Lady Marlins spank Spartans

Tina Harbuck
Destin’s Mollie Seeling came in as relief pitcher to finish off the 14-4 win over the Bruner Spartans

In their last home game of the season, the Destin Marlins took down the visiting Bruner Spartans 14-4 in girl’s middle school softball action Monday afternoon.

The Marlins put the bat on the ball for 13 hits with Nikki Cobble and Jordan Malave each connecting for three, and Courtney Register for two.

Eighth grader Faith Ford smacked a triple early and pitched three innings, striking out six and giving up one hit before she went down with an ankle injury in the bottom of the fifth.

“It was terrible,” Ford said of not being able to finish her last home game as a Marlin.

Ford along with catcher Madison Henry throughout the season has done a little snap, slap good luck shake before every inning. However, after Ford went down Monday, “it was weird,” Henry said, noting she almost tried to do the lucky shake with relief pitcher Mollie Seeling, before she caught herself.

Seeling came in and finished the game, ringing up three strikeouts, walking two and hitting one batter.

“She struggled at first, but then she pulled it out,” said Destin Coach Warren Whitaker. “She closes good, but I was tempted to pull her.”

To start, Destin started strong, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Bruner finally broke onto the board with one run in the third and then closed the gap with three runs in the fourth for a 6-4 game.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Marlins put three runs across the plate and then finished off the game strong with five runs in the sixth.

“We’re hitting the ball; we’re just not hitting the ball good,” Whitaker said, noting some of the players were struggling with getting the timing down at the plate.

Marlins with one hit each were Ford, Henry, Gabby Nix, Sam Houston and Caroline Porter.

“It wasn’t pretty,” he said, but still a victory.

The Lady Marlins travel to Valparaiso Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game with the Lewis Falcons.