Palmyra scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 12-2 six-inning romp over Macon on Thursday.
The Palmyra softball team left the Cairo Tournament with a sour taste in its mouth. The Lady Panthers were unable to hold onto an early lead against Macon in the championship game.
The rematch happened Thursday evening at Flower City Park with bigger stakes on the line.
This time there would be no letdown.
The Lady Panthers scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 12-2 six-inning romp over their conference foe.
“This is our home field and we wanted to come out charged up tonight,” junior Alana Comstock said. “Saturday wasn’t as important as this game was since tonight was a conference game and we knew we could beat these guys.”
Comstock worked a perfect first inning inside the circle. Then the Lady Panther bats took over.
Megan Stone laced a lead-off double to deep left-center field. Lexi Arch followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0.
Arch would come around to score after a base hit by Bailey Lovelace and infield single by Brooke Wilson. Comstock capped the inning with a 2-out, 2-run double.
“We really wanted to come out here and focus on attacking good pitches,” Comstock said of the Panthers approach at the plate. “We wanted to lay off the rise ball and look for pitches we could drive. And I thought our offense did a really good job of that today.”
Macon came back with a single tally in the second inning. The Tigerettes loaded the bases with no out, but Comstock limited the damage.
Palmyra regained the momentum with a 2-out rally in the home half of the second.
Bailey Lovelace smacked an RBI double before Anderson and Comstock followed with run-scoring hits for a 7-1 lead.
“You always want to be able to continuing scoring runs in a game, especially after the other team scores,” Lady Panthers coach Jill Arch said of the 3-run second inning. “Those runs were huge.”
Macon scored an unearned run in the fifth inning, but again the Panthers offense answered.
Wilson hit a towering 2-run home run in the last of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 9-2. It was Wilson’s third home run in her last six games and fourth of the season.
“Brooke is battling sickness, so it was good to see her hit that home run tonight,” Arch said of her backstop.
An inning later the Panthers enforced the mercy rule with three more tallies.
For the game, Palmyra pounded out 15 hits, six of which went for extra bases. Every batter in the Panthers lineup either recorded a hit, drove in a run or scored a run.
“We talk about see the ball and hit the ball,” the Lady Panthers coach said. “Tonight I thought we did a real nice job of being selective at the plate and swung at good pitches and laid off the others.”
Comstock scattered four hits and fanned three batters in the complete-game win.
“I am super proud of the way she battled tonight,” Arch said of her ace. “She has been a little up and down of late and she’s not been happy with herself, but tonight I thought she pitched really well.”
Lovelace and Comstock both finished 3-for-4 at the dish, while Stone, Arch, Wilson and Anderson all collected two hits.
Morgan Ingram walked three times and scored once.
Palmyra improved to 11-4 on the season.