Unfinished business. That’s the motto of this year’s Winter Springs Softball team and a program that has won 29 consecutive games.

Thursday afternoon, Winter Springs Softball travels to Vero Beach to take on Oakleaf High Schoolin the state semifinals.

“Our coach, Coach [Mark] Huaman, came up with that motto because we are always looked passed,” said senior Aynslie Furbush.

“Nobody ever thought we would make it this far, but we have proved people wrong this year.”

The Lady Bears made it to the final four in 2010, but haven’t been back since. However, Furbush has been at the forefront of their success in 2019.

An Ole Miss signee, Furbush threw five scoreless innings and notched eight strikeouts in the teams 13-0 thumping of Wellington in the regional final. 

“It’s actually amazing knowing my team puts their faith in me when I am out there in the circle,” she said.

“To know they believe in me so much, I love them for that. I also know I couldn’t do this without them.”

A difficult but familiar opponent

When Winter Springs take on nationally ranked Oakleaf High, Furbush will have some insight into the opponent. She played with most of the Oakleaf Knights this past summer on their travel team, the Jacksonville Storm.

“It will be different to play against them instead of with them,” she explained. “It helps to know them, but it’s all about how they come out and play that day because anything can happen.

“Our key to the game is one pitch, one out, one inning at a time, and taking it all is as is comes at us.”

If Winter Springs defeats Oakleaf, they will face the winner of Cooper City and Lakewood Ranch on Friday afternoon for the 9A state championship.

Lakewood Ranch boasts an identical 29-0 record as the Lady Bears and is currently ranked second in the country according to Max Preps.