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DAREDEVILS NAME JASON HOWELL TEAM PRESIDENT

Jason Howell, University of North Carolina, Assistant Baseball Coach

The Outer Banks Daredevils are excited to announce that Jason Howell has been named Team President. Jason will be working with our front office team during the 2023 season, assisting in various aspects of our operations and helping to guide our organization into the future.

Coach Howell brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and a true passion for the game to our organization. His commitment to professionalism and to ensuring that the highest level of community based summer baseball thrives in the Outer Banks makes Jason the perfect leader for the club as we relaunch operations following a few years of our pandemic related suspension of operations.

Jason and Meredith’s family are generational property owners here in the Outer Banks and they have enjoyed being a part of our community during the summer months and look forward to becoming more involved in the years to come. The Daredevils are excited to have Jason and Meredith joining the team and are looking forward to working with them as the boys of summer will once again take the field here in the Outer Banks.

Coach Howell is currently serving as an assistant coach with the University of North Carolina baseball team, where he played his collegiate baseball, and is now a valuable member of their coaching staff. Below is his bio taken from the UNC baseball website:

Jason Howell re-joined the Carolina Baseball staff on in the fall of 2020 and is involved in all aspects of the program and is responsible for on-campus recruiting efforts as well as assisting coach Jesse Wierzbicki with Carolina’s analytics team.

“I have known Jason since coaching him in the summer of 1999 in the Coastal Plain League where he pitched and played first base for me with the Wilmington Sharks.  Jason brings 14 years of Division I coaching experience as well as experience in professional baseball,” Forbes said.” 

“Jason has recruited and coached at the highest level and we are lucky to have him return to UNC.  He was well respected as a player at UNC and was known for his work ethic and team first attitude.  Jason is a great friend and I am thankful to be able to work alongside him.”

Howell returned to Carolina after serving as the Area Scouting Supervisor of the Mid Atlantic Region (N.C., Va., D.C., Md. and Del.) for the Chicago White Sox organization. Prior to his time with the White Sox, Howell spent seven seasons at Georgia Tech, where he led the pitching staff and served as the recruiting coordinator during the 2018-19 seasons.

“I am very excited to be back at UNC and on the field working both side of the baseball with Coach Forbes, Coach Gaines and Coach Wierzbicki,” said Howell. “The University of North Carolina along with all of its support staff is a very special place and holds a lot of memories for me and my family. The opportunity to return and be a part of this program and community is a return home.”

While at Georgia Tech, Howell was a part of six Top-25 recruiting classes, which included Top-10 rankings in three of the six seasons and the fifth ranked class in 2019. Additionally, in 2019, the Yellow Jackets won the ACC Coastal Division and began the NCAA Tournament as the third overall seed.

Howell’s pitchers routinely ranked among the best in the ACC. His staffs in 2018 and 2019 led the ACC in walks per nine innings while his 2018 squad paced the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Howell coached 11 All-Americans, 34 All-Conference selections and nearly two dozen MLB during his time in Atlanta.

Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, Howell spent the 2008-12 seasons at UNCW, where the Seahawks won three CAA Conference Championships, two CAA Tournament Championships, and participated in two NCAA Regionals. As pitching coach, Howell led was part of a staff that coached the Seahawks to the CAA record for wins and conference wins while he also mentored seven All-Americans, 35 All-Conference selections and 15 MLB draft picks.

A 2002 graduate of North Carolina, Howell spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, coaching first base while working with the pitching staff under the direction of Forbes.

The Tar Heels reached the championship series of the NCAA College World Series in 2006 and 2007 – both of Howell’s years in Chapel Hill. In 2006, the club finished 54-15 overall and captured four CWS wins over Cal State Fullerton, twice, Clemson and Oregon State and saw two first round draft picks.

The 2007 staff fashioned a 3.52 earned run average, ranking 12th nationally, and featured three MLB draft picks. The team made a College World Series run after beating South Carolina in the Chapel Hill NCAA Super Regional. The team captured CWS wins over Mississippi State, Louisville and Rice, twice, and finished with a 57-16 overall record.

