2004 Season ends with a third place
finish in Austin Elite World Series
Oklahoma Travelers | August 5, 2004
The Travelers finished third in the Texas Elite World Series in Austin, TX, finishing with a 7-2 record at the week long event.
First baseman Rebel Ridling won the homerun derby competition while left fielder Matt Brown took the baserunning crown (Keith McInnerney second place). Ridling and right fielder Tyler Hill earned All-Tournament honors.
The tournament was the final touch on another outstanding season. The Travelers finished with a record of 52-11 on the season, the programs second best winning percentage of all-time (.841). The eleven loss total was also the fewest ever in the 40-year history of the Travelers.
See the front page for more links regarding the 2004 season, including final stats, game-by-game summaries and the 2004 end of season wrapup.
Below are game summaries for each contest at the Texas Elite World Series in Austin, TX.
World Series Game Summaries
Travelers 10, Austin Baseball Club 1 - Season Record 52-9
The Travelers opened the World Series in convincing fashion as Tyler Hill fired five strong innings, scattering four hits to post the pitching victory. J.J. Leaper added a scoreless sixth in his Traveler debut and also added a game-ending two-run home run in his first at-bat.
The offense burst to a 3-0 first inning lead, sparked by a two-run double from Brett Davis. Rebel Ridling tripled to ignite a two-run third while Hill and Jorey Price chipped in RBI singles in the fourth.
Lance Scales doubled and scored on a Matt Brown single in the fifth.
Jordy Mercer, Hill and Price had two hits.
Travelers 11, Dallas Cyclones 0 - Season Record 53-9
Matt Brown and Kade Setzer combined on a three-hit shutout.
The Travelers smashed 15 hits against the Cyclone ace to end the game early on the run rule.
Jordy Mercer, Tyler Hill and Lance Scales had two hits apiece. Kole Kennedy and Luke Yost blasted solo home runs, Bryan Nichols had a three-run triple and Rebel Ridling added a double and RBI.
Travelers 5, Katy Texans 2 - Season Record 54-9
The Travelers plated three runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 deadlock.
Bryan Nichols, Matt Brown and Tyler Hill had hits in the key flurry.
Brad Burns scattered five hits over five innings but Brett Davis notched the victory with two scoreless frames of relief.
Brown had a pair of hits and one RBI while Rebel Ridling added two hits, including his team-leading 13th home run, and drove in two.
Travelers 10, Centex Bullets 1 - Season Record 55-9
Travelers erase early 1-0 deficit with three runs in the first, three more in the second and four runs in the third.
Kole Kennedy allowed one unearned run over three frames to record the win. Tomas Cruz added two scoreless frames of relief.
Jordy Mercer, Tyler Hill, Luke Yost and Lance Scales finished with two hits apiece. Mercer, Yost and Scales all drove in a pair.
Travelers 13, San Antonio Phatoms 5 - Season Record 56-9
The Travelers rallied from a 5-1 deficit, plating eight runs in the fourth, sparked by a two-run triple from Matt Brown and three-run homer off the bat of Rebel Ridling.
J.J. Leaper fired three and one-third solid frames of relief for the win.
Brown had two triples, a double and drove in three. Jordy Mercer, Tyler Hill, Brett Davis and Bryan Nichols chipped in two hits apiece.
Katy Texans 11, Travelers 2 - Season Record 56-10
Tough early morning contest as the Travelers could not get anything going, finishing with just six hits.
Keith McInnerney blasted a solo home run and Luke Yost added a double and scored a run.
Tyler Hill had two hits.
Travelers 11, Centex Bullets 4 - Season Record 57-10
The Travelers stave off elimination with seven early runs and coasted the rest of the way.
Jordy Mercer fired four strong innings to get the pitching win as J.J. Leaper and Lance Scales combined for three scoreless frames of relief.
Tyler Hill posted a pair of singles and drove in four runs. Rebel Ridling and Jorey Price each added two hits and two RBIs while Matt Brown finished with a pair of singles.
Travelers 7, Texas Apaches 0 - Season Record 58-10
Third game in 12 hours goes the way of the Travelers behind a five-hit complete game shutout from Kole Kennedy.
Keith McInnerney had a pair of two-run triples to spark the offense. He finished with three hits.
Tyler Hill chipped in three singles and Rebel Ridling had two hits and drove in one.
Katy Texans 4, Travelers 2 - Season Record 58-11
Travelers wrap up season third in the World Series, missing several golden opportunities while stranding 15 bases runners, including leaving the bases loaded four times.
Brad Burns suffered the loss, yielding four runs in the first three frames, before Brett Davis slammed the door with four scoreless innings of relief.
Matt Brown, Rebel Ridling, Jorey Price and Lance Scales all finished with two hits each. Ridling had a double and drove in one.