A beautiful evening made a great setting for the final game in the 2017 Class 2-1A Baseball season as the Bluestem Lions and Ellis Railroaders faced off in the State Championship game.
This year’s game came with an added twist as a pitcher could not throw more than 105 pitches in a game. Along with the pitch count limit came a required rest period. With the State Tournament only lasting a total of two days, once a player hit the max limit, they were no longer available in that position. Both teams hoped their pitchers would go as long as possible.
Bluestem opened the scoring in the first frame with one run in the top of the first. Ellis came right back in the bottom half of the inning and plated two runs. The Railroaders added one more in the second inning and two more in the third.
Then in the fourth inning, the Bluestem bats woke back up as they manufactured two runs. The next winning they tacked three more runs and chased away the Ellis starting pitcher Brevin LaBarge.
Adding two more runs in the top of the sixth inning sealed the Lions’ victory. Their starting pitcher, Blake Bevan, went all the way to the final inning and faced all but the final four batters.
Bluestem finishes the year with the State Championship and a 17 and 4 record. Ellis finished the runner-up with the State Championship game serving as their only loss after 19 victories.
Below are some of the pictures I took at the game: