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2019 SEASON WRAP-UP

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2019 Travelers - Making the Most of a Great Team!

TRAVELERS FINISH SEASON 48-11

A host of extenuating circumstances leading up to and during the season never allowed the Travelers to put their planned entire unit on the field at any time during the 2019 campaign. That, however, didn't stop the youth-laden squad from an incredible campaign in which they posted a 48-11 overall record, which was good enough for the most wins since the 2010 USABF World Series championship club posted 59 victories. With an outstanding .814 winning percentage, the club had its best mark in that category since posting a .909 mark in 2011.

That was all completed with very limited contributions from what were expected to be the club's top four returning pitchers from 2018 as well as injuries that sideline others.  Losing key defensive contributer from a year ago in Colton Clinesmith at the catcher position would cause a shuffle of several players at the critical position.  Clinesmith had enough success during his career to be able to extend his career at Mid American College this fall.

"We absolutely made the most out of this team." said head coach Mark Ward.  "The direction we had planned for them totallly changed early on, but the good thing is we had great success adjusting and many of them return for next summer.  I want to personally thank coaches Kris Webb, Luke Ward and Kevin Farr for their efforts with this years team."

"I believe God has a plan for every situation and we have a choice to follow that direction to its fullest or make excuses for it.  This team accepted every aspect of what we were together as a group and the results were great."

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

Instead it was a new cast of Travelers, many moving up from younger Traveler teams in past years, that stepped up in major roles as position players as well as pitchers.

One of the constants however was the middle infield combination of 2020 grads Ty Goss and Parker Ward, who were regulars in the shortstop and second base slots for the second straight year and key contributors in the batting rotation.

Despite being limited on the mound due to a rehab assignment for pitching, Colton Hunter returned to anchor the offensive lineup and led the club in batting average (.440), Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 9.15.51 PM.pngon-base percentage (.581), slugging percentage (.603), doubles (19) and walks (38).  Hunter was a steady force wire to wire at the plate and again showed he is at his best in big situations. He is taking his talents to Southwestern Oklahoma State where he will be given an opportunity to pitch and play the field for the bulldogs.

Weather played havoc with much of the summer schedule, with a host of cancellations especially early on, but the Travelers persevered while winning their first six games as well as posting a 7-2 record during their opening Memorial Day Tournament in Woodward.The squad put together a 21-game winning streak that included a perfect run through pool play into the semifinals of the prestigious Tony Andenucio Classic in Pueblo before bowing out just short of the championship tilt. That mark included a rare quadruple header sweep in one day of their Traveler Alumni Weekend at Fuller Park.They also reached the semifinals of the inaugural Northwestern Oklahoma Classic a week later after rolling through their pool schedule with a perfect 6-0 record. The Travelers then followed up by winning their pool once again in the Annual Route 66 Classic prior to a thrilling 3-2 semifinal win over rival Burkburnett before claiming runner-up honors.

After losing just one game in the Great Plains Tournament in Topeka, the Travelers returned for one of the most impressive weeks in recent history that included two thrilling wins over arch-rival Enid Majors in Enid. They were once again unbeaten in their state tournament pool and rode timely hitting as well as an incredible pitching effort of southpaw Dillon Bumgarner, who notched two mound wins and a save while yielding only one run in 12 innings of tournament action.That led to a state runner-up finish to clinch a berth in the Connie Mack Regional Tournament, where very few breaks went the squad’s way.

Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 9.17.30 PM.pngThe strength of the 2019 Travelers was putting the ball in play as they struck out only 204 times in 1850 plate appearances for the season, the fewest mark in that category in eight years.In addition to Hunter, Jett Brown finished off a sensational career as a Traveler as a mainstay in the middle of the batting order by notching a .381 batting average along with a team-high 44 runs batted in.

Brown was an RBI machine over the past 2 seasons and was especially recognized for clutch hits to bring in runs in the biggest of situations, especially with 2 outs and often 2 strikes. Brown will extend his playing career at Western Oklahoma State College this fall where he is expected to pitch and play the field.

Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 9.15.19 PM.pngNewcomer Patrick Hunter of Clinton made the most of his one season as a Traveler with a .289 average at the plate along with 33 RBI. Hunter became a front line starter on the mound and proved that his assortment of pitches could get the best of teams out at this level.  He compiled a 5-2 pitching record and 3.64 earned run average. 

Patrick was a leader and complete player all summer.  He has signed to play at Redlands Community College and should be an assett for the Cougars.

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 7.30.26 PM.pngCaden Church also returned for his final campaign with a .269 mark at the plate as well as 33 runs scored.  He was an on base guy for 2 seasons as he had over a .500 on base percentage for his career.  As a returning starting pitcher, Church was 2-0 with a save and 5.95 ERA in limited mound time.  It was discovered toward the end of the summer that an arm injury had kept him less effective than normal.  Full recovery is expected and the NWOSU signee will have a chance to play and pitch for the Rangers in the future.

