Monica Holland Assistant sports editor @MonicaHolland1

Airman 1st Class Kelsey Adams, wearing her U.S. Air Force combat uniform, wiggled her way between guests toward the table where her younger sister Lindsey sat during last Wednesday’s National Signing Day ceremony at Jack Britt High School.

Once spotted, Kelsey braced for the kind of hug you get from someone who loves you and hasn’t seen you in a long time and didn’t know you were coming.

There was laughter and squeezing and swaying, and then Lindsey said, “You look terrible!”

Kelsey’s grin got bigger.

She came all the way from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to see her sister sign a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Nyack College in New York.

And Lindsey was clearly thrilled to see her big sister, even if she wouldn’t say so.

“I did not expect that. We’ve been trying to get her to come for a while, so I was very surprised,” she said.

Lindsey was part of a six-person signing class for the Buccaneers, joining Barry Elliott, Kassady Hardee, Madison O’Neill, Rayven Shepard and Preston Wise.

Shepard and Hardee have been patrolling ballfields together since they were 4 years old.

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