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*** 2014 Redneck Raffle Results ***
Raffle was held on August 14th, 2014. There were eight winners drawn from the bucket. Look below for list of winners. The players appreciate the support as it is the primary fundraiser that helps us take Travelers baseball on the road across the country.
2013 Redneck Raffle Winners
#1 - Tracy Stephens
#2 - Scott Fairchild
#3 - Kathy Carter
#4 - Linda Neal
#5 - Jimmy Harrel
#6 - Dale Boren Jr.
#7 - Karen Harrel
#8 - Darren Gore
2012 Season (33-14)
Travelers take West Coast World Scout League crown
PHOTO (L TO R) BACK ROW - Austin King, Derrick Haworth, Hayden Killam, Dylan Fazekas, Hunter Stephens, Tanner Bell, Landon Townsley. FRONT ROW - Patrick McClain, Blue Crose, Tyler Melton, Jason Johnson, Matt Benedict, Tanner Dearman (not pictured: Dillon Freie).
(August 1, 2012) - The 2012 season ended with a bang as the Travelers went 6-1 in Glendale, Arizona to capture the team's fourth end-of-the-season World Series championship in the last eight years.
The pitching trio of Dylan Fazekas (Red Oak), Austin King (Canyon, TX) and Matt Benedict (Tupelo) each threw complete games (Fazekas threw a no-hitter, while King and Benedict threw shutouts) in the final three games as the Travelers won the ProspectWire West World Series in the event's inaugural campaign. King and Benedict were tabbed as Co-MVPs of the event.
The season-ending championship was the third overall for the 2012 squad, which also won the Ardmore Tournament to begin the season and kept the program's dominant run at Pueblo, Colorado going with the team's sixth title there in seven years.
2012 Season: Statistics | Recaps | Schedule & Results
Jordy Mercer in the MLB
2005 Traveler alum breaks through with Pittsburgh
(August 15, 2012) - Former Traveler and Taloga, Oklahoma native Jordy Mercer made his first Major League start Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The 25-year-old shortstop went 1-for-4 in the game with seven assists on defense, including a highlight reel play on a ball hit off the foot of Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
Mercer, the son of Rick (1975 Traveler alum) and Tammy Mercer, hit his first big league homerun on August 8th off the Diamondbacks' Josh Collmenter. The solo shot proved to be the game-winning RBI.
The 6-foot-3 former Oklahoma State standout was a three-year starter for the Travelers at shortstop from 2003-05 and is considered one of the greatest defensive players in the programs now 49-year history. He has played a spectacular shortstop while in Pittsburgh, tallying several web-gem-worthy plays on defense.
Adding to the excitement of an already memorable 2012, Jordy and his wife Kasey are expecting their first child (a baby boy) later this month. Best wishes Kasey!
Click here for video highlights of Jordy's 2012 season
2014 - Brendan McCurry, RHP (Roff HS, OSU) - Athletics, 22nd round *
2014 - Cale Elam, RHP (Oktaha HS, Wichita State) - Tigers, free agent *
2014 - Dayne Parker, IF (Roff HS, Wichita State) - Astros, free agent *
2013 - Dillon Overton, LHP (Weatherford HS, OU) - Athletics, 2nd round *
2013 - Drew Ward, 3B (Leedey HS) - Nationals, 3rd round *
2013 - Randy McCurry, SS (Tupelo HS, OSU) - Diamondbacks, 23rd round *
2012 - Blake Logan, RHP (Roff HS, Eastern JC) - Marlins, 13th round *
2012 - Duke von Schamann, RHP (Santa Fe HS, Texas Tech) - Dodgers, 14th round *
2011 - Patric Tolentino, C (Lookeba-Sickles HS, Nebraska) - Indians, free agent *
2011 - Dean Green, 1B (Berryhill HS, Barry University) - Tigers, 11th round *
2011 - Kelby Tomlinson, IF (Elgin HS, Texas Tech) - Giants, 12th round *
2011 - Derek Odell, SS (Canyon HS) - Red Sox, 42nd round
2010 - Ryan Christenson, LHP (Arnett HS, South Mountain JC) - Dodgers, 7th round *
2010 - Dillon Wilson, LHP (Verden HS, Western JC) - Royals, 43rd round *
2009 - Randy Henry, RHP (Arnett HS, South Mountain JC) - Orioles, 4th round *
2008 - Jordy Mercer, SS (Taloga HS, OSU) - Pirates, 3rd round *
2008 - Clayton Cook, RHP (Amarillo HS) - Indians, 9th round *
2008 - Rebel Ridling, 1B (Sentinel HS, OSU) - Cubs, 25th round *
2007 - Matt Brown, OF (Capitol Hill HS, Wichita State) - Indians, 13th round *
2007 - Chaz Gilliam, RHP (Cyril HS) - Marlins, 22nd round *
