The Woodward News

Sports

July 2, 2012

Travelers hammer way into the semifinals

Minors go 3-2 in Bottlerocket Shootout, end up 3rd

Woodward, Okla. — MIDWEST CITY – Woodward put on an offensive show in the opening 2 rounds of bracket play at the South Plains Classic Sunday.

The Travelers scored 35 runs in 2 games and rolled into Monday's semifinal at Rose State College.

After opening the day with a 20-4 win over the Oklahoma City Bulls, the Travelers pounded Pittsburg, Kan. 14-2 in the quarterfinals Sunday night. Woodward, 28-12, has won 12 straight games and has scored 67 runs in 6 games in this tournament.

The Travelers face Team Real Tree in an 11:45 a.m. semifinal on Monday and the winner moves into the 2 p.m. championship game. The host and heavily favored Oklahoma Outlaws and Oklahoma City Sandlot play the first semifinal at 9:30 a.m.

Against Pittsburg late Sunday, the Travelers got a one-hitter from pitcher Shawn Hunter and on offense pounded out 14 runs on 15 hits.

A 3-run first inning gave the Travelers all the runs they needed.

With one out, Connor Ross, Aaron McCandless and Clayton Stoup all singled, then Leno Ramirez belted a 2-run double.

Woodward added 2 more runs in the third on singles by Stoup, Clayton Brewster and Mason Marshall.

A 4-run sixth inning stretched the lead to 9-0. Ramirez's 2-run triple was the big blow and Dillon Langston had an RBI single.

Pittsburg scored its only 2 runs in the 6th on an error, walk and 2-out double.

But the Travelers came right back with 5 more runs in the 7th as Francisco Alvarez, Hayden Simmons and McCandless all had hits and Pittsburg committed 3 errors.

Hunter was in control throughout the game, striking out 14, walking 3 and allowing just the one hit. He struck out the side in the 4th and 7th innings and except for the 6th inning, no runner advanced past second base.

The Travelers opened bracket play with a 20-4 win over the Oklahoma City Bulls on the strength of a 14-run inning.

The Bulls actually led 4-3 after 3 innings due to a grand-slam homer in the bottom of the 3rd.

Then came the 4th inning.

Brewster started it with a double, Langston was hit by a pitch and both scored on a triple by Zach Friesen.

With one out, Ross was hit by a pitch, then McCandless singled, Marshall walked and Stoup doubled home all 3 runners.

Ramirez drew a walk and with two outs, Langston walked to load the bases. Friesen, Alvarez, Ross and McCandless all walked to bring in runs, Marshall reached on an error, then Stoup delivered his second bases-loaded double of the inning and Woodward led 17-4.

The Travelers added three more runs in the 5th with Friesen hitting a double, Ross a 2-run single and McCandless an RBI triple.

Woodward's other 3 runs came in the first inning as Ross, Stoup and Ramirez all had RBI.

Bryce Clemons was the winning pitcher in relief of Dustin Cook.

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