The Destin All-Stars were firing on all cylinders Thursday night with Charlie "Hotdog" Frankfurt throwing a no-hitter combined with the Destin bats collecting 12 hits for a 14-0 shutout over the DeFuniak Springs in the Florida District 1 Little League 8-10 year old Baseball Tournament played in DeFuniak Springs.
“Charlie Frankfurt was throwing gasoline and more importantly he was able to locate,” said Destin Coach Justin Ray, who acknowledged the good pitching from DeFuniak as well.
Frankfurt, nicknamed "Hotdog" by the Destin fans, faced 14 batters in four innings, striking out 10 and walking only one.
And as for the Destin bats, four of the players had multiple hits. Jordan Figueroa led the bats with triple, double and a single for five RBIs. Palmer Robbins, Brody Ray and Jace Cunningham each had two hits. Collecting one hit each were Carter Phillips, Mason George and Will Wortman.
“Preparation for our batters really paid off,” said Coach Ray. “Our approach at the plate gave us the ability to make adjustments and find barrels. We bounced back from the last game where I thought we had a few miscues on the bases. We were able to stay aggressive but not run ourselves out of innings.
“Another ‘W’ with contributions from everyone. That’s what it takes,” he added.
With the win the Destin All-Stars advance to the championship round at 6 p.m. Saturday. They will play the winner of the DeFuniak Springs vs. Baker game played Friday night.
In Thursday’s victory, Destin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Robbins singled and Cunningham reached on a fielder’s choice. Both scored on a single to right from Figueroa.
In the second, Destin added one more run. Phillips singled to right and scored on a single from Robbins.
In the bottom half, "Hotdog" sat DeFuniak Springs down quickly on three straight strikeouts.
The third inning was the Destin All-Stars biggest of the night. Ray started with a single to left, followed by a double up the middle from Cunningham. Up next, Figueroa belted a double to left center to score Ray and Cunningham. Frankfurt and George both drew walks, and then Wortman ripped a single down the first baseline for two RBIs. Robbins walked and Koren Silver reached on an error. Ray came up again and doubled to right center and Cunningham followed with a double up the middle for two RBIs. Figueroa slapped a triple over the left fielder’s head for an RBI. Destin finished up with a 13-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third, DeFuniak Springs got their first base runner on a walk. Frankfurt struck out the next two batters, before giving up another base runner on a fielding error. Frankfurt got out of the inning with another strike out.
In the fourth, Destin scored one last run. George blasted a double up the middle and eventually scored for a 14-0 lead.
In the bottom half, Frankfurt struck out the first two batters, then left fielder Wortman made a catch deep into right field for the final out.