For Free State High softball coach Lee Ice, Tuesday’s doubleheader against Olathe North was the same story, just on a different night.
After a five-run second inning brought them even, the Firebirds fell, 14-7, in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Tuesday night at FSHS.
FSHS (4-8) fell, 7-2, in the first game.
“We’re basically in catch up mode all the time,” Ice said. “We got that game tied and we can’t shut it down.”
After only managing three hits in the first game, the Firebirds smacked nine in the nightcap — six of them coming in a five-run second inning that tied the game at 6-6.
With two outs and two on in the inning, A’Liyah Rogers smacked an RBI single to center to score Elizabeth Hazlett.
Next up was Remington Samuels, who belted a single to score Rogers and Whitney Rothwell.
Alex Hill followed with a triple to center to score Samuels, and Courtney Parker blasted a double to score Hill and cap the rally.
But because of a few errors in the field and a potent O-North (9-3) offense — led by Darion Jaso, who went 8-for-8 with five runs scored and a home run in the two games — the Firebirds couldn’t stay close.
“I can’t fault our pitching. (They’re) going to throw to contact, the other team is going to hit the ball, and we’ve got to make the plays,” Ice said. “Typically when we give teams more than three outs in an inning, they score three or four runs.”
Parker also doubled in the final Firebird run in the second game, and second baseman Katy Davis stood out defensively.
Hill, Hazlett and Samuels tallied Free State’s hits in game one.
The Firebirds will play host to Shawnee Mission West in a doubleheader at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.