The Destin Marlins pounded out 12 hits to beat the visiting Davidson Panthers 18-6 in middle school baseball action Wednesday afternoon in Destin.
Aidan Garrity led the Destin sticks with three singles. Preston Murphy hit a couple of doubles and Caleb Reeder banged out a double and a single.
Although the Marlins won big, Destin Coach Matt Cawthon said there was still room for improvement.
“I still think we have a lot of work to do,” Cawthon said. “A lot of our older and younger guys have matured tremendously this year. It takes every player to completely buy in and put it all on the line for their teammates. Not one selfish at-bat or defensive pitch can be taken for granted.
“You have to be the hungriest guy on the field each and every pitch. Want the ball to be hit to you and expect it to. If we can do those things we will have a chance in every game,” Cawthon added.
And on Wednesday, their chances proved to be good.
In the first inning, Davidson came out swinging scoring four runs on four hits.
Destin answered in the bottom half with four runs of their own on a pair of hits from Jackson Crews and Murphy.
In the top of the second, Davidson scored one unearned run for a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom half, Destin rallied putting 10 runs on the board on four hits and six walks. Garrity got two hits, while Blake Orr and Parker Hill each connected for one.
In the third, Destin put two more runs on the board. Murphy doubled and scored on a double from Reeder. Cooper Stanford and Ethan Davis hit back-to-back singles with Reeder scoring for a 16-4 game.
Destin picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Garrity and Reeder each connected for hits to bring in the runs.
In the top of the fifth, Davidson scored one last run on a walk and an error.
Noah Wright, Hunter Barber, Luke Edelman and Orr shared pitching duties for the Marlins.
Up next for Destin is a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday at Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach.