Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Kill Devil Hills, NC
We regret to inform you that tonight’s game between the Outer Banks Daredevils and the Little Creek Stars has been cancelled due to heavy rains in the Outer Banks today.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (June 11) – It may have been two weeks since the Outer Banks Daredevils (6-1) faced the Tidewater Drillers (4-2), when the Daredevils dropped the opening game of the season against the Drillers 4-1.
However, Wednesday proved to be a different day, as the Daredevils won their sixth-straight game over Tidewater in convincing fashion by a score of 7-2.
When the Daredevils scored at First Flight Field Wednesday evening, it was in bunches. The Daredevils put a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings, while scoring three more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Daredevils allowed the Drillers to score two runs in the seventh frame, but that was all the closer Tidewater would get.
Outer Banks was paced by another strong pitching performance by James Walsh. Walsh threw a spotless five innings, striking out eight while allow four hits and two walks. It was Walsh’s second win on the season, and has not allowed a run since giving up two to the same Tidewater Drillers back on May 26.
On offense, the Daredevils were once again led by leadoff man Josh Wyatt. Wyatt drove in three runs, which included a two-run triple to left center to bring home a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Wyatt leads the team in RBIs with 10. Xavier Barrier and Chris Childress were the other two Daredevils to collect two hits on the evening.
Most important, the win proved to have a big impact on the standings early on in the season. Heading into Wednesday’s contest, the Daredevils were atop of the Tidewater Summer League by a half game over Tidewater.
The Daredevils finish off their schedule for the week Thursday when they play host to the Little Creek Stars. Cancer Awareness Night sponsored by OBX Chevrolet and Buick gets underway when the gates open at 6 p.m., and continue with a special pre-game mini-concert performed by Johnny Waters and Company. The band will be on hand to also sing the National Anthem, with the first pitch set for 7:05.
Daredevils win streak put on hold
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (June 10) — After winning their fifth-straight contest Monday, the Outer Banks Daredevils (5-1) will have to put their win streak on hold as Tuesday’s Tidewater Summer League Contest against the Greenbrier Knights has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. Last nights and this mornings rain has left the field unplayable. We regret to announce this cancellation. No makeup date at this time has been announced.
The Daredevils return to action Wednesday when they face the Tidewater Drillers at First Flight Field. Interfaith Community Outreach Appreciation Night at the ballpark will begin when the gates open at 6 p.m., and the first pitch to follow at 7:05.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (June 9) – In a back-and-forth game at First Flight Field Monday, the Outer Banks Daredevils (5-1) picked up a 9-8 win over the Virginia Warriors to extend their win streak to five games. It was Dare Education Foundation Appreciation Night, and DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Piff was on hand to throw out our first pitch.
The visiting Warriors got on the board first with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning, followed by another run in the third frame. The Daredevils returned the favor in the third and fourth innings with runs of their own. Virginia picked up another run in the sixth, while the Daredevils evened things up at three with a run of their own in the seventh inning.
The eighth inning of Monday’s game was by far the most action-packed. Virginia scored four runs in the top half of the frame off two runs and an error. Going into the bottom half of the inning, things looked bleak for the Daredevils.
However, that was not the case. The leadoff batter Josh Wyatt reached base on a walk, while Brett Johnson hit a single up the right side and Corey Ballard drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Xavier Barrier also drew a walk to bring in a run. Tyler Franko and Graham Barnes each followed with singles to bring in a few more runs, and Dylan Harvey drove in Franko for the go-ahead run with a double to right-center field.
Kyle Spruill, who came on to relieve Wes Carmichael in the eighth inning with two outs, picked up the win, after allowing a runner to reach third base with one out. Spruill stuck out the next two batters to finish off the Warriors.
In total, six Daredevils collected RBIs, while Harvey and Franko had two each. The Daredevils also collected 10 hits while stranding five runners.
The Daredevils put their five-game win streak on the line Tuesday when they host the Greenbrier Knights on Dare CASA Appreciation Night. The gates open at 6 p.m., with a pre game mini concert by the Sea Notes Barber Shop Quartet at 6:20. The Sea Notes will also be singing the National Anthem, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (June 8) – Former Outer Banks Daredevil Micheal Thomas, a redshirt senior at the University of Kentucky, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 22nd round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
Thomas, who was selected No. 670 overall, played for the Daredevils in 2011. The catcher appeared in 37 games, starting 34 of them, while hitting .248. Thomas also drove in 17 runs.
In addition to playing in the Coastal Plain League, the Elizabethtown, Ky. native went on to play in the prestigious New England Collegiate and Alaskan Collegiate Baseball Summer Leagues.
This past season at Kentucky, Thomas started 57 of the Wildcats’ 62 games behind the plate. Thomas also hit .315, drove in 45 runs and belted eight homers, which led all catchers in the Southeastern Conference.
Daredevils win fourth-straight game
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (June 4) – The Outer Banks Daredevils (4-1) continued their winning ways Wednesday by picking up a 4-3 win over the Greenbrier Knights (1-1) at First Flight Field.
The Knights started the scoring in the second inning, but the Daredevils returned the favor in the bottom of the third inning with two runs of their own. Greenbrier battled back to put up runs in the fifth and the sixth innings, respectively. However, the Daredevils had a pair of runs cross the plate in the fifth inning to secure the lead.
The Daredevils used six different pitchers to get the job done. Starting pitcher Parker Kelly went four innings, allowing three hits and an earned run while striking out four. Harry Ferguson, who was scheduled to start the game, came in to pitch a spotless ninth inning to pick up the save.
Josh Wyatt and Justin Lee each picked up RBIs for the Daredevils, while Devin Daniels, Tyler Franko and Chris Childress all scored runs. Outer Banks finished the game with six hits.
The Daredevils return the action Thursday when they face the Tidewater Drillers. It will be Local Heroes Appreciation Night at the ballpark, where all local first responders will be recognized before the game. Also, Jonny Waters & Co. will be performing a special pre game mini concert beginning at 6:20pm and Skydive OBX will be parachuting into the ballpark with our game ball. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the first pitch following at 7:05.
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