Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High junior Isaac Belton delivers a fourth-inning pitch.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High junior Isaac Belton delivers a fourth-inning pitch.

The Macon County High School baseball team was attempting to clinch the District 8-AA regular-season championship for the second consecutive season, but the host squad couldn't hold on to an early lead, suffering a 7-5 setback to visiting DeKalb County on April 30.

Macon County fell to 7-3 in district play and finished one game behind Smith County, which was 8-2.

However, Macon County had already clinched the district's western division title.

Macon County scored the game's first five runs.

Senior Kade Allen led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, and junior Cameron Mercer singled. Senior Logan Thompson singled to drive in Allen, and Belton singled in both Mercer and Thompson.

Then, freshman Oakley Stinson came through with a two-out single to drive in Belton.

Meador's two-out single in the second inning drove in junior Connor Trent, creating a 5-0 margin.

However, DeKalb County's Skyler Sparks hit a solo home run in the two-run fourth, and teammate Logan Cornelius belted a two-run home run to highlight the four-run fifth.

Sophomore Jordon Steen came on in relief of Belton -- the starting pitcher -- after DeKalb County took the lead in the fifth.

Over the final 21/3 innings, Steen allowed an unearned run on three hits and struck out one hitter.

Belton allowed six earned runs on nine hits over his 42/3 innings of work, striking out six hitters.

Macon County finished with eight hits. Both Meador and Thompson provided two hits.