The gesture was relatively small. The meaning was deep and impactful.
During a pre-game ceremony on Thursday afternoon, the Lincoln-Way Central baseball family presented a framed No. 19 jersey to the parents of late-Knight standout Tommy Schuman.
He died unexpectedly March 31—but remains forever a part of the Knights' coat of arms.
His parents, Dan and Lynn Schuman, were on hand to accept the framed jersey and root for the Knights to carry on despite the tragic loss.
"Tommy Schuman was a huge part of our program, of our school," Lincoln-Way Central coach Sean Bieterman said. "We miss him every day. He's a part of the Lincoln-Way Central baseball family. It's tough every day. He's not here.
"We love that kid. We love that family. And we wanted to do something special today to let them know that."
David Rico singled and drove in the winning run for the Knights in the bottom of the 10th with a sacrifice fly.
"Yeah, that was tough," he said of the emotion surrounding the Senior Day activities. "It's hard to see one of your teammates go down like that. But we did what could—we wanted to give that jersey to his parents."