Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High sophomore third baseman Madilyn Goodall throws to first base.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High sophomore third baseman Madilyn Goodall throws to first base.

WATERTOWN -- The Macon County High School softball team stood two outs away from advancing to the Region 4-AA Tournament.

However, those outs proved to be elusive as the Tigerettes didn't score over their final seven turns at-bat, bowing out of the District 8-AA Tournament with losses to Livingston Academy (11-9) and DeKalb County (14-0) last Wednesday evening at Watertown High School.

Top-seeded Macon County faced No. 3 seed Livingston Academy in the winner's bracket final, with the winner advancing to the championship game and also earning a regional berth.

In a back-and-forth contest, the Tigerettes rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 9-7 lead into the top of the seventh.

However, freshman Jazlyn Flowers hit her second home run of the game -- a two-run blast -- to tie the contest at 7.

Then, following a throwing error in the top of the eighth, Lady Wildcat senior Abi Ledbetter hit a two-run home run off of the scoreboard in leftfield, which proved to be the difference.

Juniors Raini Gerometta and Morgan Carter singled in the bottom of the eighth, but a ground ball and a lineout ended the contest.

Macon County led in the game's early stages, with freshman Trista Jenkins doubling down the rightfield line in the second inning to drive in sophomore Madilyn Goodall.

Then, Tigerette sophomore Abby Shoulders scored on a third-inning wild pitch before Goodall singled in freshman courtesy runner Myle Crowder for a 3-0 lead.

Livingston Academy senior Jordan Key tripled with two outs in the top of the fourth to drive in a pair of runs, but Macon County senior Rachel Ritchie tripled to lead off the bottom of the frame and scored on freshman Makenzie Stafford's safety squeeze bunt, extending the advantage to 4-2.

Macon County starting pitcher Allyson Shoulders struggled with her control, issuing eight base on balls. She walked two batters and hit another with a pitch in the top of the fifth, bringing Gerometta on in relief.

Flowers greeted Gerometta with a grand slam over the fence in centerfield, capping the five-run inning and giving her squad a 7-4 lead.

Allyson Shoulders responded with a double in the bottom of the fifth to drive in Crowder and Abby Shoulders.

Then, Carter's sacrifice fly drove in Stafford in the three-run sixth before sophomore Alexis Dean scored thanks to a throwing error. Then, Goodall came through with a two-out single to drive in Abby Shoulders, giving the Tigerettes a 9-7 advantage.

Goodall and Abby Shoulders combined for five of Macon County's 12 hits.

The Tigerettes captured a 9-4 win over Livingston Academy on April 24.

• Then, after second-seeded DeKalb County avoided elimination with an 11-1 win over No. 4 seed Upperman, Macon County faced DeKalb County later that night, ending its season with a five-inning loss.

The game ended due to the 10-run, mercy rule after five innings of play.

The two teams played in Lafayette on March 21, with Macon County capturing a 7-4 victory. However, DeKalb County rolled to a 12-1, five-inning win when they played in Smithville on April 11.

In last Wednesday's contest, the Lady Tigers erupted for six runs in the first inning, added four more in the second, one in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Jenkins singled in the second inning, the lone hit for the Tigerettes.

DeKalb County pounded out 17 hits, including five extra-base hits.

The Lady Tigers earned a spot in the region tournament with the win and advanced to Thursday evening's 8-AA Tournament championship game, suffering a 7-5 loss to Livingston Academy in the title tilt.

The Tigerettes ended their season with a 26-11 record and lose three seniors -- Ritchie, Allyson Shoulders and Hannah Keene.