Strong pitching pushes Daredevils past Warriors

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (July 7) – The Outer Banks Daredevils (14-3) used strong pitching to defeat the Virginia Warriors (0-10) by a score of 6-2 Monday at First Flight Field.

 Despite the strong pitching, Daredevils’ starter Harry Ferguson didn’t get the start he was looking for, hitting the first two batters and allowing a single to give the Warriors and early 1-0 lead. However, Ferguson retired the next three batters. Ferguson only allowed one more hit and another run in the third inning before being pulled after five full innings of work.

The Daredevils picked up their scoring in the second inning, scoring three runs off two hits, which included an RBI-single by Chris Childress that scored Brett Johnson. Childress later scored from third on a balk.

The Daredevils added two runs in the fourth inning off three hits, and added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cooper Jones picked up his second save of the season, recording six outs and allowing one hit for a final score of 6-2.

At one point, four Daredevils’ pitchers combined to retire 14 straight batters. All four pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts as well.

Rick Hopkins and Childress had three hits each, while Hopkins picked up two runs batted in. As a team, the Daredevils had nine hits.

The Daredevils will return to action Tuesday when they face the Greenbrier Knights. Gates open at 6, with the first pitch to follow at 7:05.