahan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Capping their best week of the season with a flourish, the Woodward Traveler Majors won their holiday baseball festival at Fuller Park Sunday night.

The Travelers defeated the Southwest Shockers 9-3 in the championship game, ending the marathon day on a successful note.

After 3 days of pool play, 8 teams played a single elimination bracket on Sunday, meaning someone needed 3 wins to get the championship.

After defeating the Traveler Minors 9-6 in the morning, the Majors outslugged the Oklahoma City Bulls 12-7 in the semis, then knocked off the Shockers, who were coming off a championship in the South Plains Classic at Midwest City last week. The Shockers reached the finals by beating the Oklahoma City Drillers and Dodge City.

Woodward went 7-2 for the week and raised its season record to 26-19

In the finals, the Majors jumped on the Shockers with a 6-run second inning as Francisco Alvarez and Leno Ramirez each drove in a pair of runs. Cullen Mack also had an RBI single.

The Shockers trimmed the lead to 6-3 after four innings, but couldn't do anything else over the final 3 frames against Ramirez, who had relieved starter Garret Collins in the third inning.

Ramirez doubled home Matt Martin and Alvarez in the sixth to make it 8-3, then Martin singled home Zach Fowler in the seventh for the final run.

It was the third straight championship for the Travelers in their July festival.

The opening game on Sunday was a battle for the Majors as they fell behind the Woodward Minors 4-0 in the top of the first and the game was still tied 4-4 until the Majors scored 5 times in the fifth inning.

Beau Srader opened the game for the Minors with a double, then Clay Teel and Garrett Hines singled. Cash Pool drew a walk and Troy Reddoch was hit by a pitch to force in a run, then Rylan Tartsah singled in another. A fielders'  choice made it 4-0.

The Majors got 3 back in the bottom half with Collins hitting a key 2-run double.

Dalton Reed's RBI single tied the game in the third inning.

In the fifth, an error opened the inning and 2 outs later Fowler, Reed, Harley Herring and Martin all singled. The Minors also committed 3 more errors to allow the Majors some breathing room.

The Minors answered with a pair of runs in the sixth off starter Dustin Cook as Zac Johnson and Gage Owen had RBI hits. Ramirez came on in relief and retired all 5 batters he faced for the save.

Against the Oklahoma City Bulls, the Majors fell behind 3-0 before exploding for 6 runs in the fourth inning. The Bulls evened things up in the fifth, but another 6-run inning in the sixth powered the Majors to the 12-7 verdict.

Mack led off the fourth with a solo homer, then Cook singled and Dakota Woods walked. Alvarez singled to load the bases. Consecutive hits by Ramirez, Korey Floyd, Collins and Fowler put the Travelers in front 6-3.

The Bulls answered with 3 in the fifth against Holden Lyons and Giles Fox to even the game.

But in the top of the sixth, Collins drew a leadoff walk and Fowler singled. One out later, Mack walked. Cook was hit by a pitch and Woods was safe on an error. Alvarez then singled home two runs and scored on Ramirez's squeeze bunt to make it 12-6.

Ramirez worked the final 2 innings, allowing one run.

Woodward finished up pool play on Saturday night with an 11-3 win over the Oklahoma City Drillers.

Chase Wilson pitched all 5 innings for the win.

Alvarez and Ramirez scored 3 times each and Floyd drove in 3 runs to pace the offense. Collins and Ramirez also had a pair of RBI.

A 5-run fourth inning was decisive for the Majors.

Woodward will travel to Enid on Tuesday for a doubleheader, then go to a festival in Lawton for the weekend. The Minors host the Enid Minors on Tuesday and will also be in the festival at Lawton.