"Excellence" is synonymous with the Rawlings name when it relates to fielding gloves. But do not believe for a second that their bats fall short of that same quality. A prime example of their extreme attention to detail lies in the 2015 Rawlings Excellence Maple Wood Baseball Bat (REMK27). Crafted from flawless materials with the best in the business in mind, the Excellence Series makes a welcome addition to the game of any level of player. Each 2015 Rawlings Excellence Maple Wood Baseball Bat (REMK27) is cut from high-clarity maple wood which has undergone measured sound wave testing to ensure the utmost strength and performance from the end product. Rawlings takes painstaking measures by splitting the wood along the grain (compared to cutting against it) to provide the best durability possible. The wood billets are then placed in a vacuum kiln to remove excess moisture which creates a harder, better-sounding wood bat. Adding to that hardness, each model is Pro Ink Dot Certified and bone rubbed to compress the barrel while reducing flaking of the wood.