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Komets relaxed and ready for state

Created: 06/09/2014 6:33 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- As Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra said, it's like déjà vu all over again.

The Kasson-Mantorville baseball team is going back to St. Cloud and the state tournament for the third time in the last four years.

"Three out of four years is pretty darn good for us," Kasson-Mantorville shortstop Jayden Prigge said.

"Not many people get to go one year and we won it (last year), so it's a dream come true, really," Komets centerfielder Nic Bauer said.

"It's always fun to go," Komets catcher Collin Ripley said. "It's a great environment up there, so it's a great experience to go there and play around."

"We're definitely relaxed," Prigge said. "Last year, we went through it all. We made it to the finals and won it all, so really can't do anything new, so we're just going to do our best."

"It's always fun to hang out with the team at the hotel," Ripley said. "They've got a really nice hotel up there for us, so it's really fun just to be with the team for a couple days and just mess around."

"That kind of our identity - just a relaxed, laid back team," Bauer said. "We're always joking around, having a good time in the dugout, and just enjoying it."

"Other teams up there take it almost too seriously," Prigge said. "When we go to the hotel, we just have fun and don't even think about baseball until the day comes."

"We just have to play relaxed like last year, and not remember that we have to defend a title," Bauer said.

The Komets begin state play against Hawley Thursday in St. Cloud.