Destin Marlins finish week strong

Tina Harbuck
Destin's Preston Murphy gets a fist bump from Destin Coach Daniel Griffin after knocking his first of two home runs on Thursday against the Davidson Panthers. Murphy now leads the Marlins with eight homers on the season. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

Three games, three wins.

The Destin Marlins beat Meigs 10-6 on Monday, then Shoal River 9-6 on Wednesday.

Thursday, they put an exclamation point on the week with a 16-6 road victory over the Davidson Panthers in Crestview.

“I think we came out a little more prepared to play today,” said Destin Coach Daniel Griffin. “It’s been a while since they’ve had the opportunity to win three in a week … we did what we had to do earlier in the week to get to 2-0.”

And on Thursday, Destin blasted the Panthers with Preston Murphy smacking two out of the park for three RBIs. The homers bring his total to eight on the season.

His first of the day came in the first inning. After Jackson Crews ripped a double and scored on a passed ball, Aiden Garrity walked. Up next, Murphy drilled a fast ball over the left field fence for a 3-0 lead.

“It felt really good,” Murphy said. “I knew it was going as soon as I hit it.”

In the second, Destin picked up four more runs. Blake Orr walked and scored on a double to right field by Ben Price. Crews followed with a double to left center for an RBI. Crews scored on a passed ball and Garrity walked and scored on an error for a 7-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Davidson scored on a couple of hits with Tristan Dees driving in the RBI.

In the third, Davidson closed the gap some with Jackson Harrison belting a two-run homer over the centerfield fence.

Destin got the two runs back, plus one more, in the top of the fourth. With one out, Murphy blasted his second home run of the game over the right center field fence. Jackson Smith walked and Luke Edelman reached on an error with Smith scoring. Edelman also scored on an error by the Panthers. Destin led 10-3.

Davidson had their biggest inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs on two hits and a couple of errors.

Destin rallied in the top of the sixth putting five runs on the board. Edelman hit a solo home run out centerfield to get things rolling. Crews had the other hit of the inning, a double to left for two RBIs. The other two runs scored on passed balls at the plate for a 15-6 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Destin scored one last run with Benton Henderson reaching on a fielder’s choice and later scoring for a 16-6 finish.

“Again, we came out here today and put the ball in play. And our pitching was outstanding,” Griffin said.

Garrity pitched the first five innings for Destin, striking out five, giving up six hits and three walks. Smith finished the last two innings with three strikeouts and no hits.

“We’re starting to play fundamentally as a team,” Griffin said.

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