SHAWNEE – Rain forced the Midwest City Memorial Day baseball tournament to move to Shawnee High School from Rose State College on Sunday.
But the site change and the weather didn't slow the fast start to the season by the Woodward Traveler Majors.
Woodward improved to 4-0 in the tournament with wins of 7-1 over Oklahoma Ball and 13-2 over the Oklahoma City Bulls. The Travelers are scheduled to play the Enid Minors at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, then the championship game later Monday night.
The Travelers trailed Oklahoma Ball 1-0 until the third inning when they exploded for four runs and pulled away from there.
Grant Schamburg singled and scored on a hit by Xavier Lanham to make it 1-1. Easton Palmer delivered a sacrifice fly and later in the inning Matt Martin ripped a 2-run single for a 4-0 lead.
Woodward added two more runs in the fourth on hits by Garrett Gaunt, Schamburg, Lanham and Jason Nichols.
In the fifth, Spenser Gill tripled and Martin singled for the 7-1 final.
Junior Obeso pitched six innings for the victory, allowing four hits and one run. Cale Jung worked the seventh inning.
Another big inning sparked the 13-2 win over the Oklahoma City Bulls.
Ahead just 3-2 going into the sixth inning, the Travelers cut loose with a 10-run inning.
Martin started things with a one-out double, then Beau Srader walked and Gaunt walked to load the bases. Schamburg singled home a run, Bryson Lierle walked for another, then Lanham ripped a bases-clearing double. With two outs, Restyn Ootton singled, Garrett Collins singled in a run, Martin walked, Srader singled in a run and Gaunt doubled home two more.
Suddenly it was 13-2 and when the Bulls didn't answer in the bottom half it was game over.
Woodward led 1-0 in the third as Srader, who scored four runs, walked, Gaunt doubled and Schamburg hit a sacrifice fly.
The Bulls evened it up in the fourth, then Woodward went up 3-1 in the fifth as Schamburg and Lierle drove in runs. The Bulls cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Holden Lyons went the distance for the win, giving up 5 hits and striking out eight.
The Travelers had 16 hits in the game.