Destin Marlins pound Pryor Pirates

Destin third baseman Noah Bailey tries to put the tag on a Pryor Pirate, but is a little too late.

The Destin Marlins put the bat on the ball for 16 hits to bury the Pryor Pirates 17-1 in middle school baseball action Wednesday afternoon in Fort Walton Beach.

"We swung the bats well today," said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel.

Eighth grader Jason Shirley smacked a home run and two singles to lead the Marlins. Other Marlins with three hits each were Noah Bailey with two doubles and a single, Jordan Johnson doubled and hit two singles, and Chandler Carlyle and Nick Sherer each connected for three singles.

"It was really a challenging situation where they had a soft guy on the mound. He didn't throw it very hard," McDaniel said, noting his guys had to adjust.

"But they all focused on hitting the ball the other way. And a lot of people don't understand how tough it is to stay back and hit the ball the other way. But some of our young guys that played today did a good job at doing that. And some of the old guys came in and provided a little punch too," he said.

Destin put five runs on the board in the first and then added six more in the second. In the top of the third, the Marlins scored five more for a 16-0 lead.

Pryor finally came in and scored one run in the bottom of the third.

In the fourth, Destin added one more run and then held Pryor scoreless in the bottom half for a 15-run ruling on the game after four.

"We pitched well," McDaniel said.

Shirley went the distance on the mound for Destin. He struck out eight, walked two and gave up four hits.

The win gave the Marlins a 6-3 mark on the regular season.

"They were a good group to coach," McDaniel said. "One of the winningest teams here."