A shortage of hits proved to be the downfall of the Destin U10 All Stars in their quest at the State of Florida Championships for 8-10 Baseball this past weekend in Melbourne.
“We just couldn’t string together enough hits,” said Destin Coach Doug Erlich.
Destin was one of eight teams from throughout the state to compete in the three-day tournament with San Carlos Little League winning the championship title on Sunday with a 6-2 win over Plant City.
In Pool Play on Friday, Destin lost 15-0 to Plant City.
“It was a challenge,” Erlich said.
“We were in it,” he said noting it was 1-0 through the first two or three innings. “Then we started making errors … got down and couldn’t regroup.”
On Saturday, Destin lost 10-0 to North Springs and then 14-1 to West Pasco.
“We just couldn’t hit their pitchers,” Erlich said. “Then they started making errors and got down on themselves.
“The pitching level was a bit different (than what the Destin All Stars were accustomed to),” Erlich added.
Destin produced a lot of runs throughout the run to state by playing small ball — bunting.
However, Erlich said most every Section winner at state had players who were hitting it out of the park.
“We produced runs on small ball. This team over performed and battled to get there,” he said. “They got there with a lot of heart,” Erlich said.
Nonetheless, pitching was the equalizer.
“Wish we would have done better, but they did the best we could do. It was a good run.”
The Destin All Stars finished the season with a District and Section victory and a trip to state.