Prior to joining the UNC coaching staff, Howell began his coaching career as a pitching coach for the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes League, a summer collegiate league, in 2005.

Before getting into coaching, Howell was a member of the Boston Red Sox farm system for five seasons before retiring from professional baseball in 2005. He compiled a 28-14 mark, collected 23 saves and recorded a 3.86 ERA with the Red Sox. In 2002, he paced Boston’s minor league circuit with 17 saves for Augusta and later topped the organization in 2003 when he made 48 appearances for Sarasota of the Florida State League.

He played three seasons at Appalachian State before concluding his collegiate career at UNC, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002. He also graduated from UNC in 2008 with a master’s degree.

In 2001, he earned second-team all-ACC honors after both pitching and playing in the field for the Tar Heels. On the mound, Howell went 6-2 with four saves and was also second on the team with a .350 batting average with 13 doubles and 29 runs batted in. For his efforts, Howell earned the S.H. Basnight Award as the Tar Heels’ Most Valuable Pitcher.

Coach Howell is married to the former Meredith White. The couple has three children: Lena, Lillian and Hunt.

The Daredevils are also excited to announce that Meredith Howell has been named Vice President and will be joining Jason in the front office as the Daredevils begin this new chapter in their 20 plus year history. In addition to rearing their three children, Meredith is a successful real estate agent and her talents and love of the Outer Banks will be an asset to our organization and we are very excited to have Meredith Howell joining us.

Please join us in welcoming Jason and Meredith Howell to the Daredevils family.

DAREDEVILS TO RETURN FOR 2023 SEASON

The Outer Banks Daredevils are excited to announce their plans to bring the boys of summer back to the Outer Banks for the 2023 season. The Daredevils will be competing in the Premier Collegiate League, along with their old CPL rival Edenton Steamers and former TSL rival Greenbrier Knights. Other PCL teams include the Tarboro River Bandits, Norfolk Redbirds and Virginia Beach Sea Dogs.

The 2023 season will run from June 1, 2023 through August 5, 2023, with the Daredevils playing a 42 game schedule. Top collegiate players from around the country will be joining us here in the Outer Banks to help our home team, the Daredevils, compete for another championship. More information about the upcoming season and other exciting news will be announced in the coming days.

Daredevils wrap up the 2019 season

July 15, 2019 – Virginia Beach, VA

Photo by Richard L Miller Photography.

The 2019 season was another exciting year of great collegiate summer baseball, and the Daredevils took the field each day with enthusiasm and a professional work ethic, leaving everything on the field each game. We finished the regular season in the top four of the 2019 standings, but were eliminated in the third game of the post season tournament. We are proud of our players, and the effort they gave us throughout the summer, and all in all we had another great summer. We also want to say thank you to our great sponsors, the team behind the team, who have continued to support us year after year, THANK YOU!

We once again watched as one of our former player’s heard their name called in the Major League Baseball Draft. Evan Voliva, ECU & Outer Banks Daredevils, was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round. Congratulations Evan Voliva.

The Outer Banks Daredevils were once again blessed to have had an outstanding group of young men join us for our summer season. Despite playing our games in Va Beach for the second year in a row, our players were still able to come down to the OBX and participate in community events with some of our great local partner organizations such as Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse (Dare CASA).

Plans are being made to bring the Daredevils back to the Outer Banks for the 2020 season, and we hope that all of our fans, host families and sponsors will join us in our efforts. We look forward to hearing the crack of the bat; the smack of the ball hitting the mitt; the smell of the popcorn popping; the sounds of kids running around chasing down foul balls; seeing families, with kids young and old,  enjoying our beautiful summer nights here in the OBX at the ballpark, together, cheering on our home team.

 

Daredevils will be playing their games in Va Beach for the 2019 season

The Outer Banks Daredevils have announced that they will be playing all of their games in Virginia Beach again for the 2019 season. We hope to be able to return to the Outer Banks for the 2020 summer.

