By Sam Walker on February 10, 2013For fans of baseball, good news is on the horizon: the Outer Banks Daredevils are back for the 2013 season in a different league with the opening game to be played May 28.
An ownership group led by Donnie Just, owner of the Tranquil House Inn and 1587 restaurant in Manteo, has purchased the franchise, the team has announced.
“We want to thank all of our fans, business partners, host families, employees and volunteers for their support through the years and we are asking you to join . . . once again as the Daredevils return to the Outer Banks,” Just said.
The Daredevils will play a 30-game schedule in the Tidewater Summer League, with 20 regular season home games on Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Flight High School starting May 28 at 7:30 p.m. Ten road games will be played in Virginia Beach.
The TSL is the second-oldest summer baseball league in the country and fields separate leagues for college and high school players.
“The Coastal Plain League had planned its 2013 season and schedule during the early fall of 2012, leaving the Daredevils new owners the problem of finding a place for the team to play during the 2013 season,” said Michael Dooley of the TSL.
The Daredevils have already signed the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse as title sponsor in 2013.
“The coalition’s mission is to reduce and prevent substance abuse in our community, and one of the ways to accomplish that is by supporting healthy, safe and fun activities in our community,” said Dare CASA program director Amber Bodner.
“Daredevils baseball is a family friendly ballpark with players who can serve as positive role models to our children,” Bodner said.
The previous owners of the Daredevils said in November 2011 they could not guarantee breaking even for 2012 in the Coastal Plain League, and suspended operations.
The CPL is a wooden-bat summer league for college baseball players, with teams in North and South Carolina, and Virginia.
The Daredevils were one of the original CPL teams in 1997. The team did poorly financially and skipped the 1998 season.
Warren Spivey bought the Daredevils in 1999. The team moved from Manteo to Kill Devil Hills in 2006, when a group led by Marcus Felton bought the team prior to the season.