Peaden pounds it out for Marlins in 9-4 win over Wildcats

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Coach Brian McDaniel congratulates Gage Peaden as he heads back to the dugout after slapping one over the fence against the Meigs Wildcats.

Seventh grader Gage Peaden clobbered one out of the park to lead the Destin Marlins in a 9-4 middle school win over the visiting Meigs Wildcats of Shalimar.

"It was a curve ball," Peaden said he hit after rounding the bases and trotting back to the dugout.

His home run shot, the first of the season for the Marlins, not only cleared the left field fence, but the track and hit the football field.

"Peaden is starting to figure it out," said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel.

"He's hitting the ball hard. Once he has good approach, he swings good."

Peaden, who was 2-for-3, was just one of many Marlins to get a hit.

"We had some timely hitting and we did a good job on the bases," McDaniel said.

Nick Sherer was 2-for-4 with single and double for a couple of RBIs. Harrison Brice singled in the second and Cameron Gagliano tripled for three RBIs in the second. Noah Bailey singled in the fourth to drive in a run and Ryan Romair bounced one off the top of the fence for a triple and an RBI.

Not only did the Marlins get the job done at the plate but on the mound as well.

"We did a good job on the mound," McDaniel said.

The Marlins used four pitchers with Brice getting the win with five strikeouts over two innings.

Ryan Romair started on the mound and faced 11 batters across two innings, striking out three and walking three.

"Ryan was a little more mentally tough today," McDaniel said. "He hung in their and kept it scoreless with the bases loaded" in the first inning.

In the second, the Wildcats scored one run on an error and a hit from Kevin Kelly.

Destin answered in the bottom half with four runs. Brice singled up the middle and Nolan Berry reached on an error. Robbie Leach walked. With the bases loaded, Gagliano drilled one down the right field line to drive in three runs. Sherer drove in Gagliano on a groundout to the shortstop.

In the third, Meigs scored another run on a hit and an error then tied it up in the fourth with two runs on two hits.

Destin came back in the bottom of the fourth with Sherer, Bailey and Romair each driving in a run.

The Marlins picked up one run in the fifth on Peaden's homer and then another run in the sixth.

Jacob Edelman followed Brice on the mound for the Marlins. He faced seven batters, struck out two, walked two and gave up two hits.

Gagliano finished up for Destin facing five batters, striking out one and walking one.

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. makeup game Wednesday at home against the Pryor Pirates.