Paola -- Lawrence's Legion Outlaws made a stirring comeback in the losers bracket Sunday and won the Paola Invitational baseball tournament.
"It was staggering," Outlaws coach Carl Brooks said. "You had to see it to believe it."
After bowing to Fort Scott, 12-6, on Saturday, the Outlaws bounced back to edge Kansas City Vending, 4-3, late Saturday night.
Then on Sunday, the Outlaws began what would be a grueling 10 1/2 hours of baseball by thumping Thayer, 16-8, with Nate Vail homering and Jimmy Hahn collecting three hits.
Next the Outlaws eliminated host Paola, 18-10, as shortstop Shaun Flynn doubled and slugged a grand slam. Aaron Rose also homered in that game.
Next the Outlaws had to defeat Fort Scott twice to win the championship.
In the first game, Flynn slammed two homers and had a double to pace an 11-7 victory. Hahn and John Swenson added a pair of doubles each.
Finally, the Outlaws finished their long road back with a 9-7 triumph over Fort Scott. Hahn had two home runs in that game while Flynn and Skip Skahan each doubled.
"I don't know if I've ever had a team play so hard," Brooks said. "Those kids were just unbelievable. We started at noon and didn't come off the field until 10:30. The only thing that saved us was a cool front went through."
The Outlaws, 11-5, are now scheduled for a 6 p.m. twinbill on Tuesday at DeSoto.