Writer’s note: The first beat I ever had at The Norman Transcript was Sooner baseball and I’m back on it for three days, the Bedlam opener coming Thursday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park. I’ll be The Transcript’s only writer all three days, offering game stories as only I can write them from Thursday and Friday, and something more like a column from Saturday’s series finale. As a special to my readers here, I’m including my story or column each day, as well as the precise notepad I used to demand of my writers from such games — baseball and softball — but which only I’m demanding of myself over these three days. Also, FYI, this story’s about 600 words. The game finished at 10 p.m. I turned it into the paper at 10:58 p.m., and a few minutes of that time was spent talking to OU coach Skip Johnson outside the Sooner dugout with other media around 10:10 p.m.