Destin Marlins take Mustangs, Panthers for a ride

Tina Harbuck

It’s all about the spearmint … well maybe not.

But if you were to ask Destin’s Miranda Treadway what flavor gum she was chewing when she belted her four home runs this season, the answer would be spearmint. As a matter of fact, she calls it “dinger gum.”

The eighth grader slapped her fourth home run Wednesday against the visiting Shoal River Mustangs in the Destin middle school girl’s softball 15-0 victory.

“I tried Double Bubble when we played Ruckel and I did nothing,” Treadway said in the scrimmage game. “So I went back to spearmint.”

And at her first at bat on Wednesday against Shoal River she cranked one over the left centerfield fence for two RBIs.

Her homer wasn’t the only bomb of the day.

Sam Sherer smashed one over the left field fence in the bottom of the second, also good for two RBIs. This was the seventh graders first homer of the season.

For Sherer it had nothing to do with superstition.

“I was just swinging. … I didn’t know if it was going,” she said after making contact with the fast ball.

“Our bats are hot,” added Destin Coach Brittany Cahoon.

Destin connected for nine hits in the four inning game.

Eighth grader Braden Runnels went three-for-three at bat with a triple, double and a single for six RBIs. Treadway, in addition to the home run, doubled for an RBI. Bailey Phillips doubled for an RBI, Mary Owens singled for two RBIs, Aylanni Enriquez singled for two RBIs, and Mckenzi Toth singled.

Sixth grader Owens went the distance in the pitching circle for the shutout, giving up one hit and striking out three.

On Thursday, the Marlins continued their winning ways on the road, posting a 7-5 win over the Davidson Panthers in Crestview.

However, they didn’t have a big day at bat.

“We didn’t hit like we’ve done in the past,” Cahoon said.

The Marlins connected for only three hits, one each from Sherer, Runnels and Treadway.

“We beat them 8-1 in the first game,” Cahoon said. “I think they may have thought they didn’t have to come out and play today.”

Nevertheless, the Marlins played well enough to win.

In the first inning, Sherer started with a triple and scored on a ground out.

Davidson answered with two in the bottom half on three hits.

Destin took the lead in the top of the third with two runs on a couple of errors and walks.

The Panthers evened the score, 3-3, in the bottom half on a couple of walks and a hit.

Runnels led with a single in the fourth and made it around to third, but was left stranded.

The Destin defense held the Panthers in check in the bottom half.

In the top of the fifth, Destin took the lead for good. With two runners on base, Treadway smacked a triple to right center to drive in two RBIs. Treadway later slipped in home on a wild pitch for a 6-3 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Destin picked up one more run with Runnels scoring.

Davidson threatened with two runs in bottom of the seventh, but the Marlin defense got out of it with a strikeout and a groundout to shortstop Bailey Phillips.

“Mary did a fantastic job on the mound for us,” Cahoon said.

Sixth grade pitcher Mary Owens went the distance facing 27 batters, striking out seven, giving up four hits and six walks.

Up next for Destin is a 4:30 p.m. road game Monday in DeFuniak Springs.