Destin Marlins post two big home victories

TINA HARBUCK
Harrison Brice pitched for the Marlins against Shoal River Friday. In addition to striking out three Mustangs in two innings, Brice clobbered a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to lead the Destin sticks. Destin won 13-5.

The Destin Marlins have struggled in league play, but in their last two outings they have put their opponents away in a big way.

On Friday, the Destin baseball team exploded for 10-runs in the bottom of the fifth to send the Shoal River Mustangs packing 13-5, then on Monday afternoon they posted another big win following a 12-run rally in the third for a 17-2 final over the Bruner Spartans.

“Today we really ran the bases well,” said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel as he walked off the field Monday afternoon.

“They had a hard time hitting the cutoff man at times and we were able to take some extra bases because of it,” McDaniel said.

“But I’m impressed with Peaden on the mound,” he said. Jake Peaden, in his first start of the season, pitched four innings and gave up only two runs.

“He threw mostly strikes … and he got us deep into game,” McDaniel said. “He pitched four innings which is the fartherest we’ve had a starter go.”

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In addition to the good pitching, Destin put the bat on the ball.

“We were able to put some balls in play and mix in some hard hit balls. We had a bunch in the gap,” McDaniel said.

When it was all said and done, the Marlins had played 20 boys and walked off their field in the fifth with a 17-2 win.

On Friday, Destin posted another big win, with a 10-run rally over Shoal River late in the game.

Down by one run, Destin went to work in the bottom of the fifth.

Destin’s Mason Wandrick walked and scored on a home run shot over the right-field fence by Cameron Gagliano.

“It was a fast ball inside,” Gagliano said after he got back to the dugout.

Harrison Brice followed with a single and Nolan Berry walked. Gage Peaden took one deep to right for a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Hayden Hubbard singled and Jonah Hoover was hit by a pitch. The next batter grounded out and then Robbie Rush reached on an error and two Marlins slipped in home. Wandrick walked and Gagliano was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Up next Brice blasted one up and over the center field fence for a grand slam and a 13-4 lead.

Shoal River scored one last run in the top of the seventh on a couple of singles.

Destin was scheduled to play a road game against Lewis Middle School on Tuesday evening, however results were not available at press time.