Thanks, DeLand, for your support Editor, The Beacon: To the citizens of DeLand on behalf of Stetson University athletics, thank you for supporting our first-ever NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament. As a former Stetson baseball player and longtime administrator, it was my dream to bring an NCAA tournament to our community. This dream came true a few weeks ago, as DeLand was awarded an NCAA Baseball Regional. The announcement was made as a crowd of Stetson supporters overflowed Persimmon Hollow onto Georgia Avenue during the announcement party. Even though hosting an NCAA Regional was a motivating factor when the City of DeLand, Stetson and the community collaborated to build Melching Field at Conrad Park, none of us could have imagined the palpable excitement that filled the stadium during Stetson’s games.