HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Thomas Sikkema sat in the dugout, trying to cheer for his teammates, trying to give them hope, but the pain was unbearable. His vision was blurry and his head was throbbing with pain.
The tumor in his brain was growing.
"I couldn't take it anymore," said Sikkema, a junior at Hudsonville High School, the defending Division 1 state baseball champions. "The pain was 100 times worse than a migraine. Behind my eyes, it starts aching. Horrible. Horrible."
It was Saturday afternoon and Hudsonville was tied, 4-4, against Jenison in the district championship at Zeeland East.
Tired and weak, Sikkema had to leave. He gathered his teammates outside the dugout to say good-bye.