Photo by Richard L Miller Photography.

In the meantime, you can follow the Daredevils online via our game changer page, which will provide our schedule, game summaries, box scores and team stats.

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Daredevils to play in Ocracoke on Tuesday, June 26th

Daredevils fans, here is your chance to catch the Daredevils only game south of the VA boarder for the 2018 season.

Tuesday, June 26th, the Outer Banks Daredevils will be taking on the Greenbrier Knights in this Tidewater Summer League game.

First pitch is scheduled for 3pm, so make plans to visit beautiful Ocracoke Island on Tuesday, 6/26; and come out and support your Outer Banks Daredevils.

This event is a charity fundraiser supporting Ocracoke Island Park and their youth sports programs. Tickets will be available at the front gate.

The Daredevils are presented by the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Dare CASA and sponsored in part by Southern Shores Realty, our Grand Slam Partner.

     

 

 

 

Daredevils win opener 8 – 5 over Shredders

June 4, 2018 – Virginia Beach, VA

Daredevils Win Opener over Shredders 8 – 5.

Daredevils weathered a scare by Shredders in the seventh inning where Daredevils coughed up three runs, but Daredevils still won 8-5 on Monday. Shredders batters contributing to the big inning included Pete Baddick and Dominick Claxton, all driving in runs in the frame.

Jamie Yanchisin took the win for Daredevils. He allowed three hits and zero runs over four innings, striking out six and walking zero. Ryan Andrzejczyk, Cole Taylor, and Daniel Petr all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory. Andrzejczyk recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Daredevils.

Quinlin Sweany took the loss for Shredders. He surrendered two runs on four hits over two innings, striking out two and walking one.

Brendan Sweany started the game for Shredders. He went three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out six

Daredevils hit one home run on the day. Reid Zitzelberg went for the long ball in the third inning.

Daredevils collected nine hits. Ben Closson and Kyle Bayles each racked up multiple hits for Daredevils. Bayles and Closson all had two hits to lead Daredevils. Daredevils didn’t commit a single error in the field. Kyle Stovink had the most chances in the field with eight.

Shredders saw the ball well today, racking up nine hits in the game. Claxton and TJ Wynkoopall managed multiple hits for Shredders. Claxton went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Shredders in hits.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Shredders 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 5 9 2
Daredevils 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 X 8 9 0

Box Scores

Virginia Beach Shredders
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Dominick Claxton 4 0 3 3 0 0
Chase Moore 4 0 0 0 0 2
Jared Jordan 2 0 0 0 0 1
Evan Leveroni 2 0 1 0 0 1
Matt Yarbrough 4 0 0 0 0 3
Jacob Hawley 2 0 1 0 0 0
Drew Latham 2 0 0 0 0 1
Reece Walton 1 0 0 0 1 0
Kieran Conway 2 0 0 0 0 1
TJ Wynkoop 3 2 2 0 1 0
Ronaldo DelDuca 1 1 0 0 1 1
Emery Frink 1 1 0 0 1 0
Jason Ozog 1 0 0 0 1 1
Johnny Renzelli 2 1 1 0 0 1
Pete Baddick 4 0 1 2 0 0
Mark Berryman
Brendan Sweany
Quinlin Sweany
Graham Thompson
Dayton Wisley
Totals 35 5 9 5 5 12
Batting

2B: TJ Wynkoop
3B: Dominick Claxton
TB: Pete Baddick, Dominick Claxton 5, Jacob Hawley, Evan Leveroni, Johnny Renzelli, TJ Wynkoop 3
RBI: Pete Baddick 2, Dominick Claxton 3
FC: Dominick Claxton
CS: Reece Walton

Totals

Team QAB: 13 (32.50%)
Dominick Claxton 4, Ronaldo DelDuca, Emery Frink 2, Jacob Hawley, Chase Moore, Jason Ozog, Reece Walton, TJ Wynkoop 2

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: Ronaldo DelDuca, Johnny Renzelli

