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June 20, 2014

Travelers 2-1 in Omaha Tournament

Woodward, Okla. — OMAHA, Neb. – After winning their opening games by margins of 7-0 and 12-0, the Traveler Majors dropped a 3-2 decision in the third game of the College World Series Tournament here Thursday.

Woodward is 2-1 in its pool with games remaining against the Colorado Travelers today at 9:30 a.m. and host Gross Catholic, Neb. High School at noon on Saturday.

The Travelers opened play on Wednesday night with a 7-0 win over Cass Walton High School of Indiana.

Holden Lyons was dominant on the mound, allowing three hits and striking out nine over seven innings.

Offensively, the Travelers scored all the runs they needed with three in the third inning, then added a run in the fourth and three more in the seventh.

Xavier Lanham's triple scored Garrett Gaunt and Grant Schamburg to get the scoring started. Lanham then scored on a Garrett Collins double. Gaunt walked and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.

In the seventh. Easton Palmer had an RBI single and two other runs scored on wild pitches.

Woodward then routed Edmond North 12-0 on Thursday morning.

Brett Lorah worked four innings, giving up two hits and striking out six. Cody Daylor pitched the fifth inning.

Woodward had two big innings at the plate, scoring four times in the second and eight times in the fourth. Chandler Salinas scored three runs to pace the offense. Gage Ross drove in a pair of runs with a double and single while Gaunt, Schamburg, Lanham, Collins and Palmer all had RBI hits.

In the second game on Thursday, Papillion, Neb. scored in the top of the eighth inning to edge the Travelers 3-2. Woodward had tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Gaunt, the third Traveler pitch, took the tough-luck loss.

Papillion led 2-0 after the top of the fifth inning, but Woodward got one back in the bottom of the fifth on singles by Bryson Lierle and Gaunt.

In the seventh, Lierle hit a one-out single and moved to third on a single by Gaunt. Palmer delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Papillion scored in the eighth on a hit batsman, single and sacrifice fly.

The Travelers got two runners on in the bottom half, but a fielders choice, fielders choice and strikeout ended the game.

Jason Nichols had three hits to lead the Travelers..

Woodward is 18-7 on the season.

After the tournament concludes this weakend, the Travelers are scheduled to host Oklahoma City Sandlot on Tuesday, then go to a tournament in Midwest City.

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