The comeback is complete.
Six straight wins, and the Ottawa Post 60 Arrows claimed their third consecutive state title Sunday morning. They topped Great Bend 10-6 at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa, after beating the Chiefs 9-1 on Saturday to force Sunday's game.
Ottawa's run came after losing its opening round game Wednesday against Hays, sending the team to the loser's bracket. Five wins later, and the Arrows were in a familiar place - playing for a championship.
"To lose the first game, and come all the way back, there is only one team in the state that could do that, and that's the team that did it," Brian Long, Arrows head coach, said.
Ottawa jumped all over the Chiefs early. A two-run home run by Trevor Boehm, catcher, in the game's second at-bat was followed by a two-RBI hit by Grant Maxwell, first baseman. Keegan Finch, outfielder, launched a three-run bomb with two outs to give the Arrows a 7-0 lead after one inning.
Great Bend didn't' leave quietly. The Chiefs put together a four-run top of the fifth to narrow the lead to 10-6. That was all the offense either squad could muster in the final two innings.
Brock Huddlestun picked up the win on the mound, and Boehm came on in relief to close out the final two innings.
Ottawa becomes just the fourth American Legion team to win three straight state titles, Long noted.