Free State baseball

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
FSHS baseball edges Pioneers
April 16, 2014
Free State used a six-run sixth inning for a 7-5 victory over Leavenworth on Tuesday in a high school baseball game played at William Jewell College.
Firebirds baseball encouraged by early surge in victory
April 11, 2014
The Free State baseball team scored early and often on its way to a 12-2 victory in five innings against Shawnee Mission West, Thursday at FSHS. By Chris Duderstadt
FSHS baseball falls at SMNW
April 9, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team collected nine hits but managed just one run in a 5-1 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday.
FSHS baseball tumbles, 6-5
April 4, 2014
Less than two weeks into their season, Free State High’s baseball players already had rallied for two victories, so the Firebirds weren’t panicking Thursday evening in their Sunflower League opener, even when Shawnee Mission East held a three-run lead in the fifth inning. By Benton Smith
FSHS baseball loses first game
March 30, 2014
The Free State High baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling 9-3 to Nixa High School.
FSHS baseball hammers Ozark
March 29, 2014
An eight-run sixth inning helped propel Free State High to a 15-1 baseball victory against Ozark High School Friday.
Firebirds feeling good as spring seasons get underway
March 26, 2014
The cold air won’t go away but Free State High is fired up to begin its spring sports season. Here is a look at what all of the Firebirds’ programs expect out the upcoming season. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds open with pair of victories
March 22, 2014
It didn’t matter that it was just the first day of the season. Free State High junior Cooper Karlin was ready to be the hero. He walked into the batter’s box with the bases loaded, two outs and his baseball team down by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning. After fouling off several pitches with two strikes, Karlin drilled the ball into the right-center gap for a two-run double that finished a 7-6 comeback victory over Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday afternoon at FSHS. The win completed a sweep in the season-opening doubleheader after the Firebirds won, 10-7, in the first game.
Free State baseball to open today at home
March 21, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team is looking to figure out its identity for the upcoming season after returning just six seniors from its Sunflower League championship team a year ago.
Ex-Firebird Tim Lewis swings way from juco to D-I baseball
July 6, 2013
Tim Lewis was a second-team All-State designated hitter his junior year at Free State High. Since graduating in 2011, he’s played two seasons at Allen County Community College as an outfielder. Next, Lewis hopes to wreak havoc with his bat at the University of Maryland. By Benton Smith
2013 Journal-World All-Area Baseball Team
June 27, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area Baseball Team. By Benton Smith
Remembering Lila: Baseball helps FSHS assistant cope
June 16, 2013
Immersed in grief over the death of his daughter, Lila, Free State High baseball assistant coach Nolan Deitrich found an outlet for his sorrow in the game he grew up playing. By Benton Smith
Heads-up play saves 5-3 Lawrence Raiders victory
June 16, 2013
Lawrence Raiders catcher Lee McMahon helped save a 5-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at Lawrence High by simply paying attention. By Jesse Newell