Outer Banks Daredevils
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Andrew Kasiski 2 1 0 2 3 1
Michael Gabriele 4 0 1 1 1 0
Kyle Bayles 5 0 2 1 0 1
Stephen Polansky 3 0 0 0 0 2
Damien Hairston 1 1 1 0 1 0
Ben Closson 5 0 2 0 0 0
Russell Mistretta 3 1 0 0 0 2
Zach Herring 1 0 0 1 0 0
Mikey Polansky 2 0 0 0 0 1
Chad Andrzejczyk 1 1 0 0 1 1
Kyle Stovink 0 2 0 0 2 0
Robby Tew 1 1 0 0 1 1
Ryan Creps 3 0 1 1 1 1
Reid Zitzelberg 1 1 1 2 1 0
Cole Hobby 2 0 1 0 0 1
Ryan Andrzejczyk
Daniel Petr
Cole Taylor
Jamie Yanchisin
Totals 34 8 9 8 11 11
Batting

HR: Reid Zitzelberg
TB: Kyle Bayles 2, Ben Closson 2, Ryan Creps, Michael Gabriele, Damien Hairston, Cole Hobby, Reid Zitzelberg 4
RBI: Kyle Bayles, Ryan Creps, Michael Gabriele, Zach Herring, Andrew Kasiski 2, Reid Zitzelberg 2
ROE: Ben Closson, Michael Gabriele
FC: Ben Closson, Michael Gabriele, Zach Herring, Andrew Kasiski, Russell Mistretta
CS: Andrew Kasiski

Totals

Team QAB: 29 (64.44%)
Chad Andrzejczyk, Kyle Bayles 3, Ben Closson 4, Ryan Creps 3, Michael Gabriele 4, Damien Hairston, Cole Hobby 2, Andrew Kasiski 4, Mikey Polansky 2, Kyle Stovink 2, Robby Tew, Reid Zitzelberg 2

Team LOB: 13

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Virginia Beach Shredders
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Brendan Sweany 3.0 58 .586 2 2 2 6 3 1
Dayton Wisley 2.0 47 .596 3 2 2 2 3 0
Graham Thompson 0.1 23 .174 0 2 2 1 4 0
Mark Berryman 0.2 8 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quinlin Sweany 2.0 44 .500 4 2 1 2 1 0
Totals 8.0 180 .511 9 8 7 11 11 1
Pitching

L: Quinlin Sweany
WP: Graham Thompson
Pitches-Strikes: Mark Berryman 8-4, Brendan Sweany 58-34, Quinlin Sweany 44-22, Graham Thompson 23-4, Dayton Wisley 47-28
Groundouts-Flyouts: Mark Berryman 0-1, Brendan Sweany 1-1, Quinlin Sweany 1-0, Graham Thompson 0-0, Dayton Wisley 2-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Mark Berryman 0-2, Brendan Sweany 8-14, Quinlin Sweany 3-12, Graham Thompson 0-5, Dayton Wisley 5-12

Outer Banks Daredevils
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Jamie Yanchisin 4.0 50 .760 3 0 0 6 0 0
Daniel Petr 1.0 33 .394 2 2 2 0 3 0
Cole Taylor 2.0 38 .579 2 3 3 2 2 0
Ryan Andrzejczyk 2.0 31 .645 2 0 0 4 0 0
Totals 9.0 152 .612 9 5 5 12 5 0
Pitching

W: Jamie Yanchisin
SV: Ryan Andrzejczyk
Pitches-Strikes: Ryan Andrzejczyk 31-20, Daniel Petr 33-13, Cole Taylor 38-22, Jamie Yanchisin 50-38
Groundouts-Flyouts: Ryan Andrzejczyk 2-0, Daniel Petr 0-1, Cole Taylor 2-2, Jamie Yanchisin 2-4
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Ryan Andrzejczyk 6-8, Daniel Petr 5-7, Cole Taylor 6-10, Jamie Yanchisin 10-15

