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.
When the blinds went up the following afternoon, Marilyn Seavers was greeted with a press box view of her grandson and about a dozen of his gray-and-navy clad teammates, from the Lewis and Clark College baseball team. They had improvised a diamond in her backyard and were in formation for pregame introductions.