Bruner Spartans edge Destin

TINA HARBUCK
Destin eighth grader Jacob Edelman struck out nine of 18 batters and gave up one hit and one walk in Monday’s 1-0 loss to Bruner.

One hit and run in the first inning and that's all it took for the Bruner Spartans to edge out the Destin Marlins 1-0 in middle school baseball Monday afternoon in Fort Walton Beach.

"I thought we out-played them except for one column," said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel.

Destin connected for two hits, while Bruner had one in the first by Whalen Steele.

"I thought the hits we got were a little more impressive," McDaniel said.

Destin's Noah Bailey ripped a single up the middle in the first but tried to stretch it into a double to no avail, and then Cage Peaden knocked a single to left field in the second.

"They always play us tough and they had a good arm going," McDanield said.

"We just didn't do a good job … we had our guys up in a situation where we could have driven in runs and didn't do it," he said.

The Marlins left nine runners on base while the Spartans left two on for the game.

"Hey, but our guys got in there and competed for the most part," McDaniel said.

With two outs in the first inning, Bailey ripped a single to center and tried to make something happen by moving on to second but was pegged at the bag.

In the bottom half, Steele singled to left for the Spartans and moved around to second on a groundout. Destin's Jacob Edleman struck out the next Spartan and then Steele scored on a passed ball. Edelman got out of the inning with another strikeout.

In the top of the second, Destin got runners on base but couldn't get them across the plate. RyanRomair walked but was thrown out trying to steal second. Peaden singled to left and moved up on a passed ball. The next Marlin struck out, then Harrison Brice drew a walk. The two runners were left stranded when the next batter struck out.

Edleman sat the Spartans down in the bottom half on two strike outs and a ground out.

Destin left a runner on base in the third and fourth innings and the bases loaded in the fifth.

In the seventh, the Marlins got two more on base but failed to score.

For the game, Edleman faced 18 batters, gave up one hit, one walk and struck out nine. Romair finished the last inning, facing three batters and giving up one walk.

"Edleman was outstanding. He was absolutely outstanding," McDaniel said. "And Ryan came in and did a great job.

"This may have been the best game we've played all year and we came out on the bottom side of it."

With the loss, the Marlins have to win the next two games to make the playoffs.

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game Wednesday at home against the Lewis Falcons of Valparaiso.