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!