Garrity powers out two in win over Meigs

Tina Harbuck
Destin's Aiden Garrity backs up on an inside pitch Monday afternoon at Meigs Middle School. Garrity cranked out two homers for two RBIs in the 11-6 middle school victory. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

Not just one, but two home runs.

Destin eighth grader Aiden Garrity hit back-to-back home runs for the Destin Marlins in an 11-6 victory over the Meigs Wildcats in Shalimar Monday afternoon.

“Garrity finally got a hold of a couple … he was huge for us today,” said Destin Coach Matthew Cawthon.

Garrity ripped a solo homer in the third and then a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

“The first one was a high fast ball and the next one was a low change-up,” Garrity said about the pitches he nailed over the fence.

The two home runs were his first of the season.

Garrity wasn’t the only Marlin to make contact with the ball.

“We hit the ball hard,” Cawthon said.

He said there were times when it didn’t work out for the best with outs and other situations.

“But overall we swung it … we hit a lot of line drives,” he said.

Caleb Reeder had multiple hits for the Marlins with a three-for-four performance with a single and two doubles for four RBIs. Cooper Stanford connected for two singles for two RBIs, while Logan Cann and Blake Orr each hit singles.

Destin got on the board early with one run in the first inning.

In the top of the third, Destin picked up three more runs. Garrity led with a home run over the centerfield fence. Cann and Orr each walked and scored on a double to right center by Reeder.

Meigs evened the score in the bottom half with four runs on a couple of hits. Sam Duggan had a triple for an RBI.

In the top of the fourth, Destin got the advantage back with two runs. Jackson Crews walked and stole around to third before Garrity belted his second homer over the centerfield fence for a 6-4 game.

In the fifth, the Marlins scored two more. Cann singled to left and scored on a single up the middle from Stanford. Orr, who walked, scored on a groundout by Parker Hill.

Meigs answered with two in the bottom half.

Running out of daylight, the teams went one more inning.

In the top of the sixth, Destin scored three runs. Cann reached on an error and Orr singled to right. Reeder ripped a double to right center for two RBIs and Stanford followed with a single up the middle to bring in Reeder for an 11-6 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Destin’s Garrity sat the Wildcats down quickly on two strike outs and a groundout for the win.

“We pitched the ball really well from start to finish,” Cawthon said.

Luke Edelman started on the mound, faced 15 batters, struck out five and walked five. Alex Kruse came in and faced 11 batters, struck out one, walked one and gave up four hits. Garrity finished up with three batters and two strike outs.

“Overall we threw the ball well,” Cawthon said.

Up next for Destin is a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday in Crestview against the Shoal River Mustangs. On Thursday, Destin has a makeup game at Pryor at 4:30 p.m.