The Destin Marlins started with a bang Monday afternoon before sending the Pryor Pirates packing with a 5-0 shutout in middle school baseball action.
The Marlins put together four hits and used five pitchers in the season opener.
“It was 5-0 game … but it was closer than it looks,” said first-year Destin Coach Matt Cawthon.
The Marlins started strong with Jackson Crews leading out with a single up the middle. He stole second and eventually scored on a throwing error. After a pop fly for an out, Preston Murphy clobbered the second pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run. Up next, Luke Edelman ripped a double down the third baseline. Edelman stole third and scored on an error. Cooper Stanford walked and scored on a passed ball for a 4-0 start.
In the second inning, the Marlins picked up one more run. With two outs, Murphy walked. Edelman smacked another double to left center for the RBI and a 5-0 advantage.
As for the Destin defense, seventh grader Alex Kruse started on the mound. He faced six batters, struck out three and gave up two hits. The next inning, eighth grader Aiden Garrity faced three batters, struck out two and gave up one hit. Sixth grader Hunter Barber pitched the third inning, facing four batters, striking out one and giving up one hit. Blake Orr threw the fourth inning. Orr, an eighth grader, faced three batters and struck out two. Edelman, an eighth grader, finished up in the fifth with three batters and three strike outs.
“It’s still early in the year. We’re moving guys around and seeing who’s going to come through,” Cawthon said.
“We’ve got a lot to clean up. But we saw some things that looked good and saw some others that we’ve got to work on.”
The Marlins will be back on the diamond at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when they host the Meigs Wildcats of Shalimar.