With two runners on base, Destin’s Miranda Treadway cranked one out of the park to put the Marlins on the board early in a 16-0 victory over the visiting Pryor Pirates of Fort Walton Beach.
“It felt good,” said Treadway after she got back to the dugout after nailing the second pitch over left field fence. “(The pitch) was right down the middle.
“I didn’t try to hit over,” she said.
But after making contact, Treadway was sprinting around the bases when she realized it went out and she could jog on in for the 3-0 start.
The home run was the first of her four hits on the day. She also had two singles and a double for a total of four RBIs.
Treadway didn’t have the only hot bat.
“Our bats are on fire right now,” said Destin Coach Brittany Cahoon.
The Marlins connected for a total of 12 hits.
Braden Runnels hit three singles for Destin, while Sam Sherer cranked out a double and an inside-the-park homer for a total of four RBIs. Mary Owens hit a triple for an RBI, while Aylanni Enriquez and Olivia Beard each singled.
In the first inning, Destin got on the board with back-to-back singles from Enriquez and Runnels, followed by the home-run shot by Treadway.
In the top of the second, Destin shut the Pirates down quickly. Shortstop Bailey Phillips fielded a grounder for a putout, and then Enriquez made a diving catch in centerfield for the second out. Owens struck out the next batter for a short turn at bat for the Pirates.
In the third, Owens struck out the first two Pirates and then Sherer and Marley Boykin combined for a putout at first base for another no-score inning for Pryor.
Destin, however, put four on the board in the bottom half. Runnels and Treadway hit back-to-back singles and Runnels scored. Owens reached on an error before Sherer ripped a line drive down the third baseline to the fence for a three-run homer.
In the top of the fourth, Destin sat the Pirates down in short order on a couple of ground outs and a strike out by Owens.
The Marlins exploded on the ball in the bottom half for nine runs on five hits. Owens tripled, Sherer and Treadway each doubled.
The game was called due to a 16-0 advantage.
“Mary Owens is doing an awesome job at pitching,” Cahoon said.
Owens faced 13 batters in the four innings, struck out five, and gave up no hits or walks.
Up next for Destin is a 4:30 p.m. game Monday at home against the Meigs Wildcats of Shalimar.