Davidson Panthers pound Destin Marlins

Destin Marlin Cameron Gagliano puts the bat on the ball in the fifth inning for a hit.

Bryce Larkins slapped two out of the park to lead the Davidson Panthers in an 18-6 win over the Destin Marlins in middle school baseball action in Crestview Monday afternoon.

In addition to Larkins two homers, he also ripped a double for a total of seven RBIs. However, his three knocks were just three of 17 hits by the Panthers. Kaleb Casey ripped three singles, and Rod Bouchard hit a double and two singles.

"We didn't pitch the ball as a group and we didn't catch the ball," said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel.

"I think we made six or seven errors in the infield today … that killed us."

"But I'm still stuck on, if you score six or seven runs, you aught to win games," McDaniel said. And his Marlins did put six runs on the board.

In the top of the first, Destin came out and scored three runs. Noah Bailey walked and Jason Shirley doubled to left. Chandler Carlyle singled to left to score Bailey and Shirley. Carlyle scored on a hit from Harrison Brice.

But the Panthers answered with five in the bottom half on four hits and two errors.

Destin got the advantage back in the top of the second when Carlyle smacked a fast ball over the centerfield fence for a three-run homer.

However, Davidson took the lead back in the bottom half on three hits and an error for two runs.

In the third, Destin failed to get a runner on base and Davidson went to work in the bottom half to scoring five runs on five hits and two errors. Larkins knocked in three runs with a shot over the right center fence.

Davidson added six more runs in the fourth. Again Larkins belted one over the fence, good for three runs. James Green, Rod Bouchard and Ryan Weidenhammer each connected for doubles.

Down 18-6, Destin had one last chance to get something going in the top of the fifth. Cameron Gagliano and Christian Ford hit back-to-back singles before the next batter hit into a double play to end the game.

"We can't make that many errors and win especially against a team that can swing it the way they do," McDaniel said.

Up next for the Marlins is a 4 p.m. game today at Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach.

"We need to finish strong," McDaniel said. "I still think we can finish on a positive note."