CLAREMORE, OKLA. Robby Price pitched a three-hit shutout, and Brett Lisher delivered a two-run single in a six-run first inning as Free State blanked Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo, 6-0, on Friday in high school baseball.
The Firebirds managed only three hits, but two came in the first inning along with three Kickapoo errors. Price struck out six and didn't walk a batter in the complete-game performance.
"Defensively, we were great. Our defense was spectacular today," Free State coach Mike Hill said. "Price's outing was really, really good. He was better than we could have hoped he would be."
The Firebirds improved to 4-0. They've allowed just two runs this season, both unearned.
"The positives have been our pitching and defense," Hill said. "The pitching has exceeded our expectations. Offensively, we're not where we should be, but we have some very good hitters on this team."
Free State will play Springfield (Mo.) Glendale at noon today as play continues in the Four-State Festival.
LHS baseball prevails
Olathe - Daren Parker struck out nine and allowed just four hits in six innings as Lawrence High opened its baseball season Friday with an 8-5 victory over Olathe South.
The Lions erased a 2-1 deficit with a six-run second inning.
Sean Muder went 3-for-3, and Nick DeBiasse drove in four runs for the Lions.
"We were aggressive at the plate and aggressive on the base paths," LHS coach Brad Stoll said. Daren pitched very, very well. He was getting ahead of guys and working very fast."
The Lions (1-0) will play Lee's Summit North at noon today at Ice Field.
FSHS softball wins two
Olathe - Free State High's softball season opener was postponed because of rainy weather until Friday, but it didn't bother the Firebirds as they swept a doubleheader against Olathe Northwest.
Free State won the opener 3-1 behind pitcher Summer Mulford, who struck out seven. Allie Hock was 4-for-4 for the Firebirds.
In the nightcap, a 7-0 FSHS rout, Catherine Smith earned the victory on the mound, and Livi Abney was 2-for-3.
It was a good start for Free State's pitchers and hitters: The Firebirds allowed just four hits in each game and rapped 21 total in the twinbill.
"Overall, I was very happy with everyone," FSHS coach Pam Pine said.
"Our freshmen did a great job, and our leadership was terrific."
The Firebirds (2-0) will play host Tuesday to Shawnee Mission East in their home opener at FSHS field.