Ryan Silapan, Silapan Says: Despite not winning a State title, Vian's seniors left their mark
EDMOND — The fairytale ending the Vian High baseball team was looking for wasn’t in the cards.
The Wolverines — who were making their third Class 3A State tournament appearance in four years — felt this was their year.
Vian, a senior heavy team that featured eight players, all of whom were in the starting lineup.
These eight seniors — Javier Ramos, Kaleb Glass, Elijah Crist, Christian Crist, Tyrus Wells, Beau Barton, Elijah Girty and Hayden Parson — all had the big game experience.
For all their experience and talent Vian wasn’t able to combat a seven-run first inning deficit as the Wolverines’ season came to an end against Victory Christian in a 9-3 loss in an opening round 3A State tournament game Thursday afternoon at Edmond Memorial High.
“They’ve had a great career,” Vian coach John Brockman said of his eight seniors. “They been to the state tournament three times and were 33-6 this year. Kind of disappointing because I think we’re better than a State qualifying team. We weren’t today.”
Vian had the highest of expectations this year.
With eight seniors including star pitcher Ramos who will play at Missouri State next season, the Wolverines weren’t just looking to make it back to the State tournament for the third time in four years — they were looking to win it.
After the game had ended the team embraced each other, tears were shed and losing much earlier than expected hurt not being able to play as team again hurt just as bad.
“We were brothers,” Glass said. “We could make fun of each other without getting upset with each other and everyone was family. I just love them.”
A season where Vian won 33 games, including four that were against the No. 1 ranked team in their opponents respective classes.
With so many wins under their belts including against some of the best the state had to offer, Vian has no shame to hang their heads.
“It was a great season for us,” Elijah Crist said. “A lot of talent in this senior class right here. I love my team and wish we had made it (to the State tournament) all four years. I loved my senior group and the team I played with.”
This wasn’t a team where just a couple of seniors led the way and the rest were simply a supporting cast — far from it.
On top of all eight seniors starting so many of them have been playing together going all the way back to third and fourth grade.
They didn’t just enjoy being teammates on the field but being friends off the diamond as well.
“We bonded pretty good,” Ramos said. “We love each other and grew up together. It’s going to be something to miss we really loved each other a lot.”
The Wolverines may not get the State title banner they were hoping for when the season began but when the seniors look back at their time they are going to remember a lot of fun times.
In the four years the eight seniors were a part of the Vian baseball team they accumulated 106 wins during that span.
Despite never winning a State title, Vian knew what success was.
“It was fun,” Ramos said. “I’m always going to look back on this and remember it being fun playing with my teammates — I love them so much. We came up short and wanted to win a State championship but three State tournament appearances we tried to make the most of it.”
Players let alone teams wish they could make just an appearance in a State tournament during their high school careers would be an amazing accomplishment.
Vian’s eight seniors made not one, not two but three.
Through it all win or lose the Wolverines were always there for each other.
“We always supported each other,” Glass said. “It didn’t matter who was out there we supported them and I couldn’t be more thankful for my senior class.”
Ryan Silapan is the sports editor of Your TIMES you can follow him on Twitter @RyanSilapan or reach him at 918-775-4433