MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Madison County softball team had seven seniors this year. Two get the chance to play in college.
Abi Annett will play at North Florida, while Brittany Hasty will play basketball and softball at Ohio Valley. But both will forever remember their time as Cowgirls.
Two high school careers with so much more to accomplish.
"It's a shame that it got but short, because I really think it could have been a great year for us," said Annett.
"It's a little frustrating, honestly," Hasty said. "It's a little complicated."
A frustrating finish, but both Abi Annett and Brittany Hasty can't help but be optimistic about the future.
Annett will play Division I softball for the University of North Florida.
"To get to play at that level is just incredible," Annett said.
She leaves her senior year with five home runs and 16 RBI in just nine games. Although it didn't end the way she wanted, Annett is just thankful for the time she did get.
"It's really taught me how valuable every game is, every inning, every pitch," said Annett. "It's supposed to be a year about you, you're finally the leader, you're finally the top dog, and it kind of got taken away from us."
Hasty is a two sport athlete for the Cowgirls. She loves softball, but basketball will always have her heart.
"Winning District Champs, then Regional Champs, then making it to State," said Hasty.
The Cowgirls made it to the State Final Four, where they fell short, but Hasty gets to continue hooping in college, and playing softball. She'll play both sports at Ohio Valley University.
"I'm so happy," Hasty said. "I've always wanted to do this since I was little. I'm so excited. Just from high school, I know it's sad and everything and I was upset over it, but I get to look forward to playing with a whole other team in growing with a sport that I love."
Futures that are bright for both Hasty and Annett. Futures that will be a little bit stronger because of the present.
"It's definitely taken a part in history," said Hasty. "So when I go back and tell my children, 'Hey back in history, 2020 when I graduated, the coronavirus was a big impact!'"
"High school has taught me the game is fun, you're not supposed to take yourself too seriously," Annett said. "It's more than about the game. It's the people and the atmosphere you get to be in."
An atmosphere cut short, but one they'll remember forever.
Both Hasty and Annett will graduate from Madison County with Associate of Arts degrees.
Congrats to both of you, and good luck in the future!