A mix of crafty base running, three hits and one-hit pitching spelled victory for the Destin Marlins as they shut out the Meigs Wildcats, 11-0, in middle school girls softball action Monday afternoon.
"We played the short game," said Destin Coach Warren Whitaker. "We bunted, they'd overthrow and we stole a lot of bases."
The Marlins stole six bases. "That made a big difference," Whitaker added. "We had a lot of runs scored on passed balls."
Destin put one run on the board in the first inning, then scored four in the second with Faith Ford connecting for a double up the middle.
In the third, Destin put four more runs on the board. Mollie Seeling put one in the gap for a hit.
Destin finished up with one run in the fifth and one in the sixth. Caroline Porter connected for a hit and scored the lone run in the sixth.
"We were struggling to get what we did," Whitaker said. "Madison Henry made some great catches behind the plate on fly ball.”
As for pitching, Ford went the distance and struck out 13 and gave up only one hit.
"Faith did a great job on the mound," Whitaker said. "She was strong, battled hard and was up mentally."
Up next for the Marlins is a 4 p.m. game, April 29 at home against the Ruckel Rams.