War Eagles baseball drops three straight

By Brandon Bush



A struggling Putnam team’s taste of victory has faded once again.

After picking up only its second win of the season in a rematch with Glascock County, the War Eagles’ baseball team dropped three region games last week. A slow game with Oglethorpe County eventually ended with the Patriots’ bats getting hot in the seventh inning to win, 6-1. Putnam then made the long trip to Rabun County for a doubleheader, losing the first game, 11-0, and the second, 11-1.

The three-game slide brought Putnam’s record down to 2-17 and 0-8 in region before Tuesday’s away game at Monticello. This new losing streak comes on the heels of Putnam’s previous one. Between the season debut on Feb. 13 – a 4-1 win over Glascock County – and the March 24 rematch, the Eagles lost a staggering 14 games in a row, 10 of which were by double digits.

Despite its record, Putnam County has shown at times to be better than its win-loss columns may seem as several games this year have been close, with Putnam even holding the lead at one point in some of them. One such game includes an early March shootout with Johnson County in which the War Eagles scored a season-high 11 runs and led the game until the fourth inning before giving up five runs in the fifth to allow the Trojans to seal a victory, 13-11.

“Sometimes, when we get late in the game, things start to happen. That’s baseball,” Putnam baseball coach Matt Riden said at the conclusion of the Johnson County game. “I think it’s [making sense] here and there but we just have to put a full game together.”

Although the first game of the doubleheader with Rabun County started slowly for Putnam – trailing by four after three innings – the game only got out of hand when the Wildcats fired off seven-straight runs to prematurely end the first contest after just four and a half innings. Putnam earned a run in the second inning of the second game, but the Wildcats scored half a dozen runs in the fourth inning to seal the game, once again arriving at 11 runs.

Barring an unprecedented late-season push, it is fair to assume that postseason play won’t be in the cards for Putnam this season. However, an opportunity remains to finish the regular season on a high note. After their final road game of the year on Tuesday at Monticello, the War Eagles will spend this week hosting non-region opponents Mount de Sales and Baldwin High School, both of which are sporting their own lackluster records.

Putnam’s final region games – April 10 against Social Circle and an April 13 doubleheader against Elbert County – will be difficult challenges for this team. However, they present Putnam with chances to end the season with a bit of redemption should the War Eagles finally overcome the crippling hurdles that have haunted them all season long.

The War Eagles host the Cavaliers on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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