Playing against a tight defense, the Destin All-Stars lost 14-4 to Niceville in the Florida District 1 Little League 7-9 year-old Machine Pitch Tournament at Shalimar Wednesday night.
Although Niceville was tough, Destin’s team manager Brandon Patzig said they didn’t play their best.
“We played sloppy. We gotta be better. We are better,” Patzig said. “We now have to prove that we are better.”
Destin was scheduled to play DeFuniak Springs Pink at 6 p.m. Friday. Results were not available at press time.
In Wednesday’s game, Destin stepped up to bat first but was shut down by a good defense. Shortstop Abby Kuritz made a couple of big plays for outs and third baseman Nykena Bowman got the other.
In the bottom of the first, Niceville scored two runs on one hit and a couple of errors by the Destin team.
The Destin All-Stars got the two runs back in the top of the second. With one out, Lucy Hall singled to left center and made it around the bases on throwing errors. The next batter struck out, then Casey Cieutat reached on an error and scored on a hit down the third baseline by Anna Beyhl. The next batter was thrown out by Niceville’s Kuritz.
In the bottom of the second, Niceville scored the five-run limit on four hits. Cailyn Crause, Annabelle Shackelford, Kuritz and Layla Hughes got hits for a 7-2 lead.
In the top of the third, Destin’s Tatum Kirk led with a single but was put out at second. Lane Fortenberry reached on an error and tried to score but was pegged at the plate. Hayley Mikel singled but was thrown out trying to take second for a scoreless inning.
Niceville picked up three more runs in the bottom half on three hits for a 10-2 game.
In the top of the fourth, Niceville sat Destin down in short order on three consecutive ground outs.
Niceville scored one in the bottom half before Destin sat them down. Elena Martin at third made a catch for out and Lane Fortenberry playing in the pitchers slot fielded a grounder for an out.
In the top of the fifth, Destin pushed across two runs. Hall singled and scored on a throwing error. Cieutat and Beyhl hit back-to-back singles. Kendra Ayers singled to left to score Cieutat for an 11-4 game.
Niceville scored the three runs needed in the bottom half for a run-ruling on the game.