Putnam baseball completes successful summer

Putnam County High School’s baseball field prepares for action before a summer game several weeks ago. The War Eagles completed their season of summer games by playing Briarwood in a doubleheader, tying the first game before winning big in the second one, 10-1, to complete their summer with a 5-0-1 record.

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By Brandon Bush



Putnam County baseball kicked off a new era for the program with a successful summer.

The War Eagles completed their final summer games last Wednesday at Briarwood Academy, with the first game ending in a 3-3 tie while the second one ended with a big win for the Eagles, 10-1. The doubleheader concluded Putnam’s stretch of summer games.

Putnam finished with a record of 5-0-1 with two games prematurely ending due to weather for a total of eight games.

“I am very proud of the way the summer went,” Putnam baseball head coach Ben