Hatter fans at persimmon

LOTS OF ENTHUSIASM — A group of Hatters fans gathered inside Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. to watch the first game of the Super Regional tournament June 8.

The Stetson Hatters’ incredible postseason journey came to an end Saturday, as they lost their second best-of-three Super Regional game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA Division I baseball championship.

Playing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the home team fell 7-5 to the Tar Heels on Saturday, after a 7-4 loss against the Tar Heels the day before.

As a result, the North Carolina team will move on to the College World Series in Omaha.

Despite the loss, by any measure, the 2018 Hatters have a lot to be proud of.

For the first time, DeLand was selected to host a regional tournament as part of the NCAA championship. Three games at Melching Field each attracted thousands of roaring fans, both from West Volusia and out of town.

The weekend was a boon for local businesses, with hoteliers happy for the extra room-nights rented during the usually-quiet post-Memorial Day season.

After coming out on top in the DeLand Regional June 1-3, the Hatters made it to their first-ever Super Regional tournament.

The Hatters’ season may have come to an end, but the 2018 season will go down in the record books as unprecedented.