But the Rams scratched across a pair to stay alive after a leadoff walk started some momentum going Rattan's way.
Then in the eighth, things fell apart for Roff and everything went Rattan's way. The Tigers committed three errors to give Rattan two unearned runs after Tanner McAdams led off the inning with a single. Both runs came with two outs.
“It's bittersweet,” Adams said of the win. “We sure wish he could've been here. We did this for him and us.”
A year after coming behind to win three games in the state tournament, Rattan had another.
“These kids just keep fighting,” Rams coach Ryan Cordell said. “They give us good at-bats. That's just how they are. They're tough kids. I can't take any credit for that.”
Brandon Jones isn't likely to be able to make or receive a call for several weeks, so he'll likely learn of Rattan's state championship win by letter.
“It doesn't replace him being here,” Cordell said. “I just wish he could've been here to be a part of it. But for us to go out and use him as inspiration is something these kids will remember for a long time.”