Cain Smith throws a pitch ealier in action ealier in the season. Smith is a leadingplayer for the Couagrs comming up with a Walk off hit this week.  (Jose Juan Ruiz/ File Art)

Cain Smith throws a pitch ealier in action ealier in the season. Smith is a leadingplayer for the Couagrs comming up with a Walk off hit this week.

(Jose Juan Ruiz/ File Art)

Baseball

The postseason is just around the corner and the Cougars fell into a slump in the final week of the regular season.

Grayson was flying high after a 5-1 road victory last Friday, which put them at 17-13 and extended a winning streak to seven.

Since then, the Cougars have gone 1-4 allowing, 43 runs in the five games.

Last Saturday, the Cougars hosted a double header and suffered back-to-back blowout losses.

In the first game, Owensboro hammered the Cougars 15-5 which set the tone for the rest for the rest of the week.

Then came an 10-4 defeat by the hands of Meade County.

Grayson opened up with a 2-0 lead, capitalizing off two Greenwave errors in the first inning, but then the Meade County offense woke up.

They put one in the third, five in the fourth, another in the fifth and three more in the sixth, to take the Cougars right out of the game. Meade finished the game out hitting Grayson 16-5.

Alex Scott finished the game with a loss on the mound, and Briley Napier was the only Cougars player to get more than one hit.

On Monday it seemed like the bad times were quickly forgotten.

The Cougars took a 10-9 win over Bardstown in walk-off fashion at home.

The Cougars exploded for seven runs in the opening three frames, scoring more runs in those three innings than they had in their past seven games.

But they still managed to blow the lead. Up 7-3 and needing just three outs, Grayson allowed the Tigers to put up five runs and take an 8-7 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cain Smith came to the rescue and forced an extra inning. Napier started the inning off getting hit by a pitch and Smith drove him home, hitting a triple down the left field line.

In the eighth, for a moment it looked like it was going to be Bardstown's game, going up 9-8 in the top of the inning, but in the bottom half Grayson showed their claws.

Ryan Johnson, Noah Bullock and Damon Simon all got three straight singles to load the bases. Then Napier got hit by a pitch again, bringing a run home to tie it and Smith ended it with simple ground ball.

The big extra innings win had no carry over.

Their next time out, the Cougars got edged out 2-1 by Daviess County Tuesday night. One day after getting 10 runs the Grayson bats went cold tallying up just five hits.

Smith hit a sacrifice fly, driving home Johnson in the sixth to open the scoring, but Daviess responded by putting two in the bottom half of the inning and take the win.

In the last game of the week, the bad times continued, losing to Warren Central 7-5 in extra innings.

The loss on Thursday put the Cougars at 18-17 on the season, needing to win their last home game of season Friday night versus Hancock County to guarantee themselves being above the .500 line.

The poor week had no effect on Grayson's postseason ranking, as they still sit on top of the district rankings with 5-2 record within the teams.

Their playoff match up begins on Monday, facing Trinity (Whitesville) on Trinity's field at 5:30 p.m. in the district semifinals. A win guarantees that Grayson will play in the regional tournament but a loss would end their season right there.

Softball

The Lady Cougars have had a rough season, but they finally found some good news.

Sitting at 5-23 with a nine game losing streak, Grayson finally got a win Thursday night, beating Breckinridge County 9-5.

The Lady Cougars exploded for 16 hits. Lindsay O'Neal went 4-5 at the plate, Jenna Nash went 3-5 with 2 RBIs and the trio of Kenzie Renfrow, Bailey Snyder and Rachel Snyder all had multi hit games.

The nine runs scored were the Lady cougars fourth highest scoring performance, and gave The Lady Cougars their sixth victory of the season.

The win was much-needed good news for Grayson that had piled up three more loses during the week. On Monday, they got throttled by Trinity 20-7, then lost 7-0 to Edmonson County on Tuesday before turning it around Thursday night.

Grayson County will host the district Tournament this year but will have a hard time finding success this time around.

They face Butler County at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to kick off the lost season event. Butler County won the two earlier meetings this year by a combined score of 26-5.