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Free State baseball

Flyin’ high: Free State baseball wins City Showdown in extras
May 15, 2014
A walk-off single and victory on the mound were the last things Free State High junior Casey Hearnen expected to deliver while going through pregame for Wednesday night’s baseball City Showdown at FSHS. By Matt Tait
Baseball, softball City Showdowns rained out
May 13, 2014
A combination of rain and wind on Monday forced Lawrence High and Free State to postpone the baseball and softball City Showdowns.
FSHS baseball beats SMS, 9-5
May 9, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team scored early and often in a 9-5 victory against Shawnee Mission South, Thursday.
Highlight plays not enough for Firebirds baseball in loss
May 7, 2014
Free State High baseball seniors Tyler Walmsley, Zach Bickling and Ryan Cantrell jammed a week’s worth of highlights into the final two innings of Tuesday evening’s home baseball game, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Firebirds to prevail. Olathe North defeated Free State, 7-6, in eight innings after the Firebirds’ five-run, two-out rally in the seventh forced the extra inning. By Tom Keegan
High schools notebook: Infield leading Lions softball
May 6, 2014
Lawrence High softball coach Joe Dee Tarbutton raved about his infielders before the season. They’ve lived up to the billing. With junior Morgan Byrn at third, sophomore Sophie Taylor at short, senior Marly Carmona at second and senior Kristen Gile at first, the infield has been one of the best in the Sunflower League at the plate and in the field. Notes by Bobby Nightengale
FSHS baseball trips BVN
May 4, 2014
Jacob Pavlyak hit a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning, and Ryan Cantrell and Casey Hearnen combined on a six-hitter as Free State defeated Blue Valley North, 3-1, on Saturday in high school baseball.
FSHS baseball falls short in 4-3 loss
May 3, 2014
Free State High’s seventh-inning rally fell short in a 4-3 high school baseball loss to Olathe South on Friday.
FSHS baseball falls to ONW
May 2, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team overcame one early error and forced extra innings Thursday at Olathe Northwest, but more miscues late cost the Firebirds in a 5-4, nine-inning loss.
Tuesday city prep sports postponed
April 30, 2014
A steady stream of rain Tuesday forced many Lawrence High and Free State teams to postpone games.
Firebirds come through with clutch runs in River City finale
April 27, 2014
It was only a few days ago when Free State High’s baseball team couldn’t get a clutch hit and stranded tons of runners on base. That seemed like ancient history on Saturday afternoon at the River City Baseball Festival. The Firebirds only had four hits, all doubles, but they made each of them count. After drawing 10 walks, FSHS kept clearing the bases in a 8-3 win over Branson, Mo., at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS bats come alive in 12-2 win
April 26, 2014
Free State High senior Zach Bickling and junior Casey Hearnen combined to drive in seven runs on three hits and help the Firebirds cruise in a 12-2 River City Baseball Festival victory over Bishop Miege at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds’ offense falls short in River City Baseball Festival opener
April 25, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team had plenty of opportunities to score runs throughout its game against Raymore-Peculiar, Mo., on Thursday night, but couldn’t push many runs across the plate. Raymore-Peculiar didn’t have as many chances but cashed in at the right time. By Bobby Nightengale
River City Baseball Festival field loaded
April 24, 2014
For high school baseball teams looking to simulate the state tournament, there’s no better test than the River City Baseball Festival, which begins at 11:15 a.m. today. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds baseball jumps league leaders early in 10-1 win
April 22, 2014
For six games this spring, no Sunflower League baseball team had figured out a way to defeat high-scoring Olathe East High. When Free State capitalized early on a couple of O-East errors Monday evening, however, Firebirds senior pitcher Ryan Stagg had all the room he needed to keep the Hawks off balance, and FSHS flipped the script on the league’s first-place team, winning 10-1.
FSHS baseball escapes with win against SMN
April 18, 2014
Shortstop Cooper Karlin may be the shortest player on Free State High’s baseball team, but he’s come up big in clutch situations throughout the season. Karlin delivered a one-out walkoff single in the eighth inning to give the Firebirds a 1-0 victory over Shawnee Mission North on Thursday night at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale