TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For three years, Lincoln's Caden Slappey donned green and gold for the varsity baseball team.
"With these coaches, these teammates made great friends and great memories," he said of his time as a Trojan.
Lincoln didn't accomplish everything they'd like to this year, but that doesn't mean Slappey's walking away empty-handed.
"As the years have gone by, the amount of time and energy he's put in to hone his craft, he's really flourished the last year and a half," said head coach Mike Gauger. "He's really showed the skill set and ability he has."
An ability that's earned him a scholarship to Enterprise State Community College.
"I've been looking forward to this since freshman year, having a chance to play after these four years," he said.
"It's a relief to see a good high school player that's put the time and energy in is going to be rewarded to play past that," added Gauger.
Time and energy that carries over the classroom, as Slappey has a 4.41 GPA.
"It's tough but you put the work in on and off the field, in and out of the classroom, and good things will happen to you."
Good things that started as a Lincoln Trojan.
"The work we put in out here, the practice, the hours we put in, it's really made me the player I am today," he said.
A player who'll never forget, where it all started. Slappey said he isn't sure what he wants to major in just yet, but he did say he is leaning towards education.