The Grayson County High School baseball team receive tehir district runners up trophy after losing 10-9 to Butler County Tuesday at Trinity.

The Grayson County High School baseball team receive tehir district runners up trophy after losing 10-9 to Butler County Tuesday at Trinity.

Baseball

The Grayson County High School baseball team was just one run away from competing as repeating 12th district champions but then came a nine-run collapse.

On Tuesday night, the Cougars were rolling into another championship against Butler County at Trinity. Through four innings, Grayson found themselves up 9-0 needing just one more run to force the mercy rule.

In the first, it was Cain Smith with a simple RBI ground out to make 1-0. Then came great base running from Andrew Haycraft in the second, taking home on a passed ball after hitting a triple.

That was followed up by a seven-run explosion to put one hand on the trophy in the fourth. Gavin Childress, Ryan Johnson, Noah Bullock, Briley Napier, Smith and Dain Hawkins all finished with RBIs in the inning.

Grayson was having a picture perfect district tournament until then. They reached the final dismantling host Trinity 10-0 in six innings, getting their postseason started on a 19-0 run in 10 innings of action.

The good times then came to a sudden halt.

The Butler offense woke up and never stopped, taking the district title right out of Grayson's hands. The Cougars had to record nine outs while defending their nine-run lead, but the Bears scored 10 unanswered runs.

Grayson still seemed in control, allowing Butler to score just three in the fifth, one in the sixth to still have a five-run cushion to close out the game, but it wasn't enough.

Butler scored six to take the lead in the top of the seventh, taking the momentum from the game and stunning the Cougars, who were in disbelief over what just happened.

The last hope was in the bottom of the inning when Smith started it off with a single, but that was ensued by a double play and a ground out to finish the game.

Luckily for Grayson, that isn't the end of their 2019 campaign, they still have a chance to take the bad tastes away from their mouths.

The win on Monday versus Trinity qualified Grayson for the Regional tournament this week.

The room for error is gone, but the Cougars still have a chance to bring home some silverware. They begin action in the regional tournament this Monday versus Breckinridge at Owensboro at 5:30 p.m.

Softball

The Lady Cougars came up with a surprise.

The Grayson County High School softball team was having a nightmare season, and it seemed destined to end last Tuesday.

After going 6-24 in the season, the Lady Cougars beat Butler County 5-4 to advance to the district finals and earn a place in the regional tournament.

The win was a huge boost for Grayson who lost both games to the Lady Bears in the regular season in mercy rule fashion by a combined score of 26-5. In the elimination game, Grayson held them to just four and mustered up just enough offense to complete the shock.

Kenzie Renfrow led the way going 3-3 at the plate and scoring two of the five runs for Grayson.

The good fortunes had no carry over to the final.

On Wednesday, Grayson was dominated by Trinty 14-2 in five innings, but the important job was already done.

The Lady Cougars still don't know their opponent with the regional bracket yet to come out, but they do know they will be part of the party.

Last year, the Lady Cougars made it all the way to the Regional final before losing to Apollo; this year, they will be looking to repeat the Cinderella run.