The Free State High softball team will travel to Olathe Northwest for a 4:45 p.m. tilt against the Ravens today in the first round of the regional tournament.
The Firebirds (5-15) will be the No. 7 seed, while the Ravens (19-1) are the No. 2 seed.
“They’ve got two pitchers that combined are 19-1,” Free State coach Lee Ice said. “One of them is second in the league in strikeouts. They’ve got a shortstop that’s stolen 20-plus bases. ... We’re going to have to play a perfect game to have a chance to be in the game with them.”
Fortunately for the Firebirds, they’ve had some recent success against Olathe Northwest — the defending Class 6A state champion.
Despite falling, 3-1 and 6-0, in a pair of games earlier this spring, the Firebirds led the Ravens, 1-0, with six outs left to play in the first game.
“We just have to put an entire game together, which we haven’t done a very good job of,” Ice said. “We have to play the entire 21 outs.”
The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the game between No. 3 Manhattan and No. 6 Junction City later in the evening in the 6:30 p.m. championship.