Thirty minutes after it was all over, faint smiles tried to break through the tears.
The hugs lasted longer than they normally do. Words were not necessary.
The tears, some still lingering despite the smiles, spoke all that needed to be said.
Anderson County's softball season had come to an end. Oldham County, the defending champion and Kentucky's seventh-ranked team, had killed the dream with a 4-2 win in the Eighth Region semifinal on the Lady Bearcats' home field