SHAWNEE — On the bus ride to the Class 6A baseball state championship game Saturday afternoon, Owasso coach Larry Turner told his team to enjoy the experience.
“It won't sink in for awhile what you have a chance to do,” Turner told his players. “You have the opportunity to run the table. How cool will that be? Savor the moment. You may never get a chance to do this again.”
The Rams enjoyed every bit of it, grinding out a 5-1 win over Norman North at Ed Skelton Field to wrap up their 12th state championship.
In the process, Owasso set a big-time first for the school, becoming the first undefeated team not only in school history but the first 6A baseball team ever to go through the season without a loss.
In the team picture following the game, one Rams player held up a jersey with “36” on its back while another held up one with “0” to mark Owasso's perfect 36-0 mark.
The undefeated mark started creeping into Owasso players' minds about a month ago after a second win against Jenks.
“It's incredible to me that we were able to do that,” Owasso catcher Garrett Hall said. “It's just crazy that we got it done. We played a lot of close games and we were just so close together.”
Twelve of Owasso's wins came by three or less runs.
“We didn't have a guy like Dylan Bundy or Pete Kozma,” Rams right fielder Mason O'Brien said. “It took every one of us. This was a whole team effort all year.”
Even with the prospect of going undefeated in front of them, the Rams had some question marks coming in to the title game.
Shortstop Austin Rosa was playing with a pair of broken fingers. Braden Webb had pitched just two innings since early April after suffering some back problems.