The Woodward News


July 8, 2012

Traveler Majors win festival

Woodward, Okla. — Bouncing back from a pair of losses on Saturday, the Traveler Majors run-ruled 2 opponents on Sunday to win the Traveler Baseball Festival at Fuller Park Sunday.

Woodward beat Ada 9-0 in the semifinals, then downed Dodge City, Kan. 10-2 in the championship game. Dodge City reached the final by stunning the Southwest Shockers 2-0.

In the early game on Sunday, the Traveler Minors reversed an earlier loss to the Wichita Sluggers with a 14-3 win in the 5th place game.

In losses Saturday to the Shockers and Ada, the Travelers scored just 3 runs in 14 innings.

They got 4 in the opening frame against Ada on the way to a 5-inning victory.

Connor Ross and Aaron McCandless singled with one out. Ross scored on a wild pitch and Mason Marshall followed with a 2-run homer, his fourth round-tripper of the tournament. Leno Ramirez walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dillon Langston.

The first inning outburst was more than enough for Shawn Hunter, who scattered just 3 hits and used only 56 pitches in 5 innings for his 5th win of the season. Ada didn't advance a runner past second base.

The Travelers added a  run in the third, 3 in the fourth with McCandless hitting a 2-run single and another in the fifth on a Clayton Stoup double and Langston sacrifice fly.

In the championship game, the Travelers broke open a 2-2 tie in with 4 runs in the third inning and added 4 in the fourth to put the game away.

Dustin Cook got the win in relief of Kent Callison. It was Cook's second victory of the tournament.

Woodward scored twice in the second inning on a hit-batsman, walk and error. After Dodge City tied the game in the top of the third, the Travelers scored four times in the bottom half. Ramirez had a single and Cody Hunter, playing with the Travelers for the first time this summer, hit a 2-run double.

In the fourth, Ross and McCandless had singles and the Travelers took advantage of a pair of walks and some Dodge City miscues.

Ramirez scored 3 times and McCandless and Stoup twice for the Travelers.

Jordan Dome doubled and tripled to lead Dodge City.

Woodward is 34-16 on the season and scheduled to play the Oklahoma Grays on Tuesday in Norman, then go into the Connie Mack State Tournament beginning Wednesday in Enid.

The Minors scored in 6 of  7 innings to beat Wichita.

Dakota Woods singled and scored on an error for a 1-0 lead, then Garrett Hines singled and scored on an error in the second to make it 2-0.

In the fourth, Dillon Dugger doubled and scored for a 3-0 lead.

Then, with the score 4-4 in the fifth, the Travelers plated 6 runs.

Korey Floyd doubled, Woods was hit by a pitch, Garrett Collins walked, Thomas Sander, Dugger and Matt Martin all singled, Hines was hit by a pitch and Troy Reddoch singled. Brandon Clay brought in the final run with a ground ball.

Collins scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning and the Travelers scofred four times in the seventh on 3 hits and 5 walks.

Dylan Miller went all 7 innings for the pitching victory.

The Minors play in the Connie Mack State Tournament on Wednesday.

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