Offensively, 1Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 9.20.06 PM.png6-year-old Drake Kerr was the catalyst at the top of the order throughout the season while also manning centerfield. His batting average hovered over .500 most of the year before settling at .408 while he chipped in 16 doubles and scored a whopping 67 runs and stole 22 bases.  Kerr was a defensive specialist as well in center running down fly balls and using his arm to keep runners from taking extra bases.  Drake's overall ability gained praise from many college scouts who watched him play this summer.  He is just going to be a junior next year in High School and has 2 more summers to help continue the Traveler tradition of winning games.

Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 10.20.41 PM.pngWard took monster strides at the plate in his 17-year-old campaign to finish third on the team with a .394 batting average. The versatile hitter drove in 30 and scored 37 runs while also displaying his speed with 18 stolen bases. He was also sixth on the team with 25 innings pitched while notching a 3-1 record that included a scintillating relief effort to defeat Enid. Ward retired 14 consecutive batters and threw 6 innings without giving up a hit while striking out 7 in the game.  Parker Ward was named to the Tony Andenucio All-Tournament team as he went 8-17 from the plate while driving in 10 runs.

Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 10.02.07 PM.pngGoss meanwhile wrapped up the season with a .369 batting average as he posted 11 doubles, three triples and a home run along with 39 RBI and 56 runs scored. He was a perfect 21-for-21 in stolen bases for the season. Goss also had a 2-1 pitching record and one save with a 3.78 earned run average.

Ty was a perfect 4-4 from the plate in the opening game of the Tony Andenucio Tournament, along with his .500 batting average for the week he earned All-Tournament honors.  His steller defensive plays in the field were some of the most impressive fans had seen in recent years.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 7.34.33 AM.pngAfter watching his older brother Matt during a stellar Traveler career, Brady Benedict stepped in this season and became a huge spark at third base with his lefthanded bat and mound presence. He batted .380 and was second on the team with 42 runs batted in. He was second on the squad as well with 47 innings pitched as he recorded a 7-3 mound record and 2.53 earned run average while striking out 51 and walking 18. 

Benedict was a "go to" starter on the mound all summer for the Travelers and even showed great ability to come in and shut down games in relief.

Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 9.22.41 PM.pngMichael Wingfield also returned to the Travelers after being a key on the team’s 16U World Series team two years ago and did not disappoint with his stellar instincts and defensive prowess in the outfield. He finished the summer with a .383 average and scored 47 runs while hitting almost exclusively in the 9-hole. Michael's bunting ability and speed made him game breaking threat to reach base at anytime during the season.

Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 9.25.29 PM.pngTraveler coaches had David Garcia tagged to pitch, play outfield and first base coming into the 2019 summer and catching was not part of the overall plan.  Position changes and injuries opened the door up and things shifted for David to became the every day signal caller behind the dish. After a slow start Garcia transformed into an overall team assett behind the plate.

There’s little question that Garcia was the Traveler that took the biggest strides during the season while becoming a regular in the lineup at catcher. He finished the year with a .284 average, eight doubles and a team-best two homers while also contributing 27 RBI.

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Bumgarner quickly developed as the staff ace and workhorse on the mound on the way to a 67 1/3 innings in 16 appearances that included a 9-1 record and one save. He struck out 49 and walked only 11 while recording a 1.35 ERA. The 2020 grad recorded either a win or no decision in each of his final 14 mound appearances. 

Bumgarner was more than stellar with his command of multiple pitches throughout the summer.  His breaking ball was dominating and his change up was practically unhittable.  He is in position to become an all time great Traveler hurler if he can repeat or surpass his 2019 compaign next season.

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Will Farr joined Bumgarner in moving up from younger Traveler squads to make a huge mark in 2019. He led the team with 17 appearances, including 15 in relief in which he recorded all six of his wins as well as five saves. The crafty righthander sported a terrific 1.05 ERA and 0.85 WHIP while striking out 34 and walking only nine in 40 innings. He allowed just 25 hits and his .167 opposing batting average was the best on this year’s squad. 

 Kaydan Whetstone and Javier Sanchez posted 3-0 and 4-0 records respectively on the mound in their one season with the club before moving on collegiately to pitch at NWOSU and Murray State College next year.

Ayden Page and Kason Jackson played utility roles while learning the system in their first summer with the Travelers.  Both players played 5 different positions when called upon and showed they are capable of winning games on the mound as well. They showed the athleticism and Traveler mentality to produce next season as they are both young enough to return.

The outlook is great for the future. The Travelers return most of this years team for the 2020 season and should continue to be dominate force in summer baseball throughout the region.

"Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 9.43.32 AM.pngEvery year our main goal is to develop young men to be successful husbands and fathers, said coach Ward".  "Winning is our goal every year and the challenges these young men face parallel lifes experiences.  I have learned that God's plan works in all aspects of life and baseball is no different. 

