Destin eighth grader Matt Boswell delivered a one-hit, 13-0 shutout against the visiting Baker Gators in middle school baseball action last week for a mark in the win column.
"He's very confident against Baker," said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel of Boswell. "They've had one hit in two years against Matt and he came out and punched out their first three guys" on strikeouts.
"Then we go out and put a little pressure on them. They don't throw strikes. Then the next thing you know we hit it out of the park to give us four."
Boswell went the distance on the mound, facing 16 batters in five innings, for 12 strikeouts, no walks and one hit.
After Boswell struck out the first three batters, Destin came in and went to work. Boswell, at leadoff, ripped a double to left. The next three Marlins walked to push in a run. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Chandler Carlyle cranked a fast ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam.
"It felt great coming off the bat," Carlyle said. This was the first Marlin home run of the season.
Destin managed to score three more runs before the inning was over with Boswell knocking in two of them on a single up the middle.
In the top of the second, Boswell shut the Gators down again on three Ks.
In the bottom half, Destin's Jason Shirley belted a double to left center and stole third. He later scored on a groundout by Carlyle.
After Boswell struck out two more Gators, the ninth man in the lineup connected but was thrown out at first.
In the top of the fourth, the Gators made contact for their only hit of the game. Logan Rickman singled to right, but never made it past second base as Boswell struck out the next three batters.
Destin put four more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth on two hits and a couple of errors. Carlyle singled for an RBI and Noah Bailey knocked a single to right field for an RBI.
"Offensively we did good things today," McDaniel said. "When they would overthrow, we'd move up. When they missed the cutoff man, we'd move up. We helped ourselves getting into position.
"Our goal is to win every inning and we had one where we didn't go out there and score ... we tied that inning," he said.
McDaniel said they look at the game as seven individual innings.
"We do that to keep their focus up. You can get sloppy real easy when you see eight or nine runs up on the board. Our biggest fight today was not getting sloppy," McDaniel said.
"I was proud of the outing," he said.
Up next for the Marlins is a 4 p.m. game on April 22 at Meigs in Shalimar.
"They are going to be a real challenge," McDaniel said. "They can hit."