The Destin Marlins pounded out 13 hits to defeat the Pryor Pirates 14-1 in middle school softball action Thursday afternoon in Fort Walton Beach.
“Our hitting is on fire,” said Destin Coach Brittany Cahoon.
Leading the effort at bat was Samantha Sherer who went four for four with two inside the park home runs, a triple and a single for five RBIs.
Elaina Perkins went two for three with a double and a single for an RBI. Ashlyn Priest, M.J. Toth and Ava Smith each had singles for an RBI.
Not only did the Marlins get the job done at the plate but in the field as well.
“We played defense when we had to,” Cahoon said.
“I don’t think we had any errors. When we got the ball we knew what to do with it,” she added.
Destin came out swinging in the first inning with Sherer taking one deep for her first homer of the day. Perkins was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch.
Pryor scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the first.
In the second inning, Destin picked up four more runs, three off a triple by Kayla Winter. Winter later scored on a fielder’s choice from Smith.
In the fourth, Destin scored three more runs. Sherer belted her second homer of the day. Perkins singled and Winter walked. Smith doubled to score Perkins and Toth knocked in Winter for a 12-1 lead.
Destin picked up one run in the fifth and then finished strong in the sixth with four runs, three off a triple from Sherer.
Smith went the distance in the pitching circle, striking out seven and giving up only two walks.
On Wednesday, the Marlins traveled to Crestview to take on the Shoal River Mustangs. Destin won 11-6.
Smith had 13 strikeouts against the Mustangs.
Top batters in the win were Perkins with a two for four performance with a triple and a single for three RBIs; Sherer with a home run; and Smith who went two for four with two singles and a RBI.
Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game at home Monday against Walton Middle School.