Destin hammers Meigs for win

Tina Harbuck

The Destin Marlins hammered out 12 hits to send the Meigs Wildcats packing 10-6 in middle school baseball action Monday afternoon.

Leading the sticks for Destin was Benton Henderson with two home-run blasts and a single for two RBIs.

“Benton has had an incredible couple of weeks. He’s hot … hopefully it will continue,” said Destin Coach Daniel Griffin.

Henderson’s two home run shots on Monday brought his total to six.

Thus far the Marlins have cranked more than 15 on the season.

“For a team of our size and stature we’re playing long ball pretty well,” Griffin said.

But the big thing behind the Marlins success Monday was “putting the ball in play,” Griffin said.

“Anytime you’re swinging the bat and putting the ball in play you’ve got a chance,” he added.

Jackson Crews connected for three hits for the Marlins while Aiden Garrity and Jayden Kinkopf each had two hits.

As for the defense, “I thought we played better in spots,” Griffin said. “And our pitchers are doing a good job at keeping us in the game.”

Henderson threw the first five innings for Destin striking out nine and giving up six hits and three walks. Jackson Smith finished up the last two with two strikeouts and two walks.

After giving up one run in the top of the first, Destin came in and scored three on walks and errors.

In the bottom of the second, Destin unloaded on the ball for five runs. With one out, Crews and Garrity hit back-to-back singles. Preston Murphy slapped a double to right for an RBI, and then Smith followed with a double down the third baseline for an RBI. Luke Edelman took one deep to centerfield fence to sacrifice in a run. Up next, Henderson drilled a fast ball over the centerfield fence for an 8-1 lead.

In the top of the third, Meigs had their biggest inning of the game with Brantley Laird belting a grand slam.

Destin answered in the bottom half with Garrity ripping a double and scoring.

In the top of the fourth, Henderson struck out the side on the Wildcats for a short turn at bat.

In the fifth, Meigs scored their last run of the game on a home run.

Destin got a couple of runners on base in the fifth inning but didn’t score. In the sixth, however, Henderson unloaded on a curve ball for a home run shot over the centerfield fence for a 10-6 game.

The Marlins sat the Wildcats down quickly in the top of the seventh on three ground outs.

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game Wednesday at home against the Shoal River Mustangs of Crestview.