Lady Marlins rip Davidson, move on to title game

Tina Harbuck
Destin's Mary Owens went the distance for the Marlins in a 11-0 win over the Davidson Panthers in the Okaloosa County Middle School softball playoffs. Owen also had two doubles and five RBIs in the victory. [FILE PHOTO]

The Destin Marlins took care of business early and fast to put the Davidson Panthers way 11-0 in the Okaloosa County Middle School softball playoffs Monday afternoon in Destin.

With the win the Marlins advance to the championship game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Niceville against the Ruckel Rams.

Last week the Marlins fell to the Rams 10-0.

So what will it take to beat the Rams?

“We’ve got to play both offense and defense,” said Destin Coach Brittany Cahoon.

Last week the Marlins hit the ball, but made five errors on defense.

“Defense killed us last time,” she said.

However, the defense was spot on during Monday's game when they handled the Panthers.

“Our defense was there for us today,” Cahoon said.

Shortstop Bailey Phillips and second baseman Samantha Sherer fielded many grounders for putouts with Sherer pulling off a double play in the fourth. Mary Owens in the pitching circle also fielded a couple of grounders and made a catch for some outs.

As for the bats, the Marlins ripped the ball for 13 hits with Sherer leading the attack with three hits, including a solo home run. Phillips, Owens and Marley Boykin each had two hits, while Braden Runnels, Miranda Treadway, Makenzie Toth and Alyanni Enriquez each had one.

“We did amazing today,” Cahoon said.

To start, Destin’s Sherer led off with a blast over the centerfield fence.

“It was a high fast ball,” Sherer said of her second home run of the season.

In the second, Destin exploded for six runs on six hits. Enriquez singled and scored on a passed ball. Boykin singled to right and scored on a single from Sherer. Runnels ripped a single up the middle and Treadway walked. Owens drilled a double to right center for two RBIs. Owens scored on a hit from Toth.

In the bottom of the third, Destin added four more runs. With one out, Boykin doubled and scored on a single from Sherer. Phillips singled and Treadway walked. Both Phillips and Treadway scored on a double up the middle by Owens.

The Destin defense shut the Panthers down in both the fourth and fifth innings on groundouts and pop ups for the win.

For the game, Owens went the distance in the pitching circle striking out two, walking one and giving up three hits.