TAMPA, Fla. -- The state finals are a familiar place for Chamberlain head coach Bob Diez and for his softball team. It's a goal they've been working toward since August.
"I have some kids who hit the ball very well. I have a pitcher that keeps us in every game and our defense is excellent, so it's a very good softball team," said Diez.
In his 22 years coaching the Chiefs, Diez will make his seventh trip to the state finals, but he insists his team isn't playing for him. They're playing for the Chamberlain program.
"The program is definitely prestigious and it's something that you live for. Once you're a Chief on the softball team, you're a Chief for life," said Senior Ellen Scott.
"People here are very passionate about the game of softball, and they take it very seriously here, so we have to live up to everyone's expectations and try to achieve the highest achievement that we can," said Senior Bianca Bell.
The Chamberlain Chiefs (25-5) will face Cooper City on Friday in the 7A State Semifinals.