Destin deadlocks with Panthers

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

With the sun setting on the game, the Destin Marlins and Davidson Panthers deadlocked at 9-9 in middle school baseball in Destin.

“We just ran out of daylight,” said Destin Coach Matt Cawthon.

The two teams finished five complete innings, ending in a tie. However there was talk that the game may be finished up at a later date.

In the meantime, Cawthon was proud of his Marlins.

“They got in a hole, 6-3, and they came back ... that was a step in the right direction,” he said. “We’re a very young team, so for them to be young and come back like that ... showed some heart and something we can build on.”

In the top of the first, Davidson put two runs on the board on a home run shot from Will Mowery.

Destin came back with three runs on one hit from Austin McDowell.

In the second, Davidson put four runs on the board on two bombs. Dalton Kolmetz blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence and then Mowery connected for his second home run of the day smacking it over the center field fence hitting the track around the football field. Davidson led 6-3.

The Marlins came up empty in the second.

After making some pitching changes, Destin’s Hunter Barber sat the Panthers down quickly on three straight strikeouts in the top of the third.

In the bottom half, Destin closed the gap on the game with two runs. Barber ripped one over the left field fence for a solo home-run shot. Bowen Price walked and scored on a double from Gavin Garrity for a 6-5 game.

In the top of the fourth, Destin sat the Panthers down again with a groundout, strikeout and a pop fly.

In the bottom of the fourth, Destin put three runs on the board to go up 8-6. Logan Reeder and McDowell hit back-to-back singles up the middle before Barber blasted his second homer of the day over the left field fence for a three-run shot.

With the sun starting to go down on the game, Davidson picked up three runs. Kometz doubled for two RBIs.

In the bottom half, Destin evened the score with Garrity reaching on an error and scoring for a 9-9 tie as the game was called.

Destin used four pitchers in the game.

“Our plan was not to throw anybody too much,” Cawthon said. “We’re trying to work everybody in the rotation as we can. Right now we’re just trying to get everybody on the hill and see who is going to be our play makers.”

Jace Cunningham started on the mound giving up two hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Price Bowen came in next and gave up two hits, three runs and one walk. Barber pitched two and a half innings, gave up one hit, two runs, struck out five and walked two. Owen Davis finished, up giving up two hits, one run, and struck out two.