Although they outhit their opponent, the Destin All-Stars came up short 7-5 to Shalimar in the Florida District 1 Little League 10-12 year old baseball tournament in Shalimar earlier this week.
Destin connected for 12 hits, while Shalimar had seven.
“I think the difference is Shalimar just played basically error free,” said Destin Coach Bill West. “We had a couple of errors and they didn’t. They just out played us in that fifth inning. They deserve to go on. We’re not happy but we accept it. That’s just part of the game.”
Shalimar moved on to play Niceville in the championship game and lost 11-5.
In Wednesday’s game, Destin didn’t go down without a fight.
“Jacob Castle threw 84 pitches,” West said. “He just battled. It was incredible and he hit really well.”
Castle led the Destin bats with a four-for-four turn at bat with an RBI.
James Boykin had two hits for two RBIs and Roman LaRumbe connected for two hits as well.
Price Bowen blasted a home run, his second of the tournament, and a single for the Destin All-Stars. Bowen was recognized at the end of the game for his two home runs and awarded a couple of pins for his performance.
Others with one hit each were Garrett Jacobs and Ethan Ramsey.
“We shifted the lineup around and it helped us to get going,” West said.
In the top of the first, the Destin All-Stars didn’t waste any time getting started. Castle and Jacobs hit back-to-back singles and both scored on a hit from Boykin. Gabriel Johnson tried to stretch a single into a double and got tagged at second while Boykin scored. Up next, Bowen slapped the second pitch over the left centerfield fence for a 4-0 start.
In the bottom half, Destin sat Shalimar down quickly on a ground out, a pop fly and a strikeout.
In the second, Shalimar broke onto the scoreboard with two runs. Jack Phan and Bo Kuhn each got hits and scored.
In the top of the fourth, Destin scored one more run. Ramsey singled to left and moved around to second on a passed ball. LaRumbe moved him around to third on a hit to right field. Up next, Castle singled to left to score Ramsey for a 5-2 advantage.
The fifth inning was the game changer. Destin came up empty and Shalimar put five runs on the board. Skylar Brock singled and scored on a triple by Aaron Rowell. The next batter walked then Phan put down a bunt to load the bases. Up next, Kuhn doubled to left center for two RBIs. The last two runs scored on throwing errors. Shalimar led 7-5.
In the top of the sixth with two outs, LaRumbe singled up the middle. Castle followed with a hit up the middle but then the next batter hit a line drive with the Shalimar short stop making the catch to finish the game.
When it was all said and done, West was still proud of his team.
“We’ve got some talented kids,” he said. “We would have liked to have gotten to the championship game.”
Nevertheless, he said Destin Little League will start up again in the fall with a developmental program.