NORMAN — The Cleveland County Boomers took some major steps forward Tuesday night.
Though they did not win, nor did they lose. Also, they got a couple of fine pitching performances, they took one of the state’s best summer teams into extra frames and took another step forward filling up their roster.
“I handed out five new uniforms,” Boomers general manager Shannon Enfield said.
Officially, what began at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hillsdale Baptist College’s diamond has yet to conclude.
Instead, when the Boomers and Enid Majors meet July 12 in Enid, Tuesday’s game will resume in the top of the 11th inning, the game tied 4-4.
There are no lights at Hillsdale and almost three hours of baseball did not decide a winner. Still, the Boomers had to leave happy.
The Majors entered the game 14-5 and 5-1 in Les Beckham League play. The Boomers entered 0-4 and 0-2, having played the first week of their season with a very limited roster.
In addition to more uniforms in the dugout, the Boomers also got strong pitching performances from a pair of arms seeing their first action of the summer.
Norman High grad Tyler Berry drew the start and a 75-pitch limit, having not thrown since the Tigers were eliminated in Class 6A regional play. Berry delivered four innings, allowing a single earned run and two hits. He got away with three walks, in part, by racking up five strikeouts.
He was relieved by Little Axe grad Jeremy Smith, who allowed just two earned runs over the next six innings. He allowed six hits but walked nobody.
“He said, ‘I can throw forever,’” Enfield said of Berry, who was a three-sport star for the Indians, playing football and wrestling, in addition to the diamond.
The offensive star for the Boomers was Norman North grad Luke Jones, who lashed a three-run triple in the second inning before coming home himself on a wild pitch.
June 12 will be one crazy day of baseball when the Boomers arrive in Enid.
First, they’ll resume Tuesday’s game, then they’ll meet the Majors for a seven-inning contest, then they’ll face Tulsa Select in a seven-inning game.
Tonight, the Boomers are at Dolese Park in Oklahoma City to face OKC Sandlot. A nine-inning game, first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.