Players need to be allowed to deal with success and failure during the season in a biblical way.  We do our best to tell them the Truth about who they are in God's eyes and apply His word to the challenges they face. This summers team overcame a lot and their success was based on love and unity. 

I believe the success is inevitable when the right foundation is taught and applied. We were truly blessed with a great group of young men that grew up during the 2019 summer."

Matthew 6:33 Seek first the kindgom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

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SCHEDULE AND RESULTS 

May 23-26 Memorial Day Tourney 

Travelers Red vs. OKC Broncos W 5-4
Travelers Blue vs. OK Mudcats W 7-1
Travelers Blue vs. OKC Broncos W 4-0
Travelers Red vs. Kingfisher W 10-4
Travelers Red vs. Enid Plainsmen W 8-3
Travelers Red vs. Mudcats W 12-3
Travelers Blue vs. Kingfisher L - 11-0
Travelers Blue vs. Enid Enid Majors L 10-1
Travelers Blue vs. Mudcats W 12-3 

Travelers go 7-2 on Opening Weekend

Travelers vs. Ada, W 14-0
Travelers vs. Ada, W 4-3

Travelers vs. Ardmore, W 5-4
Travelers vs. Ardmore, W 9-1
Sunday
Travelers vs. Ardmore, W 10-0
Travelers vs. Ardmore, W 12-8

Travelers Sweep Ardmore Series

Oklahoma Shootout
June 4 OK Mudcats W 9-2
June 5 Mustang W 7-0
June 5 Edmond Stars W 3-0

Travelers on 10 game win streak

Traveler Shootout
June 7 Liberal, W 12-0
June 7 Liberal, W 8-7
June 8 Liberal, KS W 6-1
June 8 OKC Branditos W 8-7
June 8 Las Vegas, NV W 8-0
June 8 Las Vegas, NV W 7-4

Travelers Take 22-2 Record to Pueblo

Pueblo, CO Tourney
June 13 Cherry Creek W 9-1
June 13 Greeley W 0-1
June 14 4-Corners W 6-3
June 14 Albuquerque W 8-1
June 15 Grand Junction W 10-2
June 16 Semifinals Burkburnett L 11-1

Travelers Rally Twice to Stay Perfect in Colorado

June 18 Burkburnett 17s L 6-1
June 19 Burkburnett 17s W 5-1


June 20-23 NWOSU Tournament at Alva

Wichita Sluggers-Westerman, 12-3
Wichita Sluggers-Elliot, W 5-4
OKC SWAT, W 18-1
New Mexico Baseball School Black, W 4-3
Sluggers-Standiford, 8 p.m. W 8-3
Saturday, June 22
Quarterfinals, vs. Sluggers P W-11-2
Sunday, June 23
Semifinals, vs. Sluggers E L 7-6

June 27-30 Route 66 Classic at Weatherford

Thursday 27th
5:30 - Travelers vs. Shawnee Phillies W 11-7 
8 p.m. - Travelers vs. OK Expos W 13-5

Friday 28th
5:30 – Travelers vs. Mudcats W 10-9
8 p.m. – Travelers vs. W 11-3

Saturday 29th

5:30p.m. Travelers vs. Shawnee Phillies L 9-6
8 p.m. - Travelers vs. Sandlot Painter W 10-7

Semi Finals Travelers vs. Burkburnett W 3-2

Finals Travelers vs. Sandlot Ballard L 6-5

8:00 Travelers vs. Next Level L 14-5
10:00 Travelers vs. Natural Baseball W 7-3
8:00 Travelers vs. Cavaliers W 9-4

July 8 Travelers vs. Enid W 8-2

July 10-14 State Tournament at Enid

Travelers vs. Shockers Black W 10-3
Travelers vs. Shawnee Phillies W 10-0
Travelers vs. Enid W 3-1
Travelers vs. Phillies W 8-7
Travelers vs. Sandlot Painter W 5-1

Travelers vs. MVP L 6-0

July 17-21 Connie Mack National Regional

1:30 Travelers vs. Texas Stix L 2-1

12:15 Travelers vs. TX Prime Cavemen

 



2019 Hall of Fame 

2018 SEASON WRAP-UP

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"A Special Season To Remember"

Going into the 2018 summer Coach Ward expected it would be a rebuilding year.  Other than one returning full time starter in Christopher Goldston and lefty pitcher Brady Bowles the team would have to rebuild with all young players, most of which would have two or three years in the program.

Normally rebuilding years are filled with ups and downs and a lot of growing pains that typically lead to a sub-par record and season outcomes, as the goals are directed toward the future.  However, this was not a typical rebuilding year.

The Travelers opening day roster had just 11 position players with 3 PO’s (pitchers only). There were just two position players on the team that were 18 years old and unable to come back for the 2019 season. Those players were Brady Bowles and Tyler Richey.  

Brady Bowles was a true leader that exploded on the scene offensively in 2018. He established himself as the clean-up hitter and was a force offensively wire to wire. 

