Members of the Free State baseball team start a dogpile on the mound after winning the state championship in 2006. The Firebirds have two members on the 2008 team - Jordan Dreiling and Hunter Scheib - who played regularly two years ago. Top-seeded Free State will begin its quest for another championship when it takes on crosstown rival Lawrence High at 11 a.m. today at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.
Free State pitcher Scott Heitshusen delivers against Maize. Heitshusen's pitching - and his home run - helped the Firebirds win, 6-5, Saturday in Wichita.
Free State sophomore Hunter Scheib swings at a pitch late in the championship game. Scheib smacked the ball for a triple and FSHS won the class 6A championship against Maize High School Saturday in Wichita.
Free State senior Brett LIsher rounds third and celebrates a home run with head coach Mike Hill. Lisher's solo shot put the Firebirds ahead 6-5 and gave them the victory in the class 6A state championship against the Maize Eagles.
Free State seniors Brett Lisher, left, and Lorenzo Ricketts embrace in celebration of winning the state championship. The Firebirds defeated the Maize Eagles 6-5 Saturday at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Free State senior Lorenzo Ricketts celebrates the class 6A championship. The Firebirds defeated the Maize Eagles 6-5 Saturday at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Free State sophomore Hunter Scheib slides safely into third base for a triple. The Firebirds defeated the Maize Eagles 6-5 for the class 6A state championship Saturday in Wichita.