DC Everest baseball players know what heartbreak is like.
Last year, the Evergreens fell one win shy of making it to the state tournament and for two players, the disappointment did not end there.
Josh Nielson and Zach Finnegan consider themselves best friends. They've been through a lot together.
"It's added up to four sectional final losses that I have experienced through my high school career so I've experienced winning obviously but I've also experienced that heart break of not making it one step farther," Finnegan, a senior pitcher/right fielder said.
Last season, DC Everest lost to Bayport by one run in the sectional final. Nielson pitched a game he says he'll never forget.
"Giving up only two hits to Bayport, a team that made it all the way to the state finals, was something I'll remember," Nielson said.
"It's just a memory. I try not to think about it much but it was a great game."
Then last month, both players fell one win shy of making state again. This time on the basketball court in a sectional final loss to Oshkosh North. Nielson says having Finnegan around helped ease the pain of defeat.
"It's been nice to have someone there to hang out with and have the same experiences against Oshkosh North," Nielson said.
Now in their final season as high school athletes, Nielson, Finnegan and the rest of the seniors look to put their disappointment behind them.
And get to the state tournament on the diamond.
"A day or two after Oshkosh North, I got over that and decided, alright let's move on to next season. Let's get excited and see what happens now," Nielson said.
Finnegan added: "My goal this year is to make it one step farther and I feel like we have a really good chance."
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