Destin’s Ava Smith threw a no-hitter against the visiting Pryor Pirates in the Destin Marlins season opener at home Monday afternoon to post a 16-1 victory in middle school softball action.

“Ava did a great for us on the mound today,” said Destin Coach Brittany Cahoon as she walked off the field.

Smith pitched four innings and struck out nine.

Not only did Smith get it done in the pitching circle, but the sixth grader connected for three singles for five RBIs.

However, she wasn’t the only Marlin to shine on the diamond.

“They did great … very good,” Cahoon said of the opener.

“Our hitting really worked for us today,” she added.

The Marlins connected for a total of eight hits.

In addition to Smith’s three hits, eighth grader and lead-off hitter Samantha Sherer belted a triple and a double for a couple of RBIs. Alli McCraw came off the bench and hit a single good for a couple of RBIs as well.

Destin put two runs on the board in the first and rallied in the second to score nine runs. In the third, the Marlins picked up three more and finished off the game in the fourth with two for a 15-run ruling on the game.

As for the Destin defense, it really didn’t get tested.

“We didn’t see a lot of fielding, but when they did, they made the plays,” Cahoon said.

“We didn’t shut down when we had the bases loaded, they came back and fought.”

Pryor picked up their lone run in the third inning.

Up next for the Destin Marlins is a 3:30 p.m. game Wednesday at home against the Meigs Wildcats.