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Rattan Rams patiently await shot at title defense

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RATTAN, OK -- Class A's second ranked Rams are patiently waiting a shot at defending last spring's state title. While they do, they'll reflect on another impressive season.

"Going to state," is a familiar phrase among Rattan baseball fans.

The Rams have been to the state tournament six times in the past three years, bringing home their most recent state title last season. 

To no surprise the Rams are at it again, posting a 26-8 record and heading back to the tournament to try to bring home their 12th overall state title.

"We've been there before. We know what to expect," said senior second baseman Tanner McAdams. "We know not to underestimate anybody. Just go in there and play everybody like they're the best."

The Rams started out the season strong, winning five straight but then ran into some trouble losing six out of their next eight games.

"We've kind of had our ups and downs. Played a really tough schedule. But half way through the season, things started coming together and we've really played well as of late," said head coach Ryan Cordell.

The Rams have only lost two games since March 30 and they are hoping their nine seniors can use their experience to help them continue on the right path toward a championship. 

"It just helps because now going into our sixth one, we just have a lot more experience, it settles the nerves because we've been there before," McAdams added.

He knows what gold ball number 12 would mean for the town.

"If we had another state championship then the whole community, everybody is so supportive right now, it would even make it better, make our school system better. The fans are always amazing, it would just overall be a good thing."

The Rattan Lady Rams already took care of business taking home another state title yesterday, and get this --  both the Ram baseball team and slow pitch team won the academic state championships for their class as well.

Perfect mix of academics and recreation as one Ram fan put it.