Fans talk about community surrounding ECU’s baseball team

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – For some, it’s a community like no other.

“We went to school here like ‘68/’69, and we left and came back. We’ve been season-ticket holders for 35 years or something like that,” said ECU baseball fan Tony Capillary.

The ECU baseball fandom spans generations, with families cheering on Pirate Nation Monday.

“My grandfather actually started “The Jungle,” and he’s been coming out here since the ‘70s. I’ve been coming out here since I was born, and it’s just a tradition,” said Cole Martin, another ECU Baseball fan.

The outcome of Monday’s game determined whether their season would come to an end or continue to the super regional tournament.

“The hitters have really come to play the last couple of games. It’s what we needed. It looks like we’re gonna go to Knoxville,” said Capillary.

Unfortunately, after a battle against the Purple Aces, ECU was defeated by Evansville, with the final score of Evansville 6 and ECU 5.

“I’ve been here since Friday, and I can only imagine how tired those players are,” said Len Dameron, another fan.

Fans were quiet and a little disappointed as they left Clark-LeClair Stadium for the final time this season.

“These guys laid their hearts out on the field; it just didn’t go our way today,” said Dameron.

But win or lose, Pirate Nation baseball fans continue to come out game after game to show their support.

“It is so special. We are seeing like the third and fourth generations of kids out there, and that is so special,” said Beth Capillary.