2007 - Brad Burns, RHP (Lookeba-Sickles HS, OU) - Mets, 26th round *
2007 - Noah Booth, LHP (Westmoore HS, Wichita State) - Devil Rays, free agent *
2006 - Chance Deason, LHP (Piedmont HS) - Padres, 39th round
2005 - Nate Hammons, LHP (Fort Cobb HS) - Dodgers, 32nd round
2004 - Reece Creswell, C (Perryton HS) - Phillies, 10th round *
2004 - Ryan Phillips, LHP (Altus HS, Barton JC) - Red Sox, 11th round *
* Signed contract
2011 Season (40-4)
Team crushes competition in epic offensive season
PHOTO (L TO R) BACK ROW - Christian Thaxton, Connor Rogers, Derrick Haworth, Hunter Stephens, Coby Roming, Brendan McCurry, Kyle Rutherford, Jon Gelnar (coach). FRONT ROW - Tanner Dearman, T.J. Looney, Austin King, Connor Cook, Clayton Green, Derek Odell, Cooper Reinbold, Tyler Palmer, Will Farr (batboy).
(August 3, 2011) - The 2011 Travelers squad played fewer games than any other team in the program's 48-year history, but it didn't stop the club from causing damage across the country.
The team's record of 40-4 resulted in the highest winning-percentage in team history (.909). It won four of the six major tournaments it played in, tallied a 22-game win streak and set a new record with wins against teams from 15 different states and one other country (Canada).
How did it do it?
By bludgeoning the competition with a vicious lineup.
By any measure, the 2011 team was the greatest offensive machine the program has ever produced. It easily had the highest team batting average of all-time (.436) as well as the most runs scored per game (10.5), hits per game (11.9), doubles per game (2.98), homeruns per game (1.59) and easily bested the highest slugging percentage mark of all-time with a .759 mark (next closest was 2008's .702 mark).
PHOTO: Traveler great Brendan McCurry >>
Leading the charge was quite possibly the greatest "career" Traveler of all-time in Tupelo native Brendan McCurry, who batted .517 on the season with a team-leading 147 at-bats, 23 doubles, 17 homeruns and 84 RBI in just 44 games played. It ends a majestic Travelers career for McCurry who never missed a starting lineup in four consecutive seasons on the team, and actually played in five seasons overall (a few games in 2007). All told, Brendan played in a record 255 consecutive games as a Traveler. He amassed a career average of .436 in 767 at-bats, which included 334 hits, 264 runs scored, 94 doubles, 14 triples, 59 homeruns and 321 RBI.
McCurry's talent was just as incredible on the mound, where he served as the team's ace and/or closer for the last three years. He finished 2011 with a record of 8-0 on the mound, to go with a 1.54 ERA. He pitched the squad to championship wins at Dallas, TX (Finish Line SW Championships) and Reno, NV (Sierra Nevada Classic). He allowed just 38 hits and struck out 68 in 50 innings of work overall, which included four saves. He also had one of the lowest WHIP's in the team's history at 1.14. Over his four seasons, the righthander went an amazing 27-3, while routinely starting or closing the biggest games on the schedule.
McCurry wasn't the only 2011 Traveler making headlines. Anadarko native Tanner Dearman re-wrote the record books, obliterating the all-time batting average record with a .558 mark at the age of 17. Dearman -- quite possibly the fastest player in team history -- racked up 77 hits in 138 at-bats with 17 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 23 stolen bases and slugged at a .913 clip.
While McCurry arguably is the greatest career Traveler of all-time and Dearman secured the highest single-season batting average of all-time, it was Derek Odell who burst onto the scene and proved he's in the discussion for most naturally talented Traveler of all-time.
Odell, who hails from Canyon, TX, showed why he went on to become a freshman starter at powerhouse TCU with a monster season at the plate. In just 33 games played and 108 at-bats on the summer, Odell hit .537 (second highest avg. ever behind Dearman) with 16 homeruns (one per every 6.7 at-bats), 16 doubles and collected 77 RBI (2.3 per game) on the season, all while manning the shortstop position with grace and flair. He also set a Traveler record with the single highest slugging percentage of all-time at a ridiculous 1.185 (more than one base averaged ever at-bat).
