Ruckel Rams slip by Marlins

Destin's Jordan Malave tries to bunt the ball in the third inning against Ruckel.

Not enough hits, mixed with a couple of errors and the Destin Marlins fell 4-0 to the visiting Ruckel Rams of Niceville Monday afternoon in middle school softball.

"The difference was we were not hitting the ball," said Destin Coach Warren Whitaker. "She was throwing a lot of drop balls and our girls didn't want to move up to the front of the plate and hit that ball. And they were chasing the high ball when she wasn't throwing the drop ball."

However, a few Marlins did manage to connect for a few scattered hits. Faith Ford, Gabby Nix and Nikki Cobble each went two for three and Megan Chavez had one hit.

Prior to the game, Whitaker said that he and his other coaches thought that whoever made the first error was going to wind up in the hole and that's what happened.

"We made the first error and they got on us," Whitaker said.

Nevertheless, the Marlins held the Rams in check for four innings of scoreless ball.

In the top of the fifth, Ruckel slipped in a run to get on the scoreboard.

Later in the top of the seventh, the Rams picked up three more runs for the win.

Whitaker said the Marlin pitching was spot on. Eighth grader Faith Ford went the distance and struck out 10, gave up six hits and only one walk.

"Faith was working hard as always," Whitaker said. "She's consistent ... you can't ask for more."

Others making plays for the Marlins were Madison Henry behind the plate, Mollie Seeling and Sam Houston, both with catches.

"For the rest of it, they just weren't working hard. And when you play a team like Ruckel you can't let up," Whitaker said.

Up next for the Lady Marlins is a 4 p.m. game Wednesday at home against the Shoal River Mustangs.