Lady Marlins bomb Meigs Wildcats

Tina Harbuck
Destin's Braden Runnels cracks one over the centerfield fence in the sixth inning. Destin beat Meigs 6-4 in middle school softball. [LYNN TREADWAY/SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

The Destin Marlins connected for only three hits in the 6-4 win over the visiting Meigs Wildcats in girl’s middle school softball, but they were big hits.

Destin’s Miranda Treadway belted one over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the second to put the Marlins on the board.

In the third Destin, added one more run. Olivia Beard walked and moved around the bases on passed balls then scored on a ground out for a 2-0 lead.

Meigs finally scored in the top of the fifth on a walk and a double, and then took the lead in the sixth with three runs on two hits.

Destin battled back in the bottom half. Braden Runnels unloaded on the first pitch across the plate to smack one over the centerfield fence. Treadway followed suit with another home run shot to tie the game at 4-4. Mary Owens was hit by a pitch and Ava Smith reached on an error and Owens scored. Smith slipped in home on a ground out for a 6-4 advantage.

In the top of the seventh, the Destin defense shut Meigs down on a ground out to third baseman Runnels, shortstop Bailey Phillips and first baseman Marley Boykin.

The two homers by Treadway were her second and third of the season. She hit her first against the Pryor Pirates last week.

“I adjusted my grip some,” said Treadway, who didn’t hit a homer last season.

As for Runnels it was her first of the season.

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