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Free State baseball

Raiders relievers steady in home-opening victory
June 12, 2013
Playing in town for the first time this summer, the Lawrence Raiders rode some steady relief pitching to a 5-3 victory over the Midwest Bruins Tuesday night at Free State High. By Benton Smith
World Company Cup returns to Free State
June 12, 2013
For the seventh time in eight years, the World Company Cup belongs to Free State High. The trophy, awarded since 2006 to the school that prevails most often in City Showdowns and other competitions between rivals Lawrence High and Free State, spent the last year on display at LHS. However, the Lions’ claim to the cup proved short-lived, as Free State conquered the Lions, 17-9, in the standings. By Benton Smith
Four city preps on all-state baseball
June 3, 2013
The Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches placed four city players on its 2013 Class 6A All-State first team.
City represented on league baseball team
May 31, 2013
The city’s baseball teams earned heaps of accolades from their Sunflower League peers this season, including a Player of the Year award for Lawrence High junior catcher Drew Green and Coach of the Year honors for Free State coach Mike Hill.
Firebirds baseball stunned
May 16, 2013
Free State High senior first baseman Jacob Caldwell found it tough to explain what had just happened to the top-seeded Firebirds following a 10-0, run-rule-shortened regional baseball loss to fourth-seeded Olathe Northwest on Wednesday at Free State. By Jesse Newell
City baseball teams battle-tested entering regional play
May 15, 2013
Coaches like to talk about the importance of using the regular season to set their teams up for the best possible postseason scenario. No baseball team took advantage of that formula better than Free State High (17-3), which plays host to a four-team Class 6A regional today. By Benton Smith
Free State hosting regional baseball, softball, soccer games
May 11, 2013
KSHSAA released Class 6A regional brackets Saturday, and three Free State High spring sports teams will play host to at least one playoff game this coming week.
LHS, FSHS pitchers shine in 10-inning showdown duel
May 10, 2013
Although a few clutch at-bats in extra innings turned out to be the difference during Thursday’s City Showdown won by Lawrence High, 2-1, in 10 innings, at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark, neither LHS or Free State would have reached that point had it not been for the four strong outings on the mound that came before it. By Matt Tait
LHS baseball edges FSHS on bases-loaded, 10th-inning walk
May 10, 2013
As combative as the previous couple of hours of City Showdown baseball had been, Free State High coach Mike Hill and his Lawrence High counterpart Brad Stoll proudly shook hands Thursday night at Hoglund Ballpark. Neither side could feel too bad following a 10-inning battle that Lawrence won, 2-1, on a bases-loaded, full-count, two-out, walk-off walk. By Benton Smith
Free State senior Lee McMahon makes himself at home behind the plate
May 9, 2013
Now a senior, Lee McMahon has caught every inning for Free State High each of the past two seasons and has started since he was a sophomore. By Benton Smith
Free State baseball blanks Lions, 5-0
May 7, 2013
Dane McCullough threw all seven innings in the City Showdown, limited Lawrence High to five hits and only allowed three Lions to reach scoring position in a 5-0 Free State victory that capped an undefeated run through the Sunflower League by the Firebirds.By Benton Smith
Free State seeks baseball perfection
May 5, 2013
Free State High already has secured the Sunflower League baseball championship. Today, the Firebirds could add some wow factor to that achievement by beating rival Lawrence High in the City Showdown — 5 p.m. at FSHS — and finishing undefeated in the league. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Local lefties thriving at next level
May 4, 2013
Three left-handers — Garrett Cleavinger, Cody Kukuk and Albert Minnis —who pitched for high schools in Lawrence are not just surviving, they’re thriving in the early steps on a road they hope leads to their shared dream of a major-league career. Column by Tom Keegan
FSHS baseball splits nonleague twinbill
May 2, 2013
A day after securing the Sunflower League championship, Free State High’s baseball players and coaches denied suffering a letdown Wednesday after splitting a nonleague doubleheader at FSHS. By Benton Smith
FSHS baseball wins Sunflower League title outright at O-North
May 1, 2013
The Free State High baseball team clinched its eighth Sunflower League title with a 5-3 victory over Olathe North on Tuesday night. By Matt Tait