ENID, Okla. — Conner Gore hit a two-run homer in helping lead the Enid Majors rally past a stubborn Woodward Travelers squad 6-5 Thursday night in the Connie Mack Oklahoma State Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The win kept the Majors undefeated atop Pool B at 2-0 in the tournament. Woodward fell to 0-2.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning, the Majors' Dave Kerr was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Gore then stepped to the plate and took the next pitch from Woodward starter Aiden Bagwell over the left field wall to tie the game at 3-3. However, the Majors didn't hold the lead for long.

Woodward regained the lead in the fourth inning when Bagwell delivered a bases loaded single with two outs. The Majors got out of the inning when Luke Jestis tried to advance from second to home but was thrown out at the plate.

Bagwell helped his own cause for the Travelers by going 3-for-4 at the plate.

The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Chase McCracken opened the Majors' half of the sixth by reaching base on an error. A one-out single by Shelby Gregory and a walk to Willie Fleece loaded the bases. After Brady Benedict came in for the Travelers, Dave Kerr reached base on a walk, tying the game at 4-4.

Gore's sacrifice fly broke the tie and Fleece scored on an error as the Majors took a 6-4 lead into the seventh.

The Travelers didn't go quietly, adding a run but with runners at the corners with nobody out, Majors relief pitcher Piercen McElyea put the Travelers' rally down with back to back strikeouts and a pop out to end the game and secure the victory.

The Majors (21-3) take on Bartlesville Friday at 2:30 p.m. as pool play continues.


The Enid Plainsmen dropped to 1-1 in the Connie Mack Oklahoma State Tournament, falling 9-0 in a five-inning rule loss to the OK Drillers.

The Plainsmen (17-6) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning when the Drillers were the beneficiaries of a walk and two errors in the inning. The Drillers, who improved to 2-0 in Pool A play, doubled their lead to 6-0 with three more runs in the third by taking advantage of Enid's third error and a hit batter to go along with two singles.

Drillers starting pitcher Isaac Stebens went four innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four batters to get the win.

The Drillers added two runs in the fourth inning on a pair of doubles, a single and a walk and added a run to make it 9-0 in the fifth inning.

Kade Goeke had the only extra base hit for the Plainsmen, a third inning double as Enid threatened, but couldn't take advantage of Goeke's double and a pair of walks. The Plainsmen left seven runners on base in the game.

Only four of the Drillers' nine runs were earned runs.

Maddux Mayberry went four innings, striking out three and walking two in absorbing the loss.

The Plainsmen continue pool play Friday with a noon contest against Burkburnett (Texas).

Connie Mack State Tournament

At David Allen Memorial Ballpark

Pool A

Team W-L RF RA

OK Drillers 2-0 11 1

Plainsmen 1-1 4 9

Shockers Red 1-1 9 11

Burkburnett 0-2 8 11

Pool B

Team W-L RF RA

Majors 2-0 18 9

Bartlesville 1-1 10 11

Shockers Black 1-1 13 18

Woodward 0-2 7 10

Thursday’s Games

Shockers Red 9, Burkburnett 7

Shockers Black 9, Bartlesville 6

OK Drillers 9, Enid Plainsmen 0

Enid Majors 6, Woodward 5


Drillers 303 21 — 9 8 1

Plainsmen 000 00 — 0 3 3

WP: Stebens LP: Mayberry

Drillers: Owens 2-3, double, 3 RBI; Atwood 2-3; Humphers double; Hamilton RBI; Blankenship RBI; Hunt RBI

Plainsmen: Goeke double


Travelers 210 100 1 — 5 12 2

Majors 102 003 X — 6 5 0

WP: Gay, SV: McElyea

LP: Farr

Woodward: Bagwell 3-4, RBI; Corbin double, 2 RBI; Jestis 2-4, double; Ward 2-2; Benedict double, RBI; Garcia RBI

Enid: Gore 2-2, HR, 3 RBI; Kerr RBI

Friday’s Games

Noon — Burkburnett vs. Enid Plainsmen

2:30 p.m. — Bartlesville vs. Enid Majors

5 p.m. — Shockers Black vs. Woodward

7:30 p.m. — Shockers Red vs. OK Drillers

Saturday’s Games

No games due to All-State games

Sunday’s Games

10 a.m. — 7th place game

12:30 p.m. — 5th place game

3 p.m. — 3rd place game

5:30 p.m. — Championship game

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