After a slow start, the Destin Marlins rallied to pull off an 11-5 victory over the visiting Shoal River Mustangs from Crestview in middle school softball action Monday afternoon.

“Once again our batting and base running came through for us,” said Destin Coach Brittany Cahoon. "We didn’t let the little mistakes we made in the field hurt us. We over came and conquered.”

This was the third straight victory for the Lady Marlins.

Cahoon applauded the play of her sixth grade combo, Ava Smith at pitcher and MJ Toth at catcher, as well as fifth grader Ashlyn Priest at second.

As for top hitters, Elaina Perkins tripled while Ashlyn Priest and Kaylin Winter each singled for an RBI.

Shoal River took the early lead with one run in the first inning.

Destin got on the board in the second with three runs on walks and crafty base running.

In the third, Destin added two more runs. Perkins started things off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Smith, who walked, scored the other run, also on a wild pitch for a 5-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Shoal River scored one.

Destin answered with two runs in the bottom half. Grayson King and Samantha Sherer each walked. King scored on a single from Winter and Sherer made it in on a throwing error.

In the fifth, Destin scored four more runs. Priest and Olivia Payne each hit singles.

In the top of the sixth, Shoal River scored the last three runs.

For the game, Smith went the distance in the pitching circle with 10 strike outs and two walks.

Up next for Destin is a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday in DeFuniak Springs at Walton Middle School.