Five Orlando area teams are participating in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state softball tournaments this week. Windermere High and Sanford Seminole will face each other for the first time on Friday in a state semifinal. Earlier in the week, Horizon, Eustis, and Montverde Academy will compete in separate tournaments. Seminole recently broke a 12-game losing streak against Lake Brantley, supported by standout performances from Anne Long and Lexi King.

By the Numbers
  • Anne Long struck out 5 batters and went 3-for-3 with 2 home runs, a double, and 4 RBI.
  • Lexi King had 7 strikeouts and allowed 3 hits and 1 walk in 9 innings for Windermere.
Yes, But

Despite their strong performances, Seminole and Windermere are entering the state tournament for the first time, which could pose a challenge against more experienced teams.

State of Play
  • Montverde Academy will face Miami Somerset Academy, a repeat of last year’s semifinals.
  • Horizon, a No. 4 seed, faces defending state champion Parrish Community.
  • Eustis, who won the state title in 2021, will play LaBelle in their Wednesday semifinal match.
What's Next

The state finals are set for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with each classification determining its champion by the weekend.

Bottom Line

The Orlando area schools have shown strong performances leading up to the FHSAA state tournaments, but their relatively inexperienced teams face significant challenges ahead in their quest for state titles.