A 4-run fifth inning by Macon is all that prevented the Palmyra softball team from a tournament championship at Cairo over the weekend.

The Lady Panthers were not able to hold on to a 5-4 lead over the final three innings, falling to Macon 8-5 in the title game Saturday afternoon.

Megan Stone smacked a 2-run home run in the home half of the fourth inning to give the Lady Panthers a 5-4 lead. It was the lead-off hitter's second extra-base hit of the game, as she delivered an RBI double in the second inning to tie the contest 2-2.

In the top of the fifth inning, Macey Harrington pulled Macon even with an RBI single to left. Sydney Miller followed with a run-scoring single to right before Lauren Chambers capped the inning with a 2-run single to right.

Harrington, who went the distance inside the circle, homered in the third inning to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

“Lauren (VanTress) and Alana (Comstock) both struggled pitching in the game,” Lady Panthes coach Jill Arch said. “They both pitched well in the first two games with both picking up over 10 strikeouts each, but they just couldn’t hit their spots (in the championship) and Macon was able to take advantage of it.”

The Lady Panthers advanced to the championship game with a pair of wins over Schuyler County and Moberly.

Brooke Wilson socked a 2-run game-winning home run in the third inning against Schuyler County. The Lady Panthers backstop also added a pair of doubles and finished with three RBI in the 5-2 win.

Alana Comstock picked up the win for the Lady Panthers with the five-inning complete game. The junior scattered four hits and fanned a season-high 11 batters.

In the semifinals, Lauren VanTress shut down Moberly for an 8-0 win. The Lady Panthers hurler allowed just two hits and fanned 10 batters in the six-inning complete game.

Lexi Arch gave VanTress all the run support she needed with a pair of 2-run singles.

Bailey Lovelace finished the game 3-for-4 at the dish, while Grace Watson and Stone both collected two hits. Wilson added two RBI in the win.

Arch mentioned despite the second-place finish she was happy with the way the offense performed in all three games.

“We made progress offensively this weekend,” she said. “Producing runs have been a weak spot for our team but we were able to score 18 runs this weekend so it’s good to see the progress the girls have made at the plate.”

Palmyra (8-4) will have a chance to avenge its championship game loss to Macon when it plays host to the Tigers on Thursday.