The Mark Twain softball team led in the sixth inning but couldn't close it out during an 11-7 loss at Montgomery County on Tuesday.

The Mark Twain softball team was in prime position to claim its first win of the season Tuesday night.

The bottom of the sixth inning stood in the way.

Montgomery County came to life to plate five runs in the frame, erasing a one-run deficit en route to an 11-7 Eastern Missouri Conference victory. 

Mark Twain, which collected 16 hits but only produced runs in two innings, went down in order in the seventh to conclude the contest. 

The Lady Tigers were in business early on, scoring five times in the top of the second to go ahead 5-2.

The Lady Wildcats responded for a run in the bottom of the second and two more in the third to tie the game at 5.

Montgomery County held a 6-5 lead through five innings.

Paige Eddington delivered an RBI single in the sixth for Mark Twain to knot the score again, and Autumn Arndt grounded out to score Emma Ross for the Lady Tigers' go-ahead run. 

But Montgomery County's first six batters reached base in the bottom of the sixth — via three singles and three walks.

The Lady Wildcats took the lead back, this time for good. 

Ashley Queathem pitched a complete game to earn the win for Montgomery County, while Sydnee Brothers was charged with the loss for Mark Twain.

Dakota Pulley led the Lady Wildcats' 13-hit attack with five RBIs, while Brooklyn Fischer had three hits in the win.

Bria Hooley went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk and was one of seven Mark Twain players to post a multi-hit game.

Emma Clarkson, Elizabeth Trower, Arndt, Brothers, Kenleigh Epperson and Ross each collected two hits.

Trower and Ross drove in two runs a piece.

Mark Twain committed five errors in the defeat. 

The Lady Tigers (0-3) are scheduled to play at Bowling Green on Thursday.