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Coastal Carolina celebrates first Teal Tuesday since CWS win

CCU players said while they may have come in as underdogs to the CWS, the big win did not come as a surprise. (Source: WMBF News) CCU players said while they may have come in as underdogs to the CWS, the big win did not come as a surprise. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal Carolina baseball team's hype is still in full throttle.

The team is still enjoying its glory days and the 10,000 student-school is looking to capitalize on the Chants’ College World Series championship.

It has been almost a week since the CCU baseball team snatched the College World Series title and the players are still the talk of not only the town but the world. 

From a few thousand fans dressed in teal, waving homemade signs, chanting C-C-U at the airport, to the stadium and downtown Conway being shut down for the community to show their support, the story is far from old news.

Social media is still buzzing.

Fans and supporters are still searching for championship shirts. Future college-goers are already announcing their commitment to the school. Not to mention the love Clemson's football team showed or how hundreds called CCU South Carolina's team. 

Also, if you missed Coach Gilmore’s post-game interview in which he got teary-eyed, you can believe he stole the hearts of all the moms watching – who have sons looking for a school to attend.

For students, alumni and fans of CCU, Thursday’s victory still feels like the liberation of a small town. However, one player said he’s still pinching himself to make sure it actually happened. 

"Once we got out there and all the fans that came to support us and the whole city of Omaha, and then actually winning thing it's been a dream,” said CCU senior infielder Tyler Chadwick.

Some say Coastal’s journey to the biggest upset in the CWS was a fairy tale or a Cinderella story, but according Chadwick, the team may have come in as the underdogs, but the big win did not come as a surprise to the now-national-champions.

It was a victory for the so-called "little guys" who didn't get much respect when they qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

"We believed in ourselves, we knew that when we came to play that day we were a good team and no matter what if we played our game we would be fine,” Chadwick said.

"We just trusted the process of what we were going through, it's just baseball at the end of the day, you throw the ball, you got to catch the ball you got to hit, it's a game. The most talented doesn't have to win, it’s the team that plays the best that day,” Chadwick said.

This was a team that never gave up. Coastal had something that can't be measured on any stat sheet or scouting report. 

"The past didn't matter, the future didn't matter, it was all about living in the present and taking it one moment at a time,” Chadwick reflected .

Chadwick said the team’s inspiration came from Coach Gary Gilmore.

"He preached every day: 'stay in the moment and handle what we have to do today.' That leadership and that experience was huge and obviously we wouldn't have been able to do it without him," Chadwick said. "We really are in his heart forever and that's all you can ask as a player to have your coach remember you like that."

CCU’s baseball team won the CWS and former Chanticleer Golfer Dustin Johnson won the U.S Open. These are really exciting times for Coastal Carolina and administrators hope this marketing exposure means more students will want to apply to the growing college.

The Chanticleers proved to not only their hometown but to the world that anything can happen if you play with your heart and trust each other.

Coastal Carolina not only showed that a baseball program from a school outside the power conferences can play with the best, but they can be the best.

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