It was a bit of a struggle, but the Destin Marlins pulled off a 7-4 road victory over the Davidson Panthers in middle school softball action Monday afternoon in Crestview.



"It was ugly," said Destin Coach Warren Whitaker.



"The hitting wasn't there, but we did get some bunts. We played the short game."



Mollie Seeling, Nikki Cobble and Madison Henry each put down bunts for hits.



Destin got on the board first with three runs in the top of the third inning. Davidson answered with one in the bottom half.



In the fourth, each team managed to put a run on the books.



In the top of the fifth, Destin scored two runs and then Davidson answered with one in the bottom half.



The Marlins scored one more in the top of the sixth for a 7-3 lead.



With time running out, the Panthers got one last shot in the bottom of the sixth, but were stifled by the Marlins, scoring only one run and leaving runners on base.



"We were very aggressive on the bases," Whitaker said. "But we just weren't sound. We got lucky."



Up next for the Marlins, 7-1, is a 4 p.m. game today at Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach.