Fans enjoying Series

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 10:25 PM

As Sunday’s match-up between rivals N.C. State and UNC began to take shape, fans rooted for their teams in venues locally.

Watching the game at Satisfaction in downtown Durham, Duke alum John Ringland said that he was rooting for Carolina to bring home a win.

“I want UNC because they’re the number one seed,” Ringland said. “This is an unusual situation.”

Ringland explained that he’s always been a baseball fan but most recently paid more attention to the collegiate level.

“I was very much surprised when I saw the South Carolina-UNC game. I was really happy to see UNC win to go to the World Series,” he said. “I’ve liked baseball all my life but I’m just recently getting into the particulars of the game.

“I’ve gone to all the local games, the (Durham) Bulls games and all the college teams, Duke games and (N.C.) Central games,” continued Ringland. “It’s really good here in the spring.”

Steve and Maile Henson watched the game at Devine’s and in unison they declared their loyalty to Carolina.

“It’s blue through and through,” Maile Henson said. “Carolina blue.”

The couple used to live in Chapel Hill, and Maile Henson’s graduate studies made her an alumna of the university but it wasn’t until 2005 that they began to follow UNC baseball.

“It was the College World Series that got us,” Steve Henson said. “It was 2005-2006 when UNC made it to the series that we started watching.”

It is possible the Wolfpack and Heels could face each other once again on Thursday.