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 12.34.09 PM.png“NWOSU is getting a complete player and leader in Bowles,” said Ward.  “This young man is special and will do great things.”  

Tylor Richey finally had a stage to be recognized for his talent this summer with the Travelers and he will be a huge addition for Vernon Junior College.

“Every year we have a design to win and make the most out of the summer, but we were primarily building for the next two summers to be great,” Ward added. “This group performed at a high level and became one of the best ‘teams’ I have coached.  

“The word ‘TEAM’ is underrated in today’s watered-down summer showcase world. It has all turned into ME, ME, ME….. instead of TEAM.  We have prided our Traveler program on uniting a group of young men that love and trust each other like a family. This year’s team may be the best ‘family’ in the team model that I have coached. In over 30 years of experience I have learned that ‘UNITY’ is a team’s greatest strength. When we have unity and family pulling together there is no Goliath that this David will fear or can’t conquer!” 

The Travelers opened the season with a 19-1 run and found themselves in the semifinals of the prestigious Tony Andenucio Classic in Pueblo. They also won the Route 66 championship on their way to 37-11 record (.771 winning percentage) and a 4thround finish in the Connie Mack South Plains National Regional. Nothing short of spectacular for any team much less the rebuilding Travelers.Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 12.35.10 PM.png

There were many more challenges the Travelers had to deal with besides the youthfulness of the group. Setting key pitchers back to recover from long high school seasons put the Travelers in a hole on the mound and in the field. When Colton Hunter and Brendan Girton needed some time to recoup arms the Travelers were forced to play a lot of players at new positions.  

“Our players being strong and healthy to reach their maximum potential future is priority number 1.  We believe in letting players have down time on how much they pitch and throw. Especially after long high school seasons,” said Ward.

With some changes needing to be made, Jett Brown and Caden Church played the outfield in positions they had basically never played at this level, while Parker Ward became the everyday 2ndbaseman after starting two years in high school in center and right field.  Brady Bowles took over in center for part of the season and Hunter was moved to first. 

“We had a rag-tag group of guys that picked up and played well no matter where we played them,” Coach Ward stated. “These guys handled it well and became better players for it.  


“Once you reach a certain part of the season with an established game plan and guys in positions it’s hard to go back. Especially when the players are playing well and established together where they are. I am proud of the fact that these guys handled something so new in the way they did. It shows versatility and character.”

Infusing the Traveler tradition and philosophy was the goal going into 2018. 

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 9.58.01 AM.png“We wanted to get back to more of a grass roots philosophy of bringing up a few three-year players and throw them in the fire so our future core could learn what it’s like to be Travelers.  It has become a way of life and a standard of how to win as Travelers that goes back to my dad’s days as head coach. It’s a Traveler mindset of winning and family that must be passed down,” Ward added. 

The three-year guys (16 years old) on this year’s team were Brendon Girton, Ty Goss and Parker Ward. They all played key roles this summer for the Travelers and will return for two more years. That core plus some key young players coming over from Coach Webb’s team has the gun barrel fully loaded for several years to come. 

Goss not only exploded to be a top hitter and defensive player, but also contributed on the mound as one of the team’s top relief arms while becoming a leader on the field.

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 11.55.13 AM.pngGirton hit the ball great early in the season before taking time off to recoup. He provided some key pinch hit at bats and excelled in the DH role. He has the physical ability to be “special” on the mound and at the plate the next two seasons.  With his size and strenght he should become a middle of the order hitter that is a great catcher.  His ability to throw could force him to the mound and limit his time behind the plate as he projects as a big time arm pitching.

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 9.58.13 AM.pngParker Ward began the year 8-for-15 at the plate and stayed steady throughout the year while showing his versatility as a guy that can  bunt and handle the bat while playing multiple positions including pitcher.  He is the ability to play the outfield, infield, pitch and catch and could become an exceptional base stealing threat over the next 2 seasons. These 3 players that return for 2 more seasons should provide the leadership necessary to carry on the Traveler tradition through the 2020 season.

The two-year players are nothing short of outstanding.  Christopher Goldston and Colton Hunter are of rare age where both players were still 17 after graduating in 2018. Both have the age minimum to participate in the Connie Mack circuit again next year if they so choose. Both are well-known players in the area have the ability to throw shutouts on the mound while stabilizing an offense at the plate.  

 Goldston hit over .400 while anchoring the pitching staff as always.  Hunter had one of the best four-week runs offensively that many can remember, batting over .500 for that stretch.  

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 10.14.36 AM.pngThere is nothing more to really say about Goldston and Hunter accept that they are great baseball players and are more than welcome to help make this run again as Travelers next year if their college situations allow for it,” stated Ward.  “I always want what’s best for the players future and sometimes it is best to come back and be a Traveler and other times they need to move forward with their career.  Goldston is headed for OCU to play and pitch and should get a chance to be on the field as a freshman.  Colton Hunter is headed for Cowley County Community College and also should see time as a freshman on the field and on the mound.  

