The Conway softball team dropped a 9-6 decision to Perryville at Lady Cat Field on Monday after the game was tied heading into the final inning.

With the score knotted 5-5 through six innings, the Lady Mustangs plated four runs in the top of the seventh and held Conway, which has had to replace every starter from last season’s team, to just one run to take the win. That dropped the young Lady Cats’ record to 1-6 on the season.

"We had played our best softball to date," Conway coach Chad Longing said of the first six frames. "We started showing some resemblance of a softball team."

The teams battled close most of the game. The score was tied 2-2 after the first and 3-3 after two innings of play. Conway took a 4-3 lead in the fourth and held that until the sixth.

The Lady Cats had nine hits in the game, led by Chelsea Cowles’ 2-for-2 effort.

"Offensively, I thought we held our own," Longing said. "Unfortunately, we couldn’t get 21 outs quick enough."

Hanna Cooper, who also had an RBI double, pitched the first six innings for the Lady Cats before Morgan Setzler came on in the seventh. Emily Gould had an RBI single in the loss.

"A lot of it was contact with nothing to show for," Longing said.

Conway will return to action Thursday at Mount St. Mary.