Destin Marlins pound Walton Warriors

Tina Harbuck
Jackson Smith closed for the Destin Marlins against the Walton Warriros in a 14-5 win Monday afternoon in DeFuniak Springs. Smith also clobbered a two-run homer in the second inning for the Marlins. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

After a slow start, the Destin Marlins exploded in the second inning with eight runs to put them on the road to a 14-5 victory over the Walton Warriors in middle school baseball action Monday afternoon in DeFuniak Springs.

“Our timing of hits placed together in the second inning was a big factor,” said Destin Coach Daniel Griffin.

In the second inning, Destin connected for seven hits with eighth grader Jackson Smith capping it off with a home run shot that sailed over the centerfield fence for two RBIs.

The hit was just one of three for Smith, he also had two singles.

Altogether Destin connected for 17 hits. Aiden Garrity and Blake Orr each had three hits, while Jackson Crews, Preston Murphy and Jayden Kinkopf had two. Benton Henderson and Ben Price each had one hit.

Not only did the Marlins get the job done at the plate, but in the field as well.

“Our fielding is coming around,” Griffin said, noting a catch by Luke Edelman at first and a play by Smith at short stop.

Walton got on the board first with two runs in the first inning.

Destin then answered with eight in the top of the second.

Walton scored one in the bottom of the third, and then Destin picked up one more in the top of the fourth.

In the fifth, Walton scored one for a 9-4 game.

In the sixth, each team scored one run, and then the Marlins finished it off in the top of the seventh with four runs.

Manning the mound for Destin was Henderson and Smith.

Up next for the Marlins is a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday in Niceville against the Ruckel Rams.