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New hurler leads FSHS to victory

Free State senior Kelson Boyer delivers a pitch. Boyer, a transfer from Eudora, led the Firebirds to an 8-3 victory against Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday at Free State.

Free State senior Kelson Boyer delivers a pitch. Boyer, a transfer from Eudora, led the Firebirds to an 8-3 victory against Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday at Free State.

April 23, 2008

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FSHS blows out SMS

The Free State Firebirds played host to Shawnee Mission South tonight. Enlarge video

The performance lived up to the hype.

After waiting all season for senior transfer Kelson Boyer to become eligible to pitch, the Free State High baseball team sent its newest weapon to the mound on Tuesday.

Boyer, a confident and crafty righty with a powerful fastball and ferocious mix of breaking stuff, showed the wait was worth it by tossing a complete-game, six-hit gem in an 8-3 victory over Shawnee Mission South.

"It was exciting to see him pitch," said senior center fielder Adam Rock, who, thanks to Boyer's dominance of the SMS hitters, did not field a single ball all game. "He's a pretty talkative person, but he backed it up today."

After surrendering back-to-back singles to the first two hitters he faced, Boyer retired the next three but left the mound trailing, 2-0.

"I was pretty nervous before the game," said Boyer, who transferred from Eudora. "And the first couple innings were not too good. But I was just trying to throw strikes and get that first win as a Firebird. I can't even tell you how good that feels."

Aided by a four-run first from the Free State offense, Boyer climbed the hill in the top of the second with a two-run lead and a new mentality.

He picked up his first strikeout when SMS leadoff hitter Dustin King went down looking to end the second inning. He added four more K's over the next five innings and mixed his pitches well enough to slice through the Raiders' offense. Boyer retired nine of the final 12 batters with ground-ball outs that were coerced by his command of his pitches.

"Shawnee Mission South can swing the bat, and they were on him early," Free State coach Mike Hill said. "I think (Boyer's) slider really made the difference in the game. He was able to add his repetoire of off-speed stuff to complement his velocity. I'm sure there was some internal pressure today, but he did a great job of keeping his poise."

So, too, did the Firebirds' offense. After grabbing the lead in the bottom of the first, Free State kept rolling throughout the game. Rock led the attack with three hits, and Jordan Dreiling, Hunter Scheib, John Wilson and Cody Kukuk added two hits apiece. Overall, Free State out-hit SM South, 14-6.

The biggest blast came in the first inning when Wilson ripped a ground-rule double to the left-center field gap to put the Firebirds on the board. Wilson finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Although the Free State offense did more than enough to add to its win total, Tuesday's win likely will be remembered as the night the Firebirds introduced yet another money pitcher to the Sunflower League.

"You can never have too much pitching," Hill said. "Never."

Next up, the Firebirds (9-1) will play host to Olathe South at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Comments

pimp11 5 years, 11 months ago

Agreed Cheese.... same course of action that was acted at Eudora; just magnified by 100 since its in Lawrence. Still hot-headed teen whose stuff doesnt stink. So, sad......... has lots, and I mean lots of potential; without the drama being brought. I think the state should require all schools to follow the same alcohol policies........ Get busted; lets run to continue our dreams..................lets run again during KU...... ??

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cheeseburger 5 years, 11 months ago

He hasn't changed his behaviors, and the enablers haven't quit enabling, so it's doubtful there will be any meaningful course correction in this guy's future. So sad - all the ability in the world, and not enough brains to stay out of trouble.

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Jim Tebow 5 years, 11 months ago

The fact of the matter is that this kid is taking away playing time from people who work hard and are good kids. I have heard about the things that he did from multiple sources. He is a bad person and shouldn't be rewarded for his actions. He was kicked off his Eudora team, and for good reason. Yet Mike Hill allows him to come to Free State and play for them. I don't know these two coaches, but just from observing this, the head coach at Eudora has much more self respect and holds people to standards. I believe in what goes around comes around, and Kelson Boyer and Mike Hill both have something coming

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

I remember years ago, Ed Bartley was in charge of the LHS band. They always had baton twirlers. These girls after 9th grade, valiantly studied with previous twillers, college pros. They were good. Just as you would expect to represent our local students. They introduced themselves to Bartley, who, without seeing them said, I'm not going to have twirlers anymore". End of discussion, period.After a bit, this new girl transfers in from Tx or somewhere. She is immediately put in the band as twirler, singular.The girls pointedly asked him about his change of mind.He said, Have you seen (her name)?Sure, she was one of those twirlers that you would see in a professional circus. Had lots of flashy outfits, etc.The local's weren't given a chance, but a Tx family with money can come in a get their way.Was a donation involved?Mr. Bartley, I was ashamed of you.

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pimp11 5 years, 11 months ago

Has nothing to do with baseball itself. It has to do with how student athletes in High School conduct themselves and then find ways around their punishment to achieve their dreams.Just a minor step down from the pros without the money. For your information, I know All. And its a run and hide from your misstakes situation and the athlete will be rewarded in the long run.............Life is a bunch choices-- this is true. So are we now rewarding HS athletes for bad behavior? I believe in 2nd chances............. but not more........... Good Luck On the Run!!

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plumberscrack 5 years, 11 months ago

It seems that a lot of kids come from area towns to play for Free State High School. Cody Kukuk transfered in as well as Kelson Boyer. I guess this says a lot about LHS baseball, huh?

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Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 11 months ago

Dude, it just takes away a kids opportunity to pitch, or at least lengthens the rotation. The kid was already on the team, just not eligible to play. Baseball is one of those sports that, within reason, really doesn't have a limit on the number of players suited up. At both high schools though, there seems to be a proponderance of playing the same 6-7 kids every game and roll through the rest of the 10-12 players on the roster as either a pitcher or to play in that one other position on the field.

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KU_Dude 5 years, 11 months ago

So allowing this kid to transfer & then pitch for half a season make another kid, who has played all season, all of a sudden not be able to suit up and play for the varsity?

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Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 11 months ago

OK then pimp, without getting into the details, Boyer made some poor decisions with his extra-curricular activities and his vehicle. Because of these poor decisions, the baseball coach in Eudora booted him off the team and told him not to come back. Coach Hill decided it would be ok to provide him with a second (or was it third) opportunity to move past those poor choices and right his ship (as cheeseburger wrote). That is why he transferred. Based upon your ;p, I thought you knew (but either way I'll play along for those that do not know the reason.)

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cheeseburger 5 years, 11 months ago

Life is about choices. People who make good ones throughout their life generally do well. Those who make bad choices tend to jeopardize opportunities, jobs, families, etc. Let's hope those who make poor choices can right their ship and get on track before it is too late. Let's also hope that those who enable unacceptable behaviors are also held accountable at some point.

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FatTony 5 years, 11 months ago

I think it is because there is are no high paying jobs or affordable housing in Eudora and his parents realized the best real estate value and employment opportunities are in western Lawrence.

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pimp11 5 years, 11 months ago

Why'd he transfer from Eudora? ;p

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