Batter up for the big tournament – Tar Heel baseball bringing entertainment and business boon to Chapel Hill and Carrboro this weekend

Boshamer stadium under Carolina Blue sky. Photo Credits to Jaison Williams.

 SPORTS; COMMUNITY NEWS

By Thomas Hicks
Correspondent

CHAPEL HILLThe Diamond Heels will host the first round of the NCAA Regional baseball tournament starting tomorrow at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill. This means an exciting and entertaining event for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area arrives this weekend, bringing with it an economic boost for local businesses.

No. 1 Carolina boasts a record of 42-12 and will host No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Wofford, and No. 4 Long Island. Carolina will face off against Long Island first on Friday, May 31, at noon, with LSU and Wofford squaring off at 6 p.m. later that day. Games will run until Sunday night and may continue into Monday night if a tiebreaker is necessary.

The game is bound to bring hustle and bustle to Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Residents can expect a lively environment with fans from four different colleges in town for a weekend. Food service businesses and others should anticipate an economic boost from the regional round.

Carolina earned the right to host by being one of the top-16 teams seeded in the NCAA tournament. They earned the 4th overall seed and as a top-four seed they can have automatic rights to host the next round called Super Regionals, if they advance past the opponents they host this upcoming weekend.

If the Heels win this weekend it could mean good things for the town’s revenue. However, it should be expected for there to be an uptick in traffic arising from the weekend’s events June 7-9, if the Tarheels are victorious in this first round of the College World Series playoffs.

The Tar Heels have had an impressive season, winning the ACC Championship in the regular season and sporting projected future top MLB draft pick, outfielder Vance Honeycutt.

Vance Honeycutt, Junior Outfielder, photo courtesy of GoHeels.com

Honeycutt is a Junior outfielder who is a great batter and has notched an impressive 22 home runs on the season. He is a communication studies major from Salisbury, NC, who is known for his big defensive plays in the outfield, where he snags home runs and hits away from opposing offenses.

The Heels had more time than planned to rest after competing in the ACC baseball tournament this previous weekend. On Friday, May 24th, the Heels struck out and were eliminated by Wake Forest. Carolina lost in extra innings after Wake Forest heated up on offense. The Diamond Heels just could not recover.

The Tar Heels look to bounce back and go on a great run to win a national championship. The program has made 11 appearances in the College World Series and has finished as a runner-up twice. They just have not gotten over that last hurdle, but as a top-four seed can be expected to contend after the season they have had this year.

 LET’S PLAY BALL!


Thomas Hicks is a journalist with video, PR, and writing experience who studied at UNC and the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Thomas is always looking for work and the next story! He loves working with his camera or with his pen. This reporter can be contacted at thomasjhicks55@gmail.com, LinkedIn: Thomas Hicks and X: ThomasJ_H

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