Here are the current standings for the World Company Cup, which tallies head-to-head results involving the city’s two large-class high schools. In sports that do not compete head-to-head, a point is awarded to the team that fares better in the league meet.
Free State Lawrence
Girls tennis 0 1
Girls Golf 1 0
Boys CC 0 1
Girls CC 1 0
Boys Soccer .5 .5
Volleyball 3 1
Gymnastics 1 0
Football 1 0
Girls Basketball 1 2
Boys Basketball 0 2
Wrestling 0 1
Boys Swimming 1 0
Boys Bowling 0 1
Girls Bowling 1 0
Baseball 1 0
Boys Tennis 1 0
Softball 2 0
Total 14.5 9.5
The Free State High softball team swept crosstown rival Lawrence High on Thursday at Holcom Complex by winning two games — 7-2 and 7-3 — that were remarkably similar in substance.
In each, the Firebirds watched leadoff hitter Rosie Hull reach base to kickstart the scoring and later saw their defense turn back two furious LHS rallies that left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
Nearly everything that happened in between followed a similar pattern, as the Firebirds pounded out 17 hits in Game 2 and 29 for the night while holding LHS to just 13 in the two games combined.
“We’re not really a team that will run over you for one inning,” said Free State catcher Lauren Fox, who had four singles and four runs scored in the doubleheader. “We just keep after you all game.”
That seemed to be the game plan for the Firebirds, who scored at least one run in eight of the 14 innings played during Thursday’s sweep.
The top of the Free State lineup once again did most of the damage. Rose Hull finished the night with four hits and two stolen bases, twin sister and No. 3 hitter Maggie Hull was 6-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and Fox, who hit second in the order, was 4-for-8 with an RBI.
Although the rest of the Firebirds did not parlay those statistics into huge totals on the scoreboard, they did more than enough to keep the Lions at bay. Senior Lexi Smith added three hits and three RBIs to the cause and shortstop Sam O’Brien picked up three singles and two RBIs.
“We have all the pieces,” Rosie Hull said. “And it’s so great when they come together. To have that happen against Lawrence High, when this was the last time for us seniors to get to play against them, was just awesome.”
After scoring two runs in the top of the first inning in Game 1, the Firebirds added three more in the third inning — all on consecutive singles — and one each in the fourth and sixth.
The Lions, who had struggled all season offensively until this week, cut the FSHS lead to 5-2 on RBIs from Jamie Jarrett and Kasey Waite in the third but never threatened again until their last at-bat. In the bottom of the seventh, Jasmyn Turner, Kelsey Broadwell and Jarrett all reached base safely with one out before Lauren Massey and Waite popped out to end the game.
Free State pitcher Megan Smith picked up the victory on the mound for the Firebirds, pitching seven innings while striking three and walking just one.
Smith also was the winner in the nightcap, and this time her teammates made sure of it by pushing across two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Those two runs pushed the FSHS lead to 7-1 and allowed Smith to breathe easy in the bottom of the inning as the Lions scored two runs — RBI singles from Broadwell and Turner — and once again left the bases loaded as the Firebirds recorded the final out.
Despite coming up short, the Lions were encouraged by their emerging offense and the late-game rallies.
“It doesn’t make it easier to take because it always hurts to lose,” LHS catcher Kristen Bell said. “But I think it shows our heart. It shows that we’ll fight to the end.”
The losses dropped the Lions to 1-11 overall, while Free State improved to 7-7.