To Taylor Motter, Omaha didn’t exist five years ago.
It was his sophomore year, and Coastal Carolina was on the cusp of making its first trip to the College World Series in school history.
The Chanticleers, who went 29-0 in the Big South with a regular season and conference tournament titles, entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 national seed with a 52-7 record.
After making it through the regional round, Coastal Carolina seemed to have the upper hand entering the Super Regionals against a lower-seeded South Carolina team. A trip to Omaha was within their grasp.
But in a two-game sweep in the Myrtle Beach Super Regional, eventual CWS champion South Carolina dashed Coastal Carolina’s hopes of making to the mecca of college baseball.
In that moment, it was easier for Motter and his team to pretend that Omaha simply didn’t exist on a map.
But nearly a month ago, Omaha reemerged in Motter’s life when the Durham Bulls’ utility player was selected to the Triple-A All Star game, played this year in Werner Park — mere 17 miles away from the famed Rosenblatt Stadium that hosted the College World Series through the 2010 season.
“The joke was in our locker room that Omaha didn’t exist, and it wasn’t a real place,” the 25-year-old said. “My first tweet out (after the All-Star announcement) was Omaha does exist or something like that. It feels good that it’s there.”