TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Lincoln High School softball program had all the key pieces to be really special this season. For the Lady Trojans' trio of seniors, it's a year they won't finish but also a year, they won't forget.
Emily Zettle, Emma Alley and Macy Kelley: Three seniors who will never forget their time as Lady Trojans.
"We played every game like it was our last," Zettle said. "We went out pushing and we went out playing better than we have in a really long time."
"We had a really good bond and it was really good playing with each other with that bond, and really knowing each other," said Kelley.
"I drive by the field all the time just to look at it," Alley said. "I went and sat on the field, saying my goodbyes and stuff. It's still hard."
It's hard to say goodbye to a team with so much promise. Lincoln was 10-2 on the year.
"I thought we were going all the way," said Zettle. "I thought we had the team. We were stacked with talent."
"We came out on top," Kelley said. "We were 10-2. We were number one in the District. I thought we had a real good chance."
A chance that Zettle and Kelley get more of in college. Alley will play for Northwest Florida State, while Kelley is headed to St. Johns River.
"It has hit me less that Lincoln is over because I do still get a chance to play in the future," Kelley said. "It does still hurt I won't be wearing a Lincoln uniform anymore."
"I'm glad that it doesn't end here," said Zettle. "I'm glad that I'm still able to go work and do what I love."
For Alley, she's hanging up her cleats, a decision that makes this shortened season even more tough.
"We left spring break thinking 'Oh, hopefully we'll be able to play more,'" Alley said. "'Hopefully we get another finish to our senior season.' Finally getting over that recently. I don't get to play again."
A season cut short for this Trojan trio, but bright futures ahead with a strong foundation to fall back on.
"We were building up for something," Kelley said. "But, sadly we aren't able to continue that."
"Once a Trojan always a Trojan," said Alley.
Alley will head to Tallahassee Community College, where she said she wants to focus on a career close to sports.