CLAREMORE, OKLA. Friday, Free State High’s baseball team won a one-run pitcher’s dual.
Saturday, the Firebirds won a slugfest.
Colin Toalson went 3-for-3 with an RBI and five runs scored, and Cody Kukuk was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs as FSHS outlasted Ozark, Mo., 13-9, in the Claremore Four-State Festival.
“They were two different games in a many ways,” Free State coach Mike Hill said of the Firebirds’ two Festival victories. “(Saturday) was cold and wet. It was a last-minute decision to play, and the kids responded well, particularly offensively. We have a lot to work on from a defensive perspective.”
Free State (3-0) banged 17 hits.
Tim Lewis was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two walks; Montana Samuels was 3-for-5 with two RBIs; Dane McCullough was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI; Preston Schenck was 2-for-5; and Tim Turner went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run.
Kukuk (1-0) earned the win. He struck out 10 over 41⁄3 innings. And Lewis struck out three over the final 22⁄3 innings for the save.
Free State will entertain Leavenworth at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.