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April 23, 2014

Jerame Littell, son of OSU coach Jim, now part of a different Bedlam

ENID, Okla. — Jerame Littell, the son of Oklahoma State women’s basketball head coach Jim Littell, grew up around the Oklahoma-OSU Bedlam rivalry in Stillwater.

Now, he’s anxious to get his first look at the Northern Oklahoma College version of Bedlam when he and his NOC Enid Jets teammates (25-19 overall, 6-6 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) go to Tonkawa for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the rival NOC Tonkawa Mavericks (14-29, 4-8).

The two NOCs also will play at 1 p.m. Saturday to conclude the series.

“I’m excited and ready to see what it’s all about,’’ said Littell, who transferred to NOC Enid from Washburn University, where he redshirted as a  quarterback.

The Jets are trying to stay within striking range of first-place Murray State (9-3) in conference. The Aggies and Jets play a four-game series next week.

“It’s gonna be a lot of fun,’’ Littell said. “We get pumped up for every game. Tonkawa’s a big-time rivalry.’’

Littell is on a hot streak, having gone 3-for-5 with a double and two singles against Connors State on Monday and three-for-three against Pratt, Kan., Community College on Tuesday with a home run, double and single.

“I’m just trying to see the ball as well as I can and take a good approach,’’ Littell said. “I’m not trying for extra bases. I just try to hit the ball hard and keep it in play.’’

Littell has been hot and cold throughout the season.

“It’s going good now, but I’ve been on the other side of it, too,’’ he said. “I don’t really have any individual goals. I just want to take every game with the best approach that I could possibly have and play the field as well as I could.’’

Sounds like a coach’s son.

“It’s definitely helped me to be a coach’s son, especially mentally,’’ Littell said. “I’ve been around it all of my life. I know a lot about athletics as far as preparation is concerned.’’

He is hitting .299 with eight home runs and 34 RBI. He has eight doubles and two triples. Littell said he enjoys hitting clean-up for the Jets “because there’s always someone on base.’’

“It’s a lot of responsibility, but I like it a lot,’’ Littell said.

Littell was a two-sport standout at Stillwater High School, choosing to play football for Division II Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

The year at Washburn taught him his true love was baseball and that he missed his family. Going to nearby NOC Enid allowed him to follow both paths. His family tries to go to as many games as possible.

He made his final decision about two weeks before school was going to start.

“I didn’t really consider any other schools,’’ he said. “I got an offer here and that was the one.”

The junior college route made the most sense because he would have had to sit out a year if he had gone to another NCAA school.

Redshirting made him think about his future in football. He admitted he didn’t make the final decision until the last minute.

“Redshirting was pretty tough on me,’’ Littell said, “but it gave me a year to grow. I miss football, but I’m doing something that I’m sure that I want to do.’’

When he came to NOC Enid, Littell hadn’t played baseball in more than a year.

“I had to take a lot of rust off,’’ he said. “It was tough at first, but all the repetitions and building some confidence helped a lot.’’

Littell has gone from being a rival (from his days at Stillwater) to being one of the heroes at David Allen.

“I’m fortunate to play on a field like this,’’ he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.’’

His brother, Jon, a senior at Stillwater, has signed a letter of intent to play at OSU.

Littell is undecided about next season, whether he’ll return to NOC Enid, go to OSU with Jon or to another four-year school.

“You never know,’’ Littell said. “I don’t have any set plans right now. My focus is on finishing up this season and seeing how far we can make it in the playoffs.’’

His father gives him some tips and pointers from the stands.

“My dad is a great coach,’’ Littell said. “I don’t mind that. He only wants me to succeed.’’

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