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West Virginia baseball team pitches in for Moore

Players, coaches and staff go on a Walmart shopping spree, donating necessary items to the relief effort.
by Anthony Slater Modified: May 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm •  Published: May 21, 2013

“Oh, man,” one of the players mumbled, among a bus of sobering stares.

Soon after, at around 4 p.m., the team finally arrived in Norman, visiting a campus where the program, in its first season as a member of the Big 12, has yet to play a conference game.

On arrival, the team unloaded into an assembly line of plastic bags, ushering in a seemingly never-ending amount of supplies to the donation station.

“Is there any more?” a caretaker asked at one point. “Yes,” one of the WVU players responded, “…a lot more.”

Many of the workers showed their gratitude, striking up conversations with the players, asking about the team and thanking them as they left.

“It was overwhelming to see how much stuff that everybody's bringing for the families in need,” Mazey said. “Just the fact that we can pitch in and help out, it seems really insignificant, really just like a drop in the bucket, but I'm glad we did it.”

On the way back to OKC, Mazey suggested they take the conventional way, up through the bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-35, to give his players a chance to witness the damage.

As they passed through the ravaged areas in Moore, surveying the damage, a stunned tension fell over the bus.

“On one side of the parking lot it's fine and then the other side is completely torn up,” one coach said, while shaking his head, “It's dumb luck. It's just sad.”

“I'm at a loss for words really,” outfielder Brady Wilson said, beginning to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation. “Driving by there and seeing pretty much nothing. Houses that were there, cars destroyed, it was not a pleasant sight at all and it kind of hits you. But after what we've done, it really makes you feel good. I hope what we did really helped a lot of people.” 

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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