Meigs Wildcats pound Destin Marlins

Tina Harbuck

After a good start, the Destin Marlins fell apart and lost 18-4 to the visiting Meigs Wildcats in middle school baseball Monday afternoon in Destin.

In the first inning, Destin took a 2-1 lead with Trey Wainwright hitting a single, followed by a double from Griffin Wilbur. Hayden Hubbard singled to score Wainwright and then Wilbur came in on a fielder’s choice by Jackson Smith.

In the top of the third, the Wildcats evened the score.

And then Destin started to lose ground.

Meigs scored four in the fourth and Destin answered with one.

In the fifth, the Wildcats took an 11-3 lead and then finished it off in the sixth with seven runs.

Destin scored one last run in the bottom of the sixth.

“Bottom line is we pitched it well enough to be in the game,” said Destin Coach Brian McDaniel. “We score four runs we should be in the game. I’m not saying we should win it, but we should be competitive.”

Meigs connected for 14 hits, while the Marlins had seven.

“Even when they went up six, they were unearned runs,” McDaniel said. “We dropped three fly balls in the outfield and three fly balls on the infield … and then they hit three home runs after that.

“Meigs can hit the ball very well,” he added.

“I learned a lot about our guys today,” he said, noting some good and some bad. “But we’ve got to keep chipping away at it … it doesn’t get any easier.”

Destin, 1-1, travels to Niceville for a 4 p.m. game Wednesday against the Ruckel Rams.