Destin Marlins put away Davidson and Shoal River in baseball

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

After putting away the Davidson Panthers 13-5 on the road March 17, the Destin Marlins blasted the Shoal River Mustangs 12-1 in Destin on March 25 in middle school baseball. 

“They did good today,” Destin coach Matt Cawthon said after the win over Shoal River. 

Destin's Brody Ray was 3-for-3 at bat with four RBIs against the Shoal River Mustangs. Destin won 12-1.

“It was good getting others rotated in,” he said, noting a lot of the sixth- and seventh-graders saw playing time. "Everybody hit the ball, we played pretty good defense and pitched the ball well. It was a good all-around game.”

Destin jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, then picked up two more runs in the second. The Marlins added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth. 

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Shoal scored its lone run in the top of the third. 

The top batter for the Marlins was sixth-grader Brody Ray with four RBIs on three hits. Zack Clark and Logan Reeder both connected for two hits. 

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Will Blanchard and Wyatt Wainwright manned the mound for Destin. 

“They both looked really good on the hill,” Cawthon said. “Their arms are looking alive and they are throwing a lot of strikes.” 

Destin's Wyatt Wainwright pitched the last three innings against Shoal River. Destin won 12-1.

Blanchard threw the first two innings, struck out five, walked three and gave up no hits and one unearned run. Wainwright threw the last three, struck out seven, had no walks and one hit. 

At Davidson on March 17, Destin took a 5-0 lead in the first four innings, then picked up one run in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Destin exploded for six runs. 

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The Marlins had 15 hits in the game with Jordan Figueroa, Austin McDowell and Wainwright each hitting home runs. Figueroa was the top batter with three hits. McDowell, Wainwright, Reeder and Christian Erlich  had multiple hits. 

Up next for Destin is a 4:30 p.m. home game Wednesday, March 31, against the Ruckel Rams of Niceville.