The Woodward News

June 1, 2013

Travelers go 2-0 in festival

Johnny McMahnan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — After day one of the Woodward Baseball Festival, the Traveler Majors and Oklahoma Outlaws of Midwest City are leading the way.

The Travelers defeated Team Real Tree 7-2 and Bartlesville 7-6 while the Outlaws downed the Southwest Shockers 5-3 and Bartlesville 9-1 on Friday.

In the other game, the Shockers defeated Real Tree 9-3.

Saturday's schedule has Real Tree vs. the Outlaws at 10 a.m., the Shockers vs. Bartlesville at 12:15 p.m., Woodward vs. the Shockers at 2:30 p.m., Bartlesville vs. Real Tree at 4:45 p.m. and Woodward vs. the Oklahoma Outlaws at 7 p.m.

The bracket round is Sunday.

The Travelers opened play in their festival by defeating Real Tree, 7-2.

Dalton Shalberg scattered 5 hits over 5 innings for the win and the Travelers put up 7 runs in the first 2 innings to lead from start to finish.

A four-run first inning gave the Travelers all the runs they needed.

Harley Herring doubled to start the inning and one out later, Zach Fowler singled home a run. Korey Floyd followed with a hit and Francisco Alvarez tripled home 2 runs. Matt Martin then delivered a sacrifice fly for the 4-0 lead.

Real Tree scored a run in the top of the second but Shalberg worked out of a bases-loaded jam to avoid further damage.

In the bottom half, the Travelers plated 3 more runs as Herring doubled with 2 out, Leno Ramirez singled and Fowler singled in 2 runs. Floyd's RBI single brought in Fowler to make it 7-1.

That was the end of the Traveler offense as Real Tree relievers Wyatt Carter and Brady Holcomb allowed just one base runner over the last 4 innings.

Shalberg allowed only a fourth inning home run before Thomas Sander came in for the final 2 frames. Sander retired all 6 batters he faced.

In their second game, The Travelers lost a 6-0 lead before edging Bartlesville 7-6.

The winning run came in the top of the 7th when Fowler scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Alvarez.

Giles Fox got the win in relief of Alvarez and Garret Collins pitched the seventh inning for the save.

Woodward built a 6-0 lead with 2 runs in the first inning, one in the third, one in th fourth and 2 more in the fifth.

Alvarez had 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs for Woodward. He also scored twice as did Fowler.

Bartlesville, though, scored 3 in the bottom of the fifth and 3 more in the sixth to tie the game.