Jackson Crews cranked one out of the park in the bottom of the fifth for a walk-off homer and a 12-2 victory for the Destin Marlins over the visiting Meigs Wildcats Wednesday afternoon in middle school baseball.
“It was an inside fastball,” said the eighth grader.
This was Crews second time to hit a walk-off home run. He said he did it last year against Pryor Middle School.
Crews, who finished the day with two hits, wasn’t the only Marlin with a home-run shot on Wednesday. Luke Edelman belted one over the centerfield fence in the first inning for two RBIs.
“I barely skimmed it … I didn’t think it was going,” Edelman said when he got back to the dugout.
Other Marlins with multiple hits were Blake Orr and Parker Hill each with a double and a single. Preston Murphy connected for a double.
“I saw a lot more hungriness … like we were here to play ball today,” said Destin baseball coach Matt Cawthon. “I saw a lot of people wanting the baseball, expecting it. We made some good plays, knocked some balls down on defense.
“Our pitching was good from top to bottom. We got a lot of ground balls. We looked good pitching the ball.”
Edelman started on the mound for Destin pitching the first two innings. He faced 10 batters, struck out two, walked two and gave up two hits. Aiden Garrity threw the next two innings. He faced eight batters, struck out three and gave up one hit. Seventh grader Dylan Matakevich finished up in the fifth. He faced five batters, struck out one and gave up two hits.
In the first inning, Destin batted through the lineup and scored six runs on four hits. Murphy belted a double to right center for two RBIs and then Edelman connected for his bomb up the middle for two RBIs. Orr and Hill each singled for the other two hits.
In the second, Destin picked up two more runs on walks and stolen bases for an 8-0 advantage.
In the top of the third, Meigs put one run on the board. The Marlins answered with one run on their own in the bottom half for a 9-1 game.
In the top of the fourth, Garrity struck out the side on the Wildcats for a quick turn at bat.
In the bottom half, Destin scored two runs on two doubles, one from Orr and the other from Hill.
After giving up a run in the top of the fifth, Destin’s Crews belted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the fifth for a 10-run ruling on the game.
Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game at home Monday against the Shoal River Mustangs.