The two-year guys still in high school this coming year include Jett Brown, Dylan Turner, Colton Clinesmith, Caden Church and Cole Fletcher.  They all played key roles this summer and provide a strong backbone for 2019.  In the final three weeks Brown hit .407 with 23 RBI and Turner was 8-1 on the mound with a 2.53 ERA for the year.  

“Turner was basically a guaranteed win on the mound this summer and helped offensively with a solid year at the plate,” Ward Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 12.15.15 PM.pngcommented. “He has a chance to be special on the mound with continued development.  Turner with added strenght this next year should be widely sought after 2 way player for colleges around the region.  

Same goes for Brown. He has the size, athleticism and versatility to excel on the mound and at the plate. He has grown so much mentally and emotionally this summer and is on the path to reach his goals as a player.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 9.56.25 AM.pngClinesmith had to handle practically all the catching duties for the summer and he did a great job defensively. He is a great pitch caller and receiver who blocks and throws the ball extremely well. He was worn down some having to catch so much and it showed offensively some but he was also was a clutch hitter at times during the season, while leading the team in walks as well.  

Church was Mr. Versatility defensively and was expected to be a key role player and he did that extremely well. Church played every position on the field accept 1stbase, ironically 1stbase was his primary position a year ago. Church was a key offensive contributor and on-base guy from the 9-hole during the season.  

Cole Fletcher is a returning lefty that showed signs of greatness during the summer.  He can be dominate on the mound and proved it several times, especially during the 1 hit performance against Sandlot in the Connie Mack State Tournament.

Jackson McCormick, Dawson Howard and Steven Craddock provided some memorable moments as 18-year old PO’s for the team as well. McCormick Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 10.04.28 AM.pngpitched a relief gem in the state tournament against Enid and no one will soon forget Howard’s pinch-hit at bat that ultimately helped the Travelers eliminate the Southwest Shockers from the playoffs. All three guys have the potential to make it at the college level and the Traveler experience can only help motivate them to reach their goals. Jackson is headed to Kansas City Kansas Community College. Craddock looks to join coach Davidson's staff at Seward County College in the fall and Howard is mingling over some college offers yet to make a decision.    

THE MEMORIES OF 2018

Some memories for the Traveler history book include the seven-run first inning against long-time rival Cherry Creek where the Travs held on to win. Also, Brady Bowles’ three-run bomb at David Allen Ballpark early in the year that solidified the victory over rival Enid still lingers.  Colton Hunter, Brady Bowles and Christopher Goldston were virtually impossible to get out during the semifinal run at Pueblo.  

Ty Goss had an amazing Route 66 Tournament where in the six games he hit .550 with 13 runs batted in. Parker Ward hit .538 that week with a clutch push bunt gem that broke the Wichita Sluggers backs in the semifinals. 

Jett Brown’s double knocking in Brady Bowles to eliminate the Shockers in the state tournament will go down as an all-time Traveler team victory that no writer could ever script. It was a game that brought the entire team together in a special place oScreen Shot 2018-07-23 at 9.57.09 AM.pngf “unity” that is very difficult to achieve in all of sports. But when it happens it is supernatural.  “I have always said if I could bottle and sell the feeling you get when a team and fan base comes together like that we could all retire!” said Ward.  “It is what we all strive for in sports to become ‘one’ working together on the field trusting and loving one another no matter what, you lay it ALL out there for each other with no excuses.”

Christopher Goldston’s seven-inning pitching gem against Sandlot in the South Plains Regional was remarkable capping off a stellar summer on the mound. Goldston won five games on the mound and saved four with a 0.875 ERA.

Caden Church’s pinch-hit two-run seventh inning single in the final game of the year was an amazing moment that he,Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 11.05.11 AM.png nor Traveler faithful will soon forget.

The Travelers biggest memory for 2018 will remain the fact that this bunch of young rebuilding Travelers finished the season as the last Oklahoma team standing in the playoffs as they worked together to overcome the odds and truly can call themselves a “TEAM”.

“I believe the bible is the absolute truth,” Ward said. “It takes faith in each other to be a complete team. This faith can pull on supernatural things that as people we have a hard time understanding. At some point we have to decide that it is best to just trust God.”

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

“I showed up at the field every day knowing I was going to get a great effort and that our team believed and trusted one another. It was without a doubt one of my favorite teams of all time!” Coach Ward said.

In a year of rebuilding youthful expectations, the 2018 Travelers put up a story-book season.  Never would anyone expect a team this young and inexperienced in summer baseball at this level to achieve such a high standard of success.  It was a great testimony to the Traveler baseball way of family and love.  2019 is something to look forward to.

