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The season opens at 6 p.m. Thursday at Southmoore, when the Boomers take on Southmoore’s varsity summer team in a pair of seven-inning games.
That’s the norm, a pair of sevens or one nine-inning game over the course of a schedule that has 20 dates on it before the postseason begins the third week of July.
Enfield staged tryouts, but was prepared to hold positions for any Cleveland County high school — Norman High, Norman North, Moore, Westmoore, Southmoore , Noble and Little Axe — graduates who needed a place to play and weren’t too old to participate.
The Boomers are coached by Cody Davis, assistant baseball coach at Hillsdale Baptist College, and assisted by Cody’s father, Eddie, Hillsdale’s head coach.
Hillsdale’s diamond was to be the Boomers’ home field, but the college remains neck deep in facilitating tornado relief. Still, if the Boomers must go elsewhere to play their home games, Enfield believes the team has options enough to honor its schedule.
The roster includes a trio of Norman North grads in Billy Engel, Luke Jones and Austin Taylor. Matt Foster is from Norman High, Bobby Pierce and Tre’ Edwards are from Southmoore and Jeremy Smith from Little Axe.
Other Transcript area players include Ethan Plavchak and Blayne Wyatt from Purcell and Cooper Treadaway from Washington.
Midwest City, Stroud, Piedmont, Yukon, Christian Heritage, Capitol Hill, McGuinness, Luther and Mt. St. Mary’s are also represented on the roster.
Though AABC rosters are not eliminated by geography, Enfield is dedicated to making the Boomers as Cleveland County inclusive as he possibly can. And, whether his players come from the county or not, he’s dedicated to guiding them toward the next level as well or better than any other summer baseball organization.
“I don’t charge anything, but if you have questions, I’ll answer them, and if I have to, I’ll put you in my car and drive you to the college. I’ll take you up there,” he said. “There’s a place for every kid if he really wants to play and that’s part of what I believe our mission is.”