The Silo Rebels had a good chance of winning their 4th consecutive Spring baseball state title, until the Coronavirus brought an end to sports in Oklahoma.
There's no doubt that when you think of Silo High School, you think of baseball. Since 2002, the Rebels have won 15 state titles, and this years senior class had four of them. Just three games into the Spring, the rest of the season was canceled, which brought a sudden end to a dominating run.
"I didn't think that against Central Sallisaw was going to be my last game," said Silo senior middle infielder Luke Jestis. "It's weird, I wish I could have gotten the feeling of knowing this is going to be my last one to make the most of it. I try to play my hardest every game, like it's my last."
"You just feel for these seniors," said Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen. "These other guys have another shot. These seniors have had so many good things happen to them. They really don't have any regrets either."
In the coming months, the Rebels had a chance to bring home their 4th consecutive spring baseball state title, which has only been done four times before in state history. If it was going to happen, they believed this would be the team to do it.
"We worked really really hard this off season. I know we had to redeem ourselves from the fall," said Silo senior right fielder Cord McDonald. "That's not what we do, I know we won state runner up, and that's a big deal, but to us, that wasn't satisfying. He had to get hungry again, but now we don't get to do that."
"We were feeling so good because we had improved so much over the off season," said Bowen. "It's hard to imagine that this group had done that, but they really had because they knew what that work would turn into for them."
When all is said and done, these seniors have left behind quite the legacy. On top of the four rings, they also had an undefeated season in the Spring of 2019, and they had a whopping 63-game winning streak, setting the standard of what's to come...
"Such a good group, such a thrill to be their coach," said Bowen. "To spend four years with them, they've meant so much to this place."