Lady Cougar Embry Thrope throws a strike during her complete-game performance on Thursday's 5-2 defeat to Hancock County.

Lady Cougar Embry Thrope throws a strike during her complete-game performance on Thursday's 5-2 defeat to Hancock County.

The Lady Cougars are starting to put things together. The team is getting healthier, the energy and teamwork from last season is starting to show its face but the wins have yet to come through.

After wrapping up the Spring Break action, the Lady Cougars sat at 3-7, now they are at 3-9, losing 10-2 to Eastern Tuesday on the road and 5-2 to Hancock County Thursday night.

"Well last year we really had a good year and we scheduled a really tough stretch to start the season," said Grayson Softball Coach Eddie Anderson. "Combine that with some injuries and its been just rough for us. Not just physically but mentally."

The rough road continued this week facing Eastern. Grayson mustered up just five hits for two runs while the Eagles tallied up 13 hits after scoring six runs in the first two innings to set the tone.

Despite the defeat, Grayson kept their heads held high.

On Thursday, the whole team was cheering throughout the game, banging drums in the dugout and having coordinated cheers to motivate each other.

It wasn't enough, Hancock County came into the match with a 12-2 record and made sure to add another win to it.

They opened the match hitting a three-run homer, and it turned out to be enough. The cold Lady Cougar bats remained that way.

They had to manufacture their first run getting to home base off a double steal play and Kenzie Renfrow gave Grayson the second run single handily. She hit a triple to the base of the wall in left field and took the home base off a Hancock error in the fifth.

The Lady Hornets responded by scoring two the next half inning to go up three and close the game.

"Despite the result, we are getting better," said Anderson. "we are starting to do well the things we weren't doing to start the season. Like the energy in the dugout, the hustle in every play, running balls out. The stuff we can control. We weren't doing that to start the year and it showed."

Luckily, for the Lady Cougars over half the season is still left on the schedule to make up the ground.

"Now we are starting to get everyone healthy again we can return to normalcy and return to where we were last year," said Anderson.


The emotional roller coaster of a season continued for the Cougars this week. They dominated Meade County 9-1 Monday, but were defeated by Breckinridge 10-0, in five innings, Tuesday and 12-2 by Apollo Thursday by the mercy rule.

Versus Meade, the Cougars added 14 hits for nine runs. Damon Simon, Cain Smith, and Ryan Johnson all had three-hit games and the best version of the Cougars showed up to pick up the win.

In the other two games this week it was the other Cougars that showed up. Grayson had just one hit in the game versus Breckinridge and the Tigers wrapped up the game by mercy rule, pushing home six runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Against Apollo, it wouldn't get much better. The Eagles had 10 for 12 runs after getting the first inning started by scoring seven.

Grayson improved offensively adding up seven hit but they only got two scores off them.

The Cougars are now 6-7 on the year.