The Shoal River Mustangs banged out 11 hits to defeat the Destin Marlins 13-3 in middle school baseball action Monday evening in Destin.
Destin, on the other hand, had only two hits, which came late in the game. Gavin Garrity connected for a double in the fifth and Price Bowen ripped a single in the sixth.
Due to the umpire not showing up for the game, the School Resource Officer for Destin Middle School called the game. SRO Tyler Thomason, who said he played baseball for more than a decade, was happy to call the game.
Starting a bit late, Shoal River jumped on the Marlins early with two runs in the first on an error and a double.
Destin answered with one run. The first Marlin struck out then Wyatt Wainwright was hit by a pitch. Hunter Barber struck out. With Christian Erlich up to bat, Wainwright stole around to third and eventually scored on an error by the catcher. Erlich struck out to end the inning.
In the second, neither team scored.
In the top of third, Shoal put three more runs on the board on a pair of singles and a home run.
Destin went down in the bottom half on three straight strikeouts.
In the top of the fourth, Shoal scored one run on one hit.
In the fifth, Shoal River added three more runs for a 9-1 lead.
Destin had its biggest inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Price Bowen walked and moved around to third on a double to left field by Garrity. Will Blanchard walked to load the bases. Ethan Ramsey flew out to center field with Bowen and Garrity both tagging up and scoring for a 9-3 game.
With the sun starting to go down on the game, they got in one more inning. Shoal River scored four runs in the top of the sixth and then held Destin scoreless in the bottom half.
“We didn take advantage of numerous opportunities,” said Destin Coach Matt Cawthon.
“They had a really good pitcher but we still were able to put some pressure on him,” he added.
“If we just make routine plays on defense it is a whole different game. It’s frustrating allowing innings to be extended by not making manageable plays. We have to clean that up,” Cawthon said.
With the loss, the Marlins drop to 1-2-1 on the season. Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game Wednesday at home against the Ruckel Rams.