Marlins bomb Pryor Pirates

Tina Harbuck

It was bombs away for the Destin Marlins Thursday afternoon as they exploded on the ball for five home run shots out of the park in an 18-1 victory over the Pryor Pirates in middle school baseball action.

Destin eighth grader, Preston Murphy unloaded on the ball for three home run shots for a total of four RBIs, while Luke Edelman and Aiden Garrity each slapped one out.

“We’re swinging it pretty good right now. We’ve got a good approach at the plate,” said Destin Coach Matthew Cawthon.

In addition to Garrity’s three-run homer, he also hit two singles, and Edelman connected for a single.

“Everybody seems to be playing for each other and doing what they’ve got to do for their teammates,” Cawthon said.

Destin started strong in the first inning against the Pirates putting eight runs on the board. Garrity singled and scored a home run by Murphy. Edelman followed with a home run shot as well. The rest of the runs were scored on walks and errors.

In the second, Destin put two more on the board. Cooper Stanford and Alex Cruse each connected for hits.

In the top of the third, the Marlins had another big inning putting eight more runs on the board. Murphy got up to bat twice in the inning, connecting for two home run blasts. Garrity also smacked one over the right center field fence for three RBIs. Edelman, Logan Cann and Blake Orr each had hits.

Pryor scored its only run of the game in the bottom half. Kobe Riggs doubled and scored.

In the top of the fourth, Ethan Davis singled for the Marlins but was left stranded.

Destin held Pryor in check in the bottom half for the 18-1 victory.

Manning the mound for the Marlins were Dylan Matakevich, Donovan Monsees and Orr.

Destin had another big win on the road Wednesday with a 15-0 shutout over the Shoal River Mustangs.

Murphy had a huge day at bat cranking out three home runs. Edelman had two singles in the win as well.

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. home game Monday against the Walton Warriors from DeFuniak Springs.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard and not take a play off,” Cawthon said.