Woodward, Okla. —
OMAHA - The Traveler Majors will open play in the College World Series Tournament tonight (June 18).
The Travelers, 16-6, face a team from Walton, Indiana at 7 p.m. in the Gross Catholic Pool. All of Woodward's games will be played at Gross Catholic High School.
Woodward has a quick turnaround on Thursday, facing Edmond North at 9:30 a.m. and Papillion, Neb. at noon. On Friday, the Travelers face the Colorado Travelers at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturday take on Gross Catholic at noon.
The bracket round starts later Saturday, though only the winners of the 8 pools will go into the quarterfinals.
Woodward is looking for its first trip to the bracket round in the tournament.
The Travelers take a four-game winning streak into the tournament.
After wrapping up play in the rain-delayed Justin Sullivan Tournament with wins over the Midwest Blacksox (7-3) and Westmoore (10-1), the Travelers beat the Oklahoma City Bulls twice on Monday.
Woodward defeated the Bulls 16-5 and 9-6 at Southern Nazarene University.
Grant Schamburg was the winner in the 16-5 game, striking out seven and allowing three runs over four innings. Brett Lorah worked the fifth frame.
Garrett Gaunt blasted a grand-slam homer and drove in six runs to fuel the offense.
Garrett Collins homered and drove in three runs while Xavier Lanham doubled, homered and had four RBI.
Every player in the Traveler lineup scored at least once.
The 9-6 game was back and forth with the Travelers scoring three times in the top of the seventh to get the win.
Gaunt, the fifth Traveler pitcher, worked two scoreless innings for the victory.
Woodward led 4-0 and 6-4, but the Bulls rallied to the score each time. In the seventh inning, Lanham drew a two-out walk, then Collins singled, Bryson Lierle walked and Chandler Salinas doubled home two runs. Gage Ross followed with an RBI single.
Collins had a big game, with three hits, including a home run, three runs scored and four RBI. Lanham scored four times.
On Monday, the Traveler Minors split a pair of games against Weatherford at Fuller Park.
Weatherford took the opener 4-0, limiting the Minors to a pair of hits.
In the second game, Weatherford jumped out to an 8-3 lead but the Minors scored seven runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-8 lead.
Woodward led 12-8 before Weatherford scored three in the top of the seventh to make the final 12-11.
Dillon Moore was the winning pitcher.
The Minors followed that up with a pair of wins at Hammon on Tuesday, 13-4 and 14-4.
The Minors also split a pair of games on Sunday against the Southwest Shockers, losing 6-4 and winning 13-8.
Woodward played at Hammon on Tuesday and is scheduled to visit Dodge City, Kan. tonight.
On Friday, the Minors begin play in the Alva Tournament.