MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It was a Chanticleer homecoming at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ games this week, as a former Coastal Carolina University College World Series champion returned to the beach as a member of the Winston-Salem Dash.
Usually during a Pelicans game, fans aren’t cheering opposing players, however Zach Remillard is still loved by the Myrtle Beach community, a place he considers home.
“To come home and be a part of this environment again it brings back old feelings and it’s a part of me forever so I enjoy it,” said Remillard.
In his third season with the Winston-Salem Dash, the New York native continues to thrive off the values instilled with him as a ball player at Coastal Carolina.
“Just kind of growing up and maturing there, it’s shifted the whole course of my life to be honest with you,” said Remillard.
During the course of a 140-game season, June holds a special spot in his mind as this year marks three years since the Chants 2016 College World Series Championship.
“We came in at a good time with a good group and had a lot of opportunity just because of what teams did before us, just to carry on that tradition and continue to grow the school was cool,” said Remillard.
Since graduating, Zach was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox and continues to put in the work, even his former professor keeps tabs on his minor league journey.
“It’s that relationship that started out as student and professor and it will continue even though he’s graduated and moving on chasing his dream,” said CCU professor Frederick Wood.
Throughout that chase, Zach still stays close with the CCU baseball team, and despite struggles throughout the season believes, the team has the talent to make another run in Omaha.
“I think they have a really good group of guys and it’s not about how you start it’s about how you finish,” said Remillard.
As he waits for his moment at the majors, he stays focused on ways to improve and is simply enjoying the journey.
“I just like to stay where I’m at and enjoy the people I’m around and make an impact where I’m at,” said Remillard.
Remillard has shown a lot of improvement each season in the minors, currently batting just over .300 on the season and has hammered 25 homers in his minor-league career.
The Dash will return to Myrtle Beach in August for a three games series, however Remillard could get that call up from the White Sox and have that major league dream become a reality.