Just 13 months older than Nate, Ashley grew up playing baseball with Nate at St. Joseph Park in Joliet, with their father Charles Searing coaching them. Nate also played soccer at the Joliet Park District, basketball at through the Greater Joliet Area YMCA and football with the Joliet Raiders.
Ashley said their love for sports bonded them.
“He was my best friend,” Ashley said.
Nate’s obituary said he was also part of the first Victory baseball team out of Joliet and that he played sports at St. Mary Nativity in Joliet and varsity baseball at Joliet Catholic Academy.
He earned All Area Conference Team his junior and senior years. During his junior year, Nate he tossed a 1.10 ERA off the mound and an ERA of 1.34 in his senior year, his obituary said.
By kindergarten Nate already knew he wanted to play for the Chicago Cubs one day, and he attended many Cubs games with his father, Nate’s obituary said.
He also listened to those games on the radio – and watched them on television – at the Joliet home of his parents, Charles and Marianne, his obituary also said.
Nate was close to his younger sister Hailey Searing, 22.
“He really took Hailey under his wing and protected her,” Ashley said.
A portrait of Ashley (right) her younger sister Hailey (center) and Nate (left) hangs on the wall on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Ashley’s home in Joliet, Ill.