Overland Park After a sluggish start, Free State High’s baseball team badly needed a lift Friday night at Shawnee Mission North.
Good thing Colin Toalson was readily available.
Toalson entered in relief and earned the win on the mound, while also blasting a 400-foot home run, and the Firebirds rolled past the Indians, 7-3, on Friday night.
“Colin took the game over,” Free State coach Mike Hill said. “He changed the whole atmosphere and was certainly a catalyst.”
Toalson relieved starting pitcher Trent Johnson in the fourth inning and promptly struck out six of the first seven batters he faced. He also led off the fifth inning with a towering home run to tie the game at 3.
“As soon as the bat hit the ball, you knew,” Hill said. “It was well over 400 feet to left-center.”
Free State (13-5) will play host to Lawrence High at 5 p.m. Monday.