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June 7, 2013

Band of Brothers

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The team is skilled and talented, but the way the Rams are drawn together helps them achieve even greater heights.

“We just are like a band of brothers almost,” Thomas said. “I think it’s easier to be loose that way. It’s a lot more easier to be loose when we’re winning, too.”

A fan standing near the Mt. Vernon dugout will hear the team encouraging each other. When players are asked to sacrifice themselves with a bunt to move a runner into scoring position, the Rams make sure the player knows they’ve done something critical even though the action might not grab attention from the outside.

“I know they would like to swing away when they want to, but (Holloway) is calling them to bunt, and everybody will meet the guy at the top step (of the dugout) and give him a high-five for that,” Thomas said.

Several of the Rams announced their arrival to Joliet’s Silver Cross Field with pictures through social media. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for game time.

“We’ll be ready to play,” Landon Thomas said. “We’ll be looking for a state championship hopefully.”

Win or lose the Rams will be together at the end.

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