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Ex-Currituck pitcher Ferguson signs with Plattsburgh

Former All-Area player signed June 9 with club

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Former Currituck pitcher Harry Ferguson served as an assistant coach with the Petersburg Generals in 2016.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, June 16, 2017

It appeared that Harry Ferguson’s dream of playing professional baseball was over.

After failing to land a spot on the Frontier League’s River City Rascals in late April after a tryout, the former Currituck pitcher appeared to be out of options in professional baseball.

Fortunately for Ferguson, his workout with the Rascals was brought to the attention of the Plattsburgh Redbirds.

Ferguson, a right-handed pitcher got a call from the Redbirds inviting him to a tryout and signed with the club on June 9.

Having the opportunity to pick up the glove and put on the baseball cleats again means a lot to Ferguson.

The pitcher described signing with the Redbirds, a team located in upstate New York, as being born again.

“My whole life is about baseball,” Ferguson told The Daily Advance on Wednesday.

Ferguson, listed at 6-foot-2, was a 2012 Daily Advance All-Area team selection and Northeastern Coastal Conference Player of the Year pick.

Plattsburgh is in its first season as an organization in the Empire Professional Baseball League.

None of the teams in the league are affiliated with a Major League Baseball franchise.

The club is set to begin its 2017 season on June 23. The league’s regular season runs from late June to late August.

Ferguson, 23, completed his final collegiate season with NCAA Division II program Belmont Abbey in 2016.

The pitcher spent two seasons with the Crusaders and before that, pitched at Pitt Community College.

After Ferguson was not selected in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, he stayed in the game as an assistant coach with the now defunct Coastal Plain League club the Petersburg Generals last summer.

That meant visits to Hicks Field against the Edenton Steamers.

Ferguson said that he frequent games at Hicks Fields growing up.

The pitcher also had a short stint with the Steamers in 2014.

When he retuned to Hicks Field last summer as a coach, Ferguson said that he got a warm welcome from his former coach in Edenton manager Bryan Hill.

Ferguson is honest about his desire to continue his pro career with the hopes of landing with a MLB farm team.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “That’s the dream.”

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