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Whitehouse heads to state with two No. 1's

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WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -

In Whitehouse, there's 1 and 1A.

"A lot of people talk about having a No. 1 and No. 2," said Whitehouse senior Jared Raabe. "But we feel like we have two No. 1's."

If it's Patrick Mahomes or Ryan Cheatham on the mound, the result is usually the same. The Wildcats wins.

"It's been awesome because a lot of people try and plan for one pitcher," said Raabe.  "But we have two. It puts them (opposing teams) in a bind and we have a lot of confidence in both of them."

Life long friends, Mahomes and Cheatham have combined record of 22 and 1 this season.

"It's like having two aces," said Mahomes.  Whoever pitches, we are confident of getting the win. Since we were young we've been able to dominate teams and be able to pitch great and win games. I know with me pitching, I always expect to win. With Ryan I have confidence in him that every time he goes out there I expect to get a 'W'."

Cheatham is a perfect 13 and 0 in 2013.

"We push each other," said Cheatham. "I know that if he goes out he'll help me and talk about what he did, the things he used. That helps me because he teaches me a little bit and I teach him a little bit."

While many state tournament teams are left without an ace pitcher after the state semifinal round, there's no such worry in Whitehouse. With 1 and 1A, the Wildcats are dreaming of the gold.

"I've already had dreams," said Cheatham.  "That's what I dreamed of as a kid, starting in the championship game. It's all you can think about once you get this close to it and feels great."

Whether it's Cheatham or Mahomes on the mound Thursday, the Wildcats like their chances.

"We don't have to worry about losing our ace in the first game and going into the championship struggling," said Whitehouse senior Michael Nuon.  "They are both dominating pitchers and we're glad we have them."

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