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July 22, 2012

Travelers second in Sooner Showcase

Woodward, Okla. — NORMAN – The Traveler Majors wrapped up their season with a second place finish in the Sooner Showcase Festival at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday.

Woodward lost 8-7 to the Southwest Shockers in the championship game after defeating Okmulgee 9-1 and Real Tree 4-0 earlier in the day to reach the final.

The Travelers end up with a 42-20 record that includes victories in its own July Festival and in the Connie Mack State Tournament. Woodward was second in the South Plains Classic at Midwest City in addition to the Sooner Showcase.

In the finals, the Travelers fell behind 8-2 after 2 innings and closed the gap to 8-7 in the fifth but couldn't score in the final 2 frames.

Kent Callison started and took the loss. Dillon Langston and Leno Ramirez threw in relief.

Aaron McCandless had 2 hits and scored 2 runs for the Travelers. Connor Ross had an RBI double and Clayton Stoup and Dustin Cook also had a pair of hits.

In the quarterfinals Woodward hammered Okmulgee 9-1.

Hayden Simmons singled, doubled and drove in 4 runs to pace the Travelers. Cody Hunter also drove in a pair of runs.

Stoup, Mason Marshall, Hunter and Langston all scored twice.

Collin Hightower went all 5 innings for the win, scattering 5 hits and striking out 8.

Cook fired a 2-hitter in the semifinals as the Travelers downed Real Tree 4-0.

In 7 innings, Cook struck out 6 and issued just one walk. Real Tree only advanced one runner past second base.

The Travelers had 10 hits in the game, 3 by McCandless and 2 by Stoup.

Ramirez scored twice and McCandless and Ross once each. Three of the Traveler runs scored on errors.

Woodward's Minors also played on Saturday, losing a close 6-3 decision to the Oklahoma City Ambassadors in the quarterfinals.

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