NORMAN — It is a great story.
It’s hard to write it like that, but there it is. It’s a great story.
It was an awful event, more than one really, because the first round of tornadoes arrived Sunday and the state was rocked and homes were lost and lives were changed forever.
The following day, it was so much worse. Lives lost, many of them children, the same patch of real estate, between Oklahoma City and Norman, crushed again by nature in its most awful form.
Yet, this is what Brianna Turang, Sooner left fielder and nine-hole hitter (just don’t let it fool you; she’s hitting better than .400) had to say about it maybe 20 minutes after OU routed Texas A&M 10-2 Friday night at Marita Hynes Field.
“It’s been devastating,” she said, “but it’s been an amazing experience to watch these people come together.”
That’s the thing.
What happened, happened, but the story is not what happened. The story is the response to what happened.
In Oklahoma City Friday, the Sooner baseball team posted another shutout, may have pulled itself permanently off the NCAA bubble and put itself in position to beat Kansas State today and play for a conference championship Sunday.
In Norman, the top-ranked small-diamond Sooners turned a close game into a laugher in the space of a half-inning, run-ruling the Aggies and moving a victory from the Women’s College World Series.
There is a connection.
Thursday, the Sooners held court with the softball team that claimed Sydney Angle, a 9-year-old who died Monday at Plaza Towers Elementary. Friday, Sydney’s sister, Casey, spent OU’s super regional victory in the Sooner dugout, all but the moments she left the dugout to be OU’s batgirl.