Zach Seavers visited his grandmother at her Edwardsville home in March, about two weeks before she died.
He leaned into her bed, hugged her goodnight and told her "see you tomorrow at the game."
Others in the bedroom thought the 19-year-old right-handed pitcher was hoping against hope — Marilyn Seavers had stage 4 lung cancer. Radiation treatments and immunotherapy had made her much too weak to leave her house, but did nothing else to change the prognosis.
Still, Zach was determined his grandmother was going to see him pitch wearing a college uniform.
"We were told to get mom in a wheelchair, put her sunglasses on, and place her in front of her sunny bedroom window," said Vicky Richmond, Zach's aunt.
When the blinds went up the following afternoon, Marilyn Seavers was greeted with a pressbox view of her grandson and about a dozen of his gray-and-navy clad teammates from the Lewis and Clark Community College baseball team.