Dylan Turner threw a six-hit complete game as the Woodward Travelers eliminated the Enid Majors from the Connie Mack State Tournament, 3-1 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark Friday.
The win gave the Travelers the Pool A championship, but Woodward ended up as the No. 3 seed for Saturday's championship round. The Travelers gave up more runs (4) than top-seeded MVP Seng (2) and No. 2 seed Sandlot Painter (3).
The Travelers will face the Shawnee Phillies, the runner-up in Pool A, at noon Saturday in the quarterfinals. The Phillies were the No. 6 seed after giving up more runs (21) than the two other pool runners-up — No. 4 seed Shockers Red (7) and the No. 5 seeded Enid Plainsmen (16). The Phillies were run ruled by Woodward, 10-0 on Thursday. The winner will play Sandlot Painter at 5 p.m.
Shockers Red and the Plainsmen will play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner will play MVP Seng at 7:30 p.m.
The Majors lost more than a game Friday.
Head coach Chris Jensen was ejected from the game in the fifth. He had disputed an umpire's call which said shortstop Conner Gore hadn't touched second on an apparent double play.
The Travelers broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with two runs.
Drake Kerr led off by reaching on an error. Ty Goss struck out but Colton Hunter walked. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch by reliever Gage Ninness. Jett Brown singled through a drawn-in infield to score Kerr. Brady Benedict's bloop single scored Hunter. Parker Ward reached on an error, but Ninness got Patrick Hunter to pop up and struck out David Garcia to end the inning.
Logan Rutledge hit a two-out single off Turner in the seventh, but Ambren Voitik flew out to end the game. Turner struck out six and walked only one.
Enid out hit Woodward, 6-4, but Majors pitchers Bradan Pierce and Ninness allowed seven walks. Enid committed two errors while Woodward played an errorless game.
Pierce, making his first start of the season, allowed only two hits over four innings while striking out four, walking four and hitting two batters.
Pierce threw four shutout innings to open the game as Woodward left seven runners on, including the bases loaded in the second. Goss, though, led off the fifth with an infield single and advanced two bases on a passed ball. He scored on a single by Colton Hunter. That brought in Ninness, who threw the apparent double play ball that led to Jensen's ejection.
Enid answered back in its half of the fifth. Maison Steelmon singled and stole second after out running a pick off attempt. Turner struck out Rutledge and got Voitik to pop up, but Gore delivered a triple off the left field wall to score Steelmon with the tying run. Jordan Coffey flew out to left.
Ninness reached third in the second after a double and a stolen base. Savage struck out to end the inning.
Plainsmen advance with 8-5 win
Garrett Brooks drove in three runs as the Enid Plainsmen advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals of the Connie Mack State Tournament with an 8-5 win over the Oklahoma Expos. The Plainsmen finished second in Pool C with a 2-1 record. They will play Shockers Red Saturday at 2:30 p.m at David Allen.
Enid jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings, only to see the Expos score four in the fifth on the strength of six walks, a sacrifice fly and a bloop single. Enid scored three insurance runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Brooks and Reese Slater.
“It means a lot to us,’’ Brooks said about advancing to the championship round. “Nobody expected us to come this far. We proved everyone wrong. We’re getting better as we go.’’
Brooks had a two-RBI single to highlight a three-run first. Jake McCool had an RBI single as well.
Maddux Mayberry needed only 41 pitches to throw four shutout innings. He was replaced after walking five straight in the fifth.
The Expos scored an unearned run in the sixth, but freshman-to-be Dallas Goodpasture closed out the game by getting Austin Wood to fly out in the sixth with runners on second and third.
The game was stopped in the sixth by the two-hour time limit.