 

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 2018 TRAVELER SCHEDULE and RESULTS

May 25th-26th MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVAL @ Woodward

  • 25th Travelers Ward vs. Kingfisher @ Fuller Park 1:00   W 6-4
  • 25th Travelers Ward vs. Broncos @ Fuller Park 8:00  W 14-3
  • 26th Travelers Ward vs. Kingfisher @ Fuller Park 3:00  W 11-3
  • 26th Travelers Ward vs. Broncos @ Fuller Park 8:00  W 11-3
  • 27th Travelers Ward vs. Liberal KS @ Fuller Park 5:00  W 12-4

NEWS ARTICLE:  TRAVELERS OFF TO STRONG START

June 1-3 TRAVELER FESTIVAL IN WOODWARD

  • 1st Travelers Ward vs. OK Drillers @ Fuller Park  6:00  L- 9-5
  • 1st Travelers Ward vs. Branditos 18’s @ Fuller Park  8:00  W - 8-4 
  • 2nd Travelers Ward vs. Branditos 17’s @ Fuller Park  6:00  W - 4-3
  • 2nd Travelers Ward vs. Branditos 18’s @ Fuller Park  8:00  W - 5-4
  • 3rd Travelers Ward vs. Branditos 17s @ Fuller Park  1:00  W - 11-6
  • 3rd Travelers Ward vs. Branditos 18’s @ Fuller Park  3:00  W - 8-2

NEWS ARTICLE: TRAVELERS GO 5-1 OVER WEEKEND OFF TO 10-1 START

June 4-6 ENID TOURNAMENT @ Enid

  • 4th - Monday: Travelers vs. Mustang @ David Allen 3:00 W - 6-3
  • 5th - Tuesday: Travelers vs. Fort Smith 1 @ David Allen 3:00 W - 5-1
  • 6th - Wednesday: Travelers vs. Enid Majors @ David Allen 8:00 W - 7-3

June 8-9 LAS VEGAS DURANGO @ Woodward 

  • 10th - Sunday Travelers vs. Las Vegas @ Fuller Ball Park 5pm W - 11-1
  • 10th - Sunday Travelers vs. Las Vegas @ Fuller Ball Park 7pm W - 16-0

NEWS ARTICLE: TRAVELERS TAKE 15-1 RECORD INTO PUEBLO

June 14-18 TONY ANDENUCIO TOURNAMENT Pueblo, Co

  • 14th - Travelers vs. Las Vegas @ Hobbs Field 11:30am W - 11-1
  • 14th - Travelers vs. Albuquerque @ Nuch Field 4:30pm W - 10-7
  • 15th - Travelers vs. Cherry Creek @ Nuch Field 8:30am W - 7-6
  • 15th - Travelers vs. Parker Lightning @ Hobbs Field 2:00pm L - 8-6
  • 16th - Travelers vs. Greeley @ Nuch Field 7:00pm W - 10-9
  • 17th - Semi Finals vs. Pueblo LnJ L - 11-3

NEWS ARTICLE:  TRAVELERS START STRETCH RUN IN WACO

June 21-24 PGBA INVITATIONAL @ BAYLOR

  • 21st - Travelers vs. Express Baseball Club @ McLennan Community College 1:30pm W - 3-1
  • 21st - Travelers vs. Barnstormers @ McLennan Community College 3:45pm L - 6-5
  • 22nd - Travelers vs. Performance Baseball Texas @ Hill College 6:00pm L -  7-4
  • 22nd - Travelers vs. Performance Baseball Texas @ Hill College 8:00pm W - 5-3
  • 23rd - Travelers vs. Texas Raiders 18u @ Connally High School 11:15am (F) W - 7-0

June 28-July 1 ROUTE 66 CLASSIC @ Weatherford

  • 28th. - Travelers vs. Sluggers Phillips 5:30pm W - 15-1
  • 28th - Travelers vs. OK Titans 7:20pm W - 9-1

  • 29th - Travelers vs. Sluggers Torres 7:30pm W - 16-10

  • 30th - Travelers vs. OK Mudcats 1:30 W - 13-2
  • 1st - Travelers vs. Sluggers Minor W - 4-3 
  • 1st - Travelers vs. Shockers Black W - 4-0 

July 5-8 GREAT PLAINS SHOOTOUT @ Topeka Kansas

  • 5th - Travelers vs. The Yard Baseball @ Hummer #1 3:00pm L - 3-2
  • 5th - Travelers vs. Wichita Sluggers #2 @ Hummer #1 8:00pm W - 13-3
  • 6th - Travelers vs. Next Level @ Washburn 8:30am L 9-4 
  • 6th - Travelers vs. Natural Baseball #1 @ Washburn 1:00pm W - 11-4
  • 7th - Travelers vs. Natural - Jones @ Scaba #2 12:00pm W - 11-6

