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Elizabeth Collin's softball team honors missing cousins

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

The outpouring of support for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook continued Wednesday night. Hundreds of families gathered at Deerwood Park in Evansdale, where Elizabeth's softball team received trophies for a first place finish in their league.

It was a celebratory mood, but they all knew someone is special is not standing with them.

"Elizabeth was a really nice friend. She was nice to me," said teammate Jacie Lang.

"I hope they find her and she's alright and hope she's really safe," said teammate Deann Wyant.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence, honoring both Elizabeth and Lyric.

The last time the girls and coaches saw Elizabeth was on the same field, the night before she and Lyric went missing.

"We had just been with her until 9:00 Thursday night. So to find out she was gone that fast, it was hard," said assistant coach Sarah Lang.

It was difficult to accept awards, knowing Elizabeth was not here with them. But their coach, Ryan Keigan, is hoping his team will look back upon this night with good memories.

"We want to keep it uplifting. Keep the good spirit and the good sportsmanship. Keep our hopes up and our beliefs up," said Keigan.

The team, and the community, believes whoever has the girls will return them home, and return them home safe. God willing, Elizabeth will be back with her team next year.

"I just hope she's okay and not hurt and I hope they find her," said Wyant.

The Evansdale Youth Softball League also honored Lindsay Nichols, who was killed this spring, Kelsey Lee, a 20 year-old who died of cancer in February, and Dylan Huntbach -- also 20 years old. Huntbach was injured while tubing with friends earlier this month. All three once played softball at Deerwood Park.

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