Florida high school softball's Kissimmee Klassic has turned into a colossal collision course between two budding softball powerhouses. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) and Winter Springs (Fla.) will both grace the 32-team field, which brings together many of Florida's top high school softball teams and will run from April 5-7.
Winter Springs, the tournament's No. 2 seed this year, has defeated top-seeded Palm Beach Gardens in each of the last two seasons in the Kissimmee Klassic, but both years Palm Beach Gardens has responded with victories over Winter Springs in the state tournament.
"I think it's so much fun to play Palm Beach Gardens at the Kissimmee Klassic," said Winter Springs' junior pitcher Elizabeth Birle. "You just want that revenge after losing to them in the state tournament. You want to be like, 'Hey! We can still beat you!’ "
Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.) and Gulliver Prep (Miami), two more teams in ESPNHS's Fab50, will also compete at this year's Klassic. Chamberlain won the tournament in 2000 while Gulliver Prep finished 3rd in both 2009 and 2011.