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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.