First pitch

The Woodward Travelers completed their alumni weekend with recognition of returning players and more at Fuller Park on Saturday night. Don Carman, who pitched in the Majors primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies, throws the ceremonial first pitch as Traveler coach Mark Ward watches. (Photo provided)

In a marathon session on Saturday, the Travelers 18-under baseball team won four games, and also celebrated the induction of three players into the program's Hall of Fame.

On the field, the Travelers beat Liberal 6-1, the Oklahoma City Branditos 8-7 and Las Vegas twice, 8-0 and 7-4.

Before the Las Vegas games, the Travelers inducted Ryan Minor, Damon Minor and Chad Mead into the Travelers Hall of Fame and also recognized alumni on hand for the weekend.

Don Carman, who pitched in the Majors with the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds, threw out the first pitch.

Ryan and Damon Minor were quite possibly the most feared power hitting duo in Traveler history and both played at the University of Oklahoma and reached the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants, respectively.

In their Traveler career, they combined for 108 home runs

Mead was a dominant left-handed pitcher who could also hit for power and produce runs. He played at the University of Oklahoma and Ole Miss, then in the Chicago Cubs organization.

Mead's 1994 Traveler season included 17 home runs, 113 runs-batted-in, 13 wins as a pitcher and 182 strikeouts. He also had multiple no-hitters that season.

Woodward ended the third weekend of the season with a 22-2 record and will play starting Thursday in the annual Tony Andenucio Memorial Day Tournament in Pueblo, Colo. The Travelers, semifinalists a year ago, will play six or seven games over the four-day period.

Here is a recap of Saturday's action.

Woodward 6, Liberal 1

The Travelers used a five-run second inning as the catalyst to a 6-1 decision.

Brady Benedict and Michael Wingfield each drove in two runs for Woodward. Will Farr had a pair of hits.

Kayden Whetstone was the winning pitcher.

Woodward 8, OKC Branditos 7

Falling behind 7-2 after three innings, the Travelers rallied over the final two frames, scoring twice in bottom of the seventh for the win.

Benedict and Ty Goss led the 8-hit attack with two each. Benedict also drove in a pair of runs.

Goss and Jett Brown pitched for Woodward, combining for eight strikeouts.

Woodward 8, Las Vegas 0

Benedict scattered two hits over five innings as Woodward controlled the game from the start.

Patrick Hunter, David Garcia and Drake Kerr all had two hits. Kerr drove in two runs and Hunter and Brown one each.

Woodward 7, Las Vegas 4

A six-run sixth inning lifted the Travelers to the win.

Kerr had a pair of hits and Benedict drove in three runs for Woodward.

Parker Ward and Dillon Bumgarner shared pitching duties, combining for 13 strikeouts.


The 16-under Travelers team split their final two games in the Clinton Tournament, edging Lookeba-Sickles 6-5 and dropping an 8-6 decision to Lawton on Saturday.

David Cronister's walkoff hit gave the Travelers the win over Lookeba-Sickles in a back and forth game.

Woodward jumped out to a 4-1 lead, then fell behind 5-4 as Lookeba-Sickles scored four runs in the fifth inning. The Travelers evened it in the bottom half, then got the win in the seventh.

Cronister had two of the Travelers' six hits.

Dalten Kuper and Cronister pitched for Woodward.

Against Lawton, the Travelers fell behind 7-3 after two innings and were unable to catch up.

Matt Shenberger led Woodward with three hits and Kade Jones had a pair. Shenberger also drove in a pair of runs.

Woodward goes to Alva on Tuesday and will host Clinton on Thursday and Pioneer on Friday.