Baseball

Grayson County High School was off this week for Spring Break, but the baseball team still took the diamond.

The Cougars were at the Keaton Hall Wood Bat Memorial hosted by Bardstown, going 1-2 to take their record right to the .500 line at 5-5.

The tournament didn't get off to the best start for Grayson, as they were just edged out by the host Tigers 2-1 Monday night, but they didn't let it linger.

On Tuesday, Grayson got back to winning ways handling Adair County 6-1.

Dain Hawkins was unstoppable on the mound, and the Cougar bats backed him up to pick up the cruising victory. Hawkins went all seven innings on 107 pitches allowing just seven hits while striking out seven with four walks.

The Cougars got up the momentum early with Cain Smith getting an RBI single through the shortstop and Hawkins hitting an RBI line drive to right field to go up 2-0 in the first inning. The two runs proved to be enough with Hawkins on the mound.

The Indians only got on the board in the fifth inning when a sloppy error allowed Adair the chance to load the bases with just one out. Hawkins allowed a single to make a 2-1 game but got a fly out and a strikeout to get out of the jam.

Grayson responded by scoring two runs in the next two innings to close out the game.

Damon Simon and Smith were the top batters in the win with Simon going three for four for three runs and one RBI while Smith went three for three with two RBIs.

But the good vibes from the win didn't carry over to Wednesday.

The Cougars crashed out of the tournament losing a firework fest with Butler County 10-8. Grayson dug themselves into a hole, allowing five runs in the opening three innings and left themselves playing catch up the rest of the way.

Grayson out-hit the Bears 9-7 but still found the loss, turning the engines on too late. Once in the lead, Butler County scored in every half inning after Grayson put in a run in the effort at a comeback.

The last push came in the sixth inning when they put three runs on the board but they were still down two.

The Cougars will return to action on Monday when they travel to Meade County for a 6:30 p.m. game.

Softball

The Lady Cougars were on a spring break trip.

The softball team took advantage of school being out for the week and competed in Upper Cumberland's annual tournament in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Grayson went 1-2 at the event, playing an out-of-state team every time in shortened innings.

They got it started with a 10-6 victory Friday over Gordonsville (TN) where Lindsay O'Neal hit her first home run of the year.

Then the roller coaster season continued for Grayson after the win, losing 7-4 to Gibbs (TN) in the second game and getting blown out 12-0 by Friendship Christian 12-0 in four innings to end their participation on Saturday.

After the weekend, the Lady Cougars now sit at 3-7 in the season. They return to action Tuesday, traveling Eastern for a 7 p.m. game before returning home for a Thursday game versus Hancock County at 5:30 p.m.