The Palmyra softball team improved to 15-5 on the season with a 2-1 finish at the Centralia tournament over the weekend.

The Palmyra softball team improved to 15-5 on the season with a 2-1 finish at the Centralia tournament over the weekend.

The Lady Panthers were tripped up by Class 3 Mexico, 6-3, in the opening round before bouncing back with wins over Macon (2-1) and Monett (8-0) in the consolation bracket.

The 15 wins on the season marks the most in a season since an 18-4 campaign in 2013.

In the tournament opener, the Bulldogs scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Mexico tacked on single tally in the fifth inning before three more in the top of the sixth for a commanding 6-0 lead.

Megan Stone recorded a 2-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the Bulldogs shutout, as the Lady Panthers made the game interesting.

Lauren VanTress suffered the loss for Palmyra. She scattered seven hits and fanned seven. Half of the six runs she allowed were unearned.

“Mexico is a really tough team so not to take anything away from them, but we didn’t play like the normal team you see out on the field,” Lady Panthers catcher Brooke Wilson said of the loss.

Lexi Arch and Stone both finished 2-for-4 at the plate in the loss.

The Panthers' meeting with Macon was the third time the two Clarence Cannon Conference foes have tangled on the diamond this season. Unlike the first two previous meetings, this time a pitchers' duel would break out.

Alana Comstock went the distance for the Lady Panthers inside the circle. The junior hurler allowed six hits and struck out five.

Wilson provided the offense for Palmyra as she drove in both runs.

The Lady Panthers starting catcher knocked home Stone with a 2-out RBI double in the top of the first inning and recorded another 2-out RBI hit in the top of the third inning.

“My bat wasn’t where I wanted it to be in the first game so I knew getting the two RBI was kind of a way to make up for that,” Wilson said. “It was my third time seeing their pitcher so I went in comfortable knowing what she’s capable of and just adjusted to it.”

Wilson finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish.

Macon scored its lone run in the last of the fifth and threatened to tie the contest. The Tigerettes had runners on second and third with just one out, before Comstock snagged a liner and got out of the jam with a strikeout.

In the tournament finale, Bailey Lovelace had a field day with Monett pitching. The Lady Panthers sophomore went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the shutout.

Lovelace ripped a 2-out, 2-run double in the fourth before smacking a 2-out, 2-run home run in the sixth.

“That is my first home run I had had over the fence so it was pretty exciting,” Lovelace admitted. “It was my third time at bat so I just adjusted and hit the ball to left field.”

Morgan Ingram, Grace Watson and Comstock all finished 3-for-4 in the win. Comstock added a double, while Ingram knocked home two.

Alyssa Loman and Arch both added two hits in part of the 17-hit offensive attack for the Lady Panthers.

“I think we realized after the Mexico game we needed to come out and play with more energy,” Lovelace said. “And in the last two games I think we did have more energy and as a result we had better hits. We played those two games more like we know how.”

VanTress picked up the win as she tossed the first six innings. The junior scattered four hits and recorded five punchouts.

Palmyra plays at Canton on Monday.