Rounding out what was the "Big Four" in the lineup was Berryhill native Clayton Green, who (like McCurry) capped a brilliant multi-year career with the Travelers. Green batted .496 with 14 doubles, eight homeruns and 53 RBI while also being the team's top defensive player in the outfield, the team's best baserunner and it's clear leader-by-example. In three years on the team, Clayton appeared in 147 games, amassing a .455 average in 400 at-bats with 173 runs scored, 182 hits, 41 doubles, 15 homeruns and 119 RBI.
Other noteworthy performances in 2011 included newcomer Christian Thaxton (Duncan, OK) who manned the 5-hole of the lineup and hit .449 with eight homeruns and 44 RBI; Daniel Edwards (Verden, OK) and Hunter Stephens (Durant, OK) who each hit .404 on the season.
PHOTO: Clayton Green (left) and Tyler Palmer goofing around in Indianapolis >>
Also noteworthy was the end of another tremendous four-year Traveler career in El Reno's Tyler Palmer, who was a backbone of the team as the starting catcher the last three years. Palmer will go down on the short list of the greatest Traveler catchers ever. He caught 43 of the 44 games in 2011, while hitting .366 with 12 doubles, seven homeruns and 35 RBI.
Outside of McCurry, the pitching was primarily led by the Texas pitching trio of Austin King (Canyon, TX), T.J. Looney (Canyon, TX) and Connor Cook (Amarillo, TX). The trio combined to go 19-1 on the season. Cook and Looney combined to win the Championship game of the Tony Andenucio tournament in Pueblo, CO while King got the win in the finals of the Finish Line Pastimes tournament at Wichita State.
In between winning tournaments and driving vast amounts of miles, the 2011 team will also be remembered for its love of disc golf. At nearly every stop the guys found a disc golf course and did their best to wear out their throwing arms. Head coach Heath Ritchie netted the only hole-in-one of the season, a 250-foot ace on the seventh hole at a course in Abilene, TX.
2011 Season: Statistics | Recaps | Schedule & Results
2010 Season (59-7)
Travelers take SoCal crown in San Diego
PHOTO (L TO R) BACK ROW - Heath Ritchie (coach), Kevin Farr (coach), Connor Cook, Travis Caraway, Cale Elam, Riley Tracy, Drew Ward, Dan Edwards, Gregg Ward (coach), Dayne Parker, Slate Olmstead. FRONT ROW - Braden Cook, Brendan McCurry, Marc White, Clayton Green, Tyler Palmer, Austin King, Charlie Curl, Brycen Shoaf.
Travelers win USABF title in Southern California
An already superb season finished with a bang as the Travelers completed 2010 with a brilliant performance in Southern California, winning the prestigious USABF World Series title in San Diego (Click here for final bracket). The USABF crown was the third for the 2010 squad, which also won championships at Pueblo, Colorado (Andenucio Tournament) and Reno, Nevada (Sierra Classic).
Austin King twirled a complete game, two-hit masterpiece to give the Travelers the USABF crown over Seattle-based power, and previously unbeaten, Taylor Baseball. The 16-year-old southpaw struck out four and walked two in the 82-pitch effort, which came just hours after the Travelers won a 9am elimination contest.
The Travelers scored all three runs in the third inning as Drew Ward singled and Dayne Parker walked in front of a two-out RBI single by Clayton Green and two-run double from Daniel Edwards. Ward, Green and Edwards all finished with two hits apiece.
The Travelers finished off the eight-day tournament with a 9-2 record. They secured the two-seed by going 5-1 in pool play and followed up with a 4-1 mark in the CWS-style double-elimination bracket format.
King had a phenomenal tournament, winning two games while allowing just one earned run in 14 innings of work over three games. Cale Elam (12 innings, two earned runs) and Dan Edwards also picked up two pitching wins.
Brendan McCurry got the squad to the championship game with a complete game effort in a 4-1 win Saturday morning. He also had a save in the tournament, but it was his bat that did the most damage, pacing the offense with a team-high 19 hits, five homeruns and 18 RBI in the eight-day event. He batted .475 in the tournament.
Dayne Parker and Elam also had hot bats, each tallying 13 RBI in the tournament while Charlie Curl knocked in 12 runs while scoring 14 and hitting .462 with three homeruns for the week.
Parker shined in the field from his shortstop position, racking up a team-high 42 assists. Catcher Tyler Palmer was a workhorse as well, catching all 11 games while throwing out 5 of 7 would be base-stealers and picking off two others.
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