Free State softball

Opinion: Firebirds’ window for state softball title not shut
May 24, 2013
The tears flowed, the hugs seemed never-ending, and the pain of bowing out of the Class 6A state softball tournament before they could even get comfortable was just beginning. The only thing that came close to alleviating the pain felt by Free State High’s softball players after Thursday’s crushing 3-2, eight-inning loss to Derby at Blue Valley West High was the immediate talk about making it back to the state tournament again a year from now. Column by Matt Tait
FSHS softball season ends in extra-inning heartbreak at state
May 24, 2013
Free State High’s softball team fell to Derby, 3-2 in eight innings, in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament on Thursday in Overland Park. By Benton Smith
Free State softball confident in championship chances at state
May 23, 2013
The softball players at Free State High know a state championship-caliber team when they see one. The Firebirds went head-to-head with the past two Class 6A title winners, Sunflower League adversaries Olathe East (2012) and Olathe Northwest (2011). Beginning today, Free State will try to earn the league’s third straight 6A crown. By Benton Smith
‘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