ARTICLE:  TRAVELERS SET FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

July 11-15 CONNIE MACK STATE TOURNAMENT @ Enid

  • 11th - Travelers vs. Shockers Black @ David Allen 3:45pm W - 8-0
  • 12th - Travelers vs. Titans @ David Allen 6:00pm W - 6-5
  • 13th - Travelers vs. Sandlot @ David Allen 5:30pm L - 2-1 (8 innings)
  • 14th - Travelers vs. Drillers @ David Allen 3:00 W - 9-2
  • 14th - Travelers vs. Shockers Red @ David Allen 6:00pm W - 5-4 (10 Innings)
  • 15th - Travelers vs. Enid @ David Allen 12:00pm L - 4-3 (11 innings)

ARTICLE:  TRAVELERS WRAP UP STATE ACTION, REGIONAL TOURNAMENT NEXT

 July 18-22 CONNIE MACK NATIONAL REGIONAL @ Enid

  • 18th - Travelers vs. D-Bat Griffin @ David Allen 3:45pm L - 9-1 
  • 19th - Travelers vs. 417 Missouri @ David Allen 11:15pm W - 6-4
  • 20th - Travelers vs. Sandlot @ David Allen 11:15pm W - 6-2
  • 21st - Travelers vs. Texas Stix Davenport 12:30pm L - 7-6 (9 innings)

 ARTICLE:  TRAVELERS REACH 4TH ROUND OF REGIONALS

ARTICLE: TRAVELERS FIND REDEMPTION, ADVANCE IN SOUTH PLAINS REGIONAL

ARTICLE: STIX RALY TO ELIMINATE TRAVELERS


 SUMMER 2017

Travelers make final 4 at Topeka

Travelers hit the 40 win mark for the season

Milligan and Muncy named All Tournament Selections

The Travelers made the final 4 teams at the 25 team Great Plains Shootout in Topeka, falling short to the BC Yankees in the semi finals. The TRAVS finished 3-1 in pool play and won its quarterfinal contest against a good Ambassadors team 4-0.  In that contest Tanner Walsh threw a complete game gem striking out 3 and only walking 1 batter in a 7 inning shutout performance.  Christopher Goldston blasted a huge 2 run homerun and Luke Ward drove in 1 going 2-3 at the plate and scoring twice.  The Travelers couldn't overcome spotting the Yankees 5 runs in the first inning of the semi finals.  Cody Milligan and Cody Muncy were named to the All Tournament team.  Austin Garrett and Dahlenberg continued their hot bats at the plate while Luke Ward, Brady Bowles and Joan Alvarez really picked things up offensively. Ward hit .389 for the week while Alvarez posted a .375 average.  Bowles hit .400 in his 12 at bats.  Ethan Swanson continued to pitch well in his 2 outings this week.  Miguel Obeso looked good on the mound in 4 innings while Colton McCracken picked up another win with a solid perfomance during pool play.  

The Travelers moved to 40-11 on the season and are scheduled to play the OKC Broncos on Wednesday night kicking off the Connie Mack State Tournament in Enid.

 

Travelers Finish in Semi Finals of Route 66

Muncy has 4 Home Runs and 15 RBI for the 6 games

The Travelers had a good week in the Route 66 Tournament but fell short of the championship game by dropping the semi final contest to a strong OKC Reds team.  The Travelers finished bracket play 1st in their pool at 4-1, capped off with an exciting come from behind win against the Shockers Black/Red team on Saturday night. Cody Muncy delivered a game tying grand slam in the 6th inning and Cody Milligan delivered the walk off game winning triple in the bottom of the 7th.  "It was a solid week for us but we fell a game short of our goal" Said Coach Mark Ward.  "That's baseball.  It's a very tough tournament and we have nothing to hang our head about.  We love the challenge of playing great competition and continue to improve in many facets of the game!"

This week saw some special performances as Colton McCracken struck out 11 and walked zero against Cherry Creek on Friday night.  McCracken looked like he could become a key peace to the Traveler staff.  "We have alot of good pitchers and our guys have to go out and pitch well to earn innings.  It's more like a college environment that prepares kids for the next level.  Colton has hung tough waiting on his chances and has earned his opportunities.  I believe this is a break through for him personally, which will also help the team.

Muncy launched 4 home runs in the tournament and collected 15 RBI while Milligan continued his success at the plate leading the team with a .444 average over the 6 games.  Dahlenberg and Terry had solid tournaments as well going 6-16 and 5-14 at the plate respectively.

The Travelers will head to Topeka Kansas to play in the Great Plains Shootout this week.  They finished runner-up in the 25 team event a year ago.

 

 

Travelers Win Regional Qualifier

The Travelers moved to 32-7 on the year winning the AABC Regional qualifier at Fuller Park this weekend. The current hot streak has seen the TRAVS win 22 of their last 23 contests.  Cody Miligan and Cody Muncy have been leading the offensive attack while pitching and defense has been the keys to success.  "We are hitting the ball better throughout the lineup and our players understand their roles.  This has allowed us to score more runs" Said head coach Mark Ward.  

