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Lady Eagles begin 2019 season

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    Tesa Shelton throws a pitch during Putnam County’s scrimmage against Lake Oconee Academy. The Lady Eagles began their season this week with a game against Johnson County on the road. PHOTO: Brandon Bush


The Lady Eagles have taken the softball field again.

Putnam County’s softball season began on Monday when the Lady Eagles traveled to Johnson County for their season opener. They also hosted their home opener when Washington County came to town on Wednesday.

The Lady Eagles have been adjusting to a coaching change as new head coach Paul Stokes has taken over this season. The Lady Eagles seek to achieve more success this season than they did a year ago where, despite having a talented team, they were not able to always translate it into wins.

The Lady Eagles were already able to show some success in a recent preseason scrimmage against Lake Oconee Academy. After trailing 14-1 and facing a mercy-rule elimination in just the third inning, the Lady Eagles fought back in the following innings to bring the score to a closer, 14-10 game.

Last season, the Lady Eagles went 3-16 on the year. However, despite the record, the Lady Eagles performed far better than the scoreboard showed many times.

They began last season by completely thumping Baldwin County in a quick, 15-0 win. They also finished the season with a 13-6 beating of Glascock County. They were also given a win due to a loss to Rabun County being forfeited, giving them a region win and allowing them to appear in postseason play.

There is a good chance that the Lady Eagles will be able to do much better than three wins this season, and Putnam should be able to compete with its region opponents this season for a chance to reach the postseason yet again.

It will take some adjusting, but a fresh start for Putnam softball could be the key to having a successful season and being on its way to being a stronger softball program in 2019.