Bluestem pulled off an improbable state-championship victory on Friday night, holding off Ellis with the bases loaded in the final inning and winning Class 2-1A baseball 8-5 in Great Bend.
Bluestem (18-4) beat an unbeaten Ellis team to secure the crown.
Ellis led 5-1 after three innings, but Bluestem scored two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take command. Ellis committed five errors in the game.
Blake Bevin was the Lions’ winning pitcher.