Tanner Walsh has been key out of the bullpen as the closer and Ethan Swanson, Keith Traylor, Christopher Goldston and Ryan Terry have been excellent in starting roles on the mound.  "Those guys have been great all year" said Ward.  "Brady Boles, Colton McCracken have started to advance on the mound as well, while Hunter Goff can give you some outs as well in middle relief."  The key may be Cody Milligan and Miguel Obeso out of the bullpen.  Those 2 guys can come in and dominate and are expected to see more time in closer roles as the season goes forward."  

Top right hander Connor Cooper is expected to come on as a starter after facing a rib injury early in the season. Also injured returning starter Ashton Carman is starting to show signs of recovery from shoulder trouble this spring.  Both could help solidify a strong pitching staff down the stretch.  

The Travelers will play in the annual Route 66 Tournament in Weatherford this weekend.  

 

 

Travelers Finish 5-1 at Andenucio Tournament

Cody Milligan named All Tournament Team

The Woodward Travelers finished 5-1 at the annual Tony Andenucio Tournament but were shut out of a shot at the championship by a 3 way tie.  Cherry Creek, 4 Corners and Woodward were all 4-1 in pool play.  Woodward finished off their tournament with a victory in its extra game on Sunday against the Burkburnett Blacksox.  

Cody Milligan was selected to the All-Tournament team for the 2nd straight year. Posting an 11-17 offensive performance and collecting a win on the mound.  Cherry Creek and 4 Corners, both from the Travelers pool won their perspective semi final games and Creek defeated 4 Corners in the finals.

"It was a very successful trip for our team" said coach Ward after the Tournament.  "It's unfortunate that we were not 5-0 after pool play" It was in reference to the 9-5 loss to Creek, where the Travelers had a 3-2 lead with 2 outs in the 7th.

"That's baseball, and we learned a great deal about our team.   It brought us together as a group in many aspects.  It will pay off for us in the future".

The Travelers will host Enid for a double header Tuesday night and a Connie Mack Regional Qualifier the begins Friday.

 

 

Tony Andenucio Tournament 

Leave Camargo at 9am Wednesday morning and Woodward at 10am

HOTEL INFORMATION:  Our hotel messed up our reservations initially and we had to make an adjustment. We are staying at the ECONO LODGE - 4615 N. Elizabeth Street. Pueblo, CO. 81008

Pool Play Schedule

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Branson Tournament Champions

Travelers score 68 runs in 6 games at College of the Ozark Tournament in Branson Missouri.

The team moves to 20-6 on the season and will ride a 10 game win streak into the Tony Andenucio

Tournament in Pueblo Colorado starting next Thursday

 

 


Travelers Finish Strong: 2016 Summer Campaign!


The Woodward Travelers season came to an end on the 4th day of the Connie Mack National Regional in Enid on Friday.  It capped off a great season that saw the team finish with a 43-16 record.  This season was highlighted by a 13 game win streak and a 2nd half that saw the team finish 23-6 down the stretch. 

“It’s not how you start but how you finish” said Kris Webb Travelers assistant coach.  “I am blessed and honored to be able to help coach this group of young men”.

This summer’s team battled through adversity by losing key components from a year ago to injury and college restraints on Division I signees.  “This group fought hard all year in spite of the challenges they faced,” said Traveler coach Mark Ward.  “We lost some players early and during the season but were never affected by it.  This team simply moved forward towards their goals and achieved some great things.  I’m proud of the effort they made for the program”

The team will say goodbye to a great group of graduates that will move on to college. We are excited for the players returning for the future.  Key returnees include: Offensive leader Cody Milligan, top pitchers: Ashton Carman and Tanner King along with infielders Dalton Gore and Luke Ward.

“We will have a good group to build around next summer along with a good bunch of young players coming up from the 17’s and the 15’s program who had great seasons” said Ward.

The Traveler 17u team finished strong and posted a 30-20 record against mainly 18u teams.  The Traveler Prospects 15’s finished their season in dominating fashion winning an elite 15 under World Series in Oklahoma City and posting a 28-6 overall record.

There has been a huge response this past summer for the program at all levels, especially the youth that are coming up. The Woodward Travelers had 117 players attend the tryouts in April and 86 attend the Traveler Camp.  

“I want to congratulate and thank all our coaches for their great job with all our teams.  We had success throughout the program from top to bottom and have a great future to build towards.  A special thanks goes to our 18’s assistants Kris Webb and Larry Milligan.  These guys make it happen and I am honored to have a tremendous staff on the 18’s.  The 17u coaches Zach Warner and Kent Callison had huge success with the 17’s and I can’t say enough about the job Blake Goss and Bart Watkins did with our 15’s Prospects program.  It was an amazing summer!” Coach Ward

The Traveler future looks bright.  We look forward to tryouts next April and building upon the foundation that was created in 2016!

NOTE:  We will be conducting personal camps soon with Coach Ward and his staff.  Players 15 and under that are interested in attending one of the camps, please contact coach Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Camps will be closed at 20 players per camp for personal instruction.