After a slow start, the Destin Marlin blasted the Baker Gators 20-2 in middle school softball action Monday evening in Baker.

Baker got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.

As for the Marlins, they didn’t get on the board until the fourth inning. But once they opened up the gate, the hits just kept coming.

“We finally started lighting the bats up in the fourth and it was just base hit after base hit,” said Destin Coach Kati O’Brian.

Jessica Pierce ripped a triple in the fourth, while Olivia Payne doubled. Others connecting for singles were Hannah Isham, Blakely York and Mykean Pope. At the end of the fourth, Destin was on top 5-1.

In the fifth, the Marlins picked up two more runs on walks and errors.

In the sixth, Destin scored two more. With a runner on base, Ava Smith smacked the first pitch over the left center field fence for her second home run of the season.

“I thought it was going to hit the fence,” Smith said.

“I didn’t know it went over until I got to second base and heard the coaches yelling,” she said.

In the top of the seventh, the Marlins buried the Gators scoring 11 runs on a couple of hits with walks and errors mixed in.

Baker scored one last run in the bottom of the seventh.

“The team is looking great coming into the district finals,” O’Brian said. “The defense and offense … everything is working right now. We just have to keep it going.”

Destin has one last home game on Friday at 4 p.m. against the Bruner Spartans with the district tournament starting on Monday.