Even though Lake Nona is only a second-year school, softball coach Julie Bouton not only thought the Lions would reach the state playoffs, she expected it.
“I knew they could do it,” said Bouton, who was an assistant coach in the Lions’ initial season. “Initially, that was my goal. The girls, honestly at the beginning of the season, didn’t believe it. They were like, ‘Coach, didn’t you see our record last year?’ ”
Lake Nona’s record last season was 5-18. The team only had three or four players who had any softball playing experience. But. Bouton also saw how the team progressed a year ago and knew that this year’s team had some potential.
It has lived up to that potential.
Lake Nona (13-13), which won the Class 3A, District 7 championship with a 10-9 victory over Lake Highland Prep, will host Melbourne Holy Trinity at 4 p.m. Tuesday in one of five region quarterfinal playoff games involving Central Florida teams.