There are thermometers to measure the temperature, clocks to reveal the exact time of day, odometers by which to gauge miles per gallon, and box office numbers to determine the popularity of a movie.
But, science has yet to invent a device to compute human will and determination.
Had such a gizmo existed, there's no doubt the redoubtable Bartlesville United Linen Braves would have broken the top off Friday night.
The situation for the Braves was as dire as a baby bird pumping its little wings at full energy while trying to stay ahead of the forward haunches of a hurricane.
After four-and-a-half innings — of the scheduled five-inning baseball game — visiting Tulsa NOAH led Bartlesville, 10-3, at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium.
But, the imaginary bird survived — and the Braves really won, 11 to 10, to be exact.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Braves veteran Randsom Jones delivered a fiery rocket – that sliced past the streaking center fielder and rolled toward the wall — to drive home Levi Juby for the winning run.
Jones' missile capped the Braves' amazing — and heart-driven — eight-rally in the bottom of the fifth.
If any one individual deserved a hero's designation during the Braves' combustible comeback it was the American Legion team's lone Caney Valley High School representative.
Just as the Braves seemed teetering on the rim of the bit, they found their cup of hope Brim-ming full.
Chase Brim — the aforementioned product of CVHS — opened the bottom of the fifth by smashing the first pitch for a triple to the right field wall.
“Most the time, the first pitch is best you're going to see in an at-bat,” Brim said after the game. “If it's there, you've got swing at it.”
Brim didn't stay on third long. The next pitch — to teammate Jones — got past the catcher and Brim loped home to trim NOAH's lead to 10-4.
But, the Trojans still had a long, long, long ways to go — especially after Jones popped up to the third baseman and the pitcher struck out the next batter.
Bartlesville's Britton Epperson looked at the scoreboard and saw two outs as he stepped in the box and turned to face the NOAH hurler.
Four pitchers later, Epperson trotted down to first base after drawing a walk.
But, the Braves still had a long, long, long ways to go.
Hunter Reed stepped up next, fouled the first pitch back to screen and worked the count to 2-and-2 before being struck with a pitch.
The Braves still had a long, long, long ways to go.
Then it was Ryan Jones' turn.
After watching a fastball crease the zone for a strike, Jones snapped his wand around on the next offering and sent a hook screamer down the left field line. The hustling left fielder tried — in vain — to make the diving catch. But, the ball hit the ground and rolled toward the wall while Epperson and Reed scored to make it a 10-6 game. Jones stopped at second base.
The Braves still had a long, long way to go.
The next hitter was Cooper Park. He didn't waste any time, spanking the first pitch for an opposite-field single to drive home Ryan Jones and narrow the margin to three runs, 10-7.
The Braves still had a long, long ways to go.
That brought to the plate, Seth Rogers.
With the count at 1-and-1, Rogers lashed a grass-scorching grounder to the left side. A NOAH infielder picked the ball off and fired it to first — but not in time.
The Braves now had two baserunners — and still a long, long ways to go.
The task got easier when a pick-off attempt at third turned into an error and Park scored to pull the Braves within two runs, 10-8.
The Braves still had a long ways to go.
Corbin McCarty then drew a walk to put the potential tying run on base.
Another NOAH error — on a ball put in play by Levi Juby — scored Rogers to make it a one-run game, 10-9.
And, Brim — who had led off the rally with a triple — was coming back to the plate.
Brim laced a liner past the shortstop to plate McCarty and knot the score, 10-10.
With Juby on second, Jones returned to the plate and had a chance to redeem himself for the pop-up earlier in the inning.
After a balk pushed Juby to third, Jones muscled out his walk-off hit to cap the remarkable comeback. In reality, Jones' torpedo was a two-run double, but in the case of a walk-off hit, only the winning run counts in the stats.
Brim said this character-driven triumph forged closer team bonds.
“It lifts our spirits,” he said. “We've been off and on, but we know now we're going to put runs on the board.”
Braves' head coach Pat McCarty confirmed that when the Braves put the ball in play they are a dangerous bunch due to their team speed on the bases.
Jones also collected the winning pitching decision.
In the first game of the evening, NOAH won, 7-1. Park scored the Braves' lone tally.