Key
  • AB: At bats
  • R: Runs scored
  • H: Hits
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • BB: Base on balls (walks)
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • 2B: Doubles
  • 3B: Triples
  • HR: Home runs
  • Grand slam: Grand slam home runs
  • TB: Total bases
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • SAC: Sacrifice hits & bunts
  • SF: Sacrifice flies
  • ROE: Reached on error
  • FC: Hit into fielder’s choice
  • HBP: Hit by pitch
  • CI: Batter advances on catcher’s interference
  • GIDP: Hit into double play
  • GITP: Hit into triple play
  • SB: Stolen bases
  • CS: Caught stealing
  • PIK: Picked off
  • QAB: Quality at bats (any one of: 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitch ABs, XBH, HHB, BB, SAC Bunt, SAC Fly)
  • QAB%: Quality at bats per plate appearance
  • LOB: Runners left on base at the end of an inning
  • E: Errors
  • DP: Double Plays
  • TP: Triple Plays
  • IP: Innings Pitched
  • #P: Total pitches
  • S%: Strike percentage
  • H: Hits allowed
  • R: Runs allowed
  • ER: Earned runs allowed
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • BB: Base on balls (walks)
  • HR: Home runs allowed
  • W: Wins
  • L: Losses
  • SV: Saves
  • BS: Blown saves
  • HBP: Hit batters
  • WP: Wild pitches
  • BK: Balks

2018 Schedule Released

In consideration of long overdue and much needed maintenance, repairs and improvements at the First Flight Athletic Complex, the Outer Banks Daredevils will not be playing home games in the Outer Banks during the 2018 season, clearing the way for any and all necessary work to be completed prior to the 2018/2019 school year. Dare County Schools have been supporters of our organization since inception, providing us with outstanding facilities to host our games, and entertain the locals and the visitors alike on summer nights. We are extremely grateful for the support and hard work of Dr. Burgess, Jim Winebarger, and Gary Herrmann, with Dare County Schools, making it possible for the Daredevils to play and be a part of the Outer Banks community. During the first 10 seasons, the Daredevils played their home games at Manteo High School, and we are forever grateful for the tireless efforts and support of then AD and Head Baseball Coach Kenny Meekins and Principle John Luciano. After switching to First Flight High School for the 2006 season, we have received the continued support of Athletic Director Ray Scott and Head Coach Steve Saunders, as well as former Principle Tillet and current Principle Albert, and we are equally grateful for their support as well. The hard work, support and selfless efforts of these men and others, along with the support of the Dare County Board of Education has helped provide the Outer Banks with quality, family entertainment, and a venue to support and raise awareness for local charities and youth organizations. While we will miss our fans this summer, and it is certainly with a heavy heart we release this year’s schedule without any home games, we are extremely grateful for the support of our community, school board, our many sponsors and our loyal fans. We ask that you continue to support us during our 2018 season, as you will be able to follow all of the action on the team’s website, www.outerbanksdaredevils.com, as well as on our Game Changer page, our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat pages, and you will also be able to listen to live game broadcast on the internet through the Daredevils U-Stream broadcast. From the Outer Banks Daredevils, “THANK YOU” to everyone for your continued support, GO DAREDEVILS!

2018 will be Daredevils 20th season

The upcoming 2018 season of Daredevils Baseball will be the 20th summer of collegiate baseball in the OBX. Plans are being made to make 2018 the best season yet, and we are asking our sponsors & fans for your continued support of the Daredevils, as we celebrate 20 seasons of exciting, collegiate, summer baseball.

Rain forces another cancellation..

June 8, 2017 – Kill Devil Hills, NC

Tonight’s scheduled game between the Portsmouth Sea Monsters and the Outer Banks Daredevils has been cancelled due to rain and unplayable field conditions.

The Daredevils are on the road this weekend with games at Norfolk State University’s Marty Miller Field on Friday and Sunday night. Game times are at 7pm both nights.

The Daredevils return home on Monday night, June 12th to take on the Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs. Game time 7pm at our home field located at the First Flight Athletic Complex. 109 Veterans Dr. KDH.