Travelers to state tourney

The Woodward Travelers 18-under baseball team after winning the recent Route 66 Classic.

The Woodward Travelers 18-under baseball team will take a 31-7 record into this week's Connie Mack State Tournament at Enid.

The 12-team tournament opens Wednesday and goes through Sunday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid.

Both Woodward teams are in the field along with two Enid teams, two Southwest Shocker teams, two Oklahoma Sandlot teams, the Oklahoma Expos, Oklahoma Drillers, OKC Indians and Oklahoma Titans.

Winner of the tournament earns a spot in next week's Connie Mack Regional Tournament also in Enid. Depending on who wins the tournament and various other factors more than one team could qualify for the regional.

Woodward has won two Connie Mack State Tournaments this decade and finished second two other times.

The Travelers 18-under team faces the Southwest Shockers Black at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round. The winner faces the OK Drillers-OK Titans winner at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The two losing teams will play an elimination game at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Woodward's 17-under team opens up against Sandlot Ballard at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday with the winner going against the OK Expos-Enid Plainsmen winner at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. Losing teams play at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The Travelers 18-under team has gone 9-2 in the last two weeks, winning its Route 66 Classic in Weatherford with a 6-0 record, then going 3-2 in the Great Plains Shootout at Topeka, Kan. over this las weekend.

The Travelers 17-under team went 2-3 in Topeka.

For the 18-under team in the Route 66 Classic, they beat the Southwest Shockers Red 4-0 in the finals behind a five-hit complete game from Dylan Turner, who had seven strikeouts.

Colton Hunter and Tyler Richey had two hits each. Ty Goss drove in two runs and Hunter and Brady Bowles one each.

Woodward advanced with a 4-3 win over the Wichita Sluggers Minor in the semifinals thanks to Hunter's two-run walkoff hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Goss had drive in two runs earlier in the game.

Christopher Goldston got the win in relief of Cole Fletcher, who struck out 11 over six innings.

In earlier games, the Travelers outscored four opponents by a 53-14 margin.

Goss had a huge tournament hitting .550, driving in 13 runs and scorning nine. Parker Ward (.538), Hunter (.533) and Brady Bowles (.500) all hit .500 or better in the six games.

Goldston belted four home runs, drove in 10 runs and scored nine.Bowles had seven RBI and Jett Brown eight. Hunter scored seven runs.

In Topeka, the Travelers lost to KC Yard No. 1 3-2, beat the Cavaliers 13-3, lost to Next Level Baseball 9-4 and beat Natural Baseball Hosier 11-4 and Natural Baseball Jones 11-6.

In the last game, Brown, Caden Church and Goss all had three hits to lead the Travelers 15-hit onslaught. Brown and Church each drove in three runs. Bowles pitched six innings for the win with Goldston working the seventh.

Against Natural Hosier a six-run sixth inning broke open a tight game and sent the Travelers to an 11-4 win.

The 17-under team lost to the BTL Hornets 9-1 and the Wichita Sluggers 8-1, then beat Natural Baseball 18s 3-2 and the Cavaliers 3-2. They lost their final game 17-13 to Pueblo, Colo., Loaf & Jug.

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