By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
The Lions were looking to just get back to work. A week after the May 20 tornado leveled much of Moore, players and coaches from Moore High were trying their best to get ready for the upcoming summer league baseball season.
And that meant first cleaning up a baseball field that had been covered in debris and trash.
“I think it did them a world of good,” MHS coach Tony Borum said. “They had smiles on their faces. They were like coach, what can we do. Then they came in and busted their rear ends and did a really good job. I think it did help them out a lot.”
When the Lions met May 28 with trash bags and rakes in hand, it was the first time the team had met since the tornado had swept through their city and destroyed several of the player’s homes.
“It was a great feeling to get to see the kids again,” Borum said. “And we got to find out who was displaced. We didn’t get those guys yet. But the others were excited about getting started again. Getting back to some normalcy. It kind of helps us to get back to some normalcy. It was very good. Enjoyed seeing them and make sure they were OK and how their mental attitude was.”
According to Borum, six players and an assistant coach all lost their houses May 20. Those players weren’t at the first couple of days of practice, but the coaching staff expects some of them to play this summer.
“When they return we just need to stand up and help each other out,” Clay Andes said. “Come together stronger as a team than we were before.”
However, some of the players who lost everything will not be joining the Lions during the summer.
“It’s been devastating,” said sophomore Cole Lemon. “It’s pretty bad because some of them don’t get to play because of it.”
Moore’s summer season officially began over the weekend. It had to cancel a pair of double headers earlier in the week because it was too hectic and the fields weren’t ready.
“I live in Midwest City so I wasn’t able to get back in to help very much because they wouldn’t let us in,” Borum said. “It broke my heart to hear they lost their houses. I’ve never gone through anything like that. But I would just hate to imagine what that would be like. Especially when you know your mom and dad are hurting. You kind of hurt for them, to. Not only do you lose your stuff, you mom and dad’s hurting. It hurts me to see them hurt.”
But Borum hopes being able to get to the baseball diamond for at least a few hours a day can help distract all of his players from what has taken place over the pas two weeks.
“I think it will be good for them,” Borum said. “After a while you are living that day and day out. This kind of gives them a break from that. They love baseball or they wouldn’t be here. It just kind of helps them get back to some normalcy.”