Overland Park Caleb Gress and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Free State High baseball team remained unbeaten Wednesday with a 6-2 victory against Shawnee Mission North in the Firebirds' Sunflower League opener.
Gress earned the win, tossing 42â3 innings and allowing one run on two hits, striking out two.
"We threw really well and had solid defense behind our pitchers," said Free State coach Mike Hill. "I thought Caleb took another step forward and was gutty."
Free State 6, SM North 2
W-Caleb Gress. L -Specht. 2B-Alex Hardman (FS), Andy Petz (FS), E.J. Swanson (FS), Ben Wilson (FS), John Wilson (FS).
Free State highlights: Hardman 3-for-3, 2B, BB; J. Wilson 2-for-4, 2B; Petz 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; Swanson 1-for-3, 2B, RBI; B. Wilson 1-for-4, 2B, RBI.
FSHS swimmers win
Manhattan - Morgan Flannigan and Katie Sloan each won three events Wednesday, leading the Free State swimming team to victory in a four-team meet.
The Firebirds scored 455 team points to outdistance host Manhattan (391), Maize (294) and Junction City (131).