IRVINE — Coming into the 2011 season, it was hard to imagine La Cañada High's softball team not winning a CIF Southern Section Division V championship.
The Spartans had made it to the semifinals in 2010, and 2011 marked Lauren O'Leary and Anna Edwards’ last high school season after being pillars for La Cañada for four years.
“I felt that we had a very solid club with so much experience,” Spartans’ Coach KC Mathews said. “I liked my chances.”
With a great deal of confidence, La Cañada had played cool, calm and collected all season, and nothing changed in Friday's CIF Southern Section Division V championship game against Beaumount at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.
La Cañada was so confident coming into the game that there was even some sparkling apple cider tucked away on the Spartans’ team bus if the game turned out in their favor.