Eagles baseball continues to struggle

Boswell swings at a pitch to try and get the War Eagles on base.

PHOTO: Brandon Bush

By Brandon Bush



Putnam County’s baseball team hit another brick wall last week.

After losing a previous game to Washington County on the road just two days prior, the War Eagles played a second game against the Golden Hawks on Thursday where they were defeated 12-0, invoking the mercy rule and ending the game after just five innings. The two losses to Washington County put the Eagles at 1-3 before their Friday game against Athens Academy the very next day.

Simon Petite started the game on the mound, walking his first batter before striking out the second. Petite struck out four Washington County batters during the contest, but walked many more to set up the Hawks with some early runs.

After walking four runners to give Washington an easy run, Raymond Lee took over as pitcher for the War Eagles. However, Putnam’s pitching woes continued as the Hawks’ bats got hot and Washington kept the bases loaded for five consecutive runners, increasing its lead to 9-0 one man at a time.

Like Petite, Lee struck out four batters out during the short game, but he would beam that same amount of batters to get them on base. Despite only having two batters make hits off Lee, the Golden Hawks took advantage of Putnam’s issues on the mound to gain a majority of their runs.

“We just didn’t pitch well at all,” War Eagles coach Matt Riden said. “We hit and walked numerous batters. They had two hits, and yet they had 12 runs. We just have to do a better job of locating our pitches and repeating our mechanics. We had three games this week, so we’ve been strapped for pitching.”

As for their batting, the War Eagles found trouble making contact with the ball as well; Lee, John Lindsay, James Mead, Jeremy Humphries and Kaden Corbitt each struck out while Robert Boswell struck out twice. During Putnam’s final at-bat during the fifth inning, Humphries managed to connect with a pitch and eventually reach third base, but that was the closest the War Eagles came to scoring all night as Boswell was struck out for Putnam’s third and final out of the game.

With a 1-3 record now in its hands, Putnam County found no better luck the next day as the War Eagles traveled to the Georgia Bulldogs’ hometown to face Athens Academy, falling 10-0 and descending to 1-4. Although Putnam was still having trouble bringing its players back to home plate, it only allowed three runs before the sixth inning.

The War Eagles were again denied, however, as the Spartans ripped off seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to jump to 10-0, giving Athens Academy the lead it needed for another early defeat for Putnam.

Putnam County has lost four straight since winning its first game of the season against Glascock County earlier this month. Despite the War Eagles’ early struggles, the season is far from over as Putnam is still a week away from facing its first region opponent.

“I think we just need to relax,” Riden said. “We’re playing uptight right now. [The players] put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform, and when they don’t it gets more stressful for them. We have more games, so we just need to forget about [previous games] and move on.”

The Eagles traveled to Macon for a game with Mount de Sales Academy on Monday before making a Wednesday trip to face Lamar County again. Putnam will head back to Athens on Friday, this time to meet Athens Christian on the diamond.

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