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Free State softball

‘Killer B’s’ fit in at FSHS
Free State softball welcoming to newbies Bermel, Byers
May 22, 2013
As newcomers to Free State High’s softball program this season, sophomore Emily Bermel and freshman Emily Byers didn’t quite know what to expect from the strangers they would be calling their teammates. By Benton Smith
Free State softball draws Derby first
May 20, 2013
The brackets are all set for the Class 6A state softball tournament, and Free State High will play the final game of the first round Thursday at Blue Valley West, in Overland Park.
Free State softball rolls into state
May 16, 2013
Free State beat Olathe Northwest, 4-0, to earn its first trip to state since 2007. By Benton Smith
FSHS softball wary of regional foe; Lions finally healthy
May 15, 2013
As the regional playoff host with the gaudy regular-season record, it might be easy to assume Free State High’s 17-3 softball team is the heavy favorite to win two games today at home and move on to the Class 6A state tournament. 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.
A 1-2 punch: Top of the order keys Free State softball victory
May 9, 2013
Free State’s first two batters reached base in seven of their eight combined plate appearances Wednesday night at Lawrence High, and the Firebirds won the City Showdown, 7-4.
FSHS softball pulls away from LHS
May 7, 2013
Remington Samuels hit a three-run triple to turn a close game into a Free State runaway, an eventual 12-5 FSHS victory in the softball City Showdown. By Matt Tait
FSHS softball eyes seeding
Lawrence would like to become third team to down Firebirds
May 5, 2013
It’s hard to say what is motivating Free State High’s softball players most today as they host Lawrence High for the City Showdown. By Benton Smith
Firebirds back on track: FSHS softball sweeps, hands SM East its first league loss
May 2, 2013
Swept by one undefeated-in-league team a day earlier, Free State High returned the favor to another on Wednesday. By Matt Tait
Olathe East sweeps Free State softball doubleheader
May 1, 2013
Before Tuesday, Free State High’s softball team hadn’t lost a Sunflower League game, been swept in a doubleheader or fell victim to a run-rule loss this season. Olathe East junior pitcher Allison Stewart and her Hawks teammates changed all of that at Olathe District Activity Center, where the Firebirds fell a game behind O-East in the chase for a league title with a 7-1 loss in the opener, followed by a 12-2, five-inning setback in the nightcap. By Benton Smith
FSHS softball dominates Olathe North for 10th straight win
April 28, 2013
An early deficit and the absence of a top player couldn’t stop Free State High’s softball team from continuing its midseason dominance. By Jesse Newell
FSHS softball learned from lone loss
April 27, 2013
It’s not easy now to determine when it happened — it’s rare that a group of teammates simultaneously has an epiphany — but sometime in early April, Free State High’s softball players began to realize they might be building something special this spring. By Benton Smith
Free State softball sweeps SM West, runs winning streak to nine
April 26, 2013
Emily Byers spanked a solo home run over the center-field wall at Free State, inciting a nine-run inning and an easy, 14-0, five-inning victory to open the doubleheader. Free State swept with an 8-2 victory in Game 2. By Benton Smith
FSHS softball wins two at SMNW
April 25, 2013
Free State High’s softball team defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest twice in eight innings Wednesday, 6-3 and 6-4.
Free State softball closes out 6-4 victory over Olathe NW
April 17, 2013
Throughout the first few weeks of the season, Free State’s softball players often have discussed the importance of closing out games once they build a lead. Tuesday against Olathe Northwest, at Lawrence High, the Firebirds did everything necessary to pick up their fifth straight win, 6-4, even after the Ravens put a three-run dent in the Firebirds’ lead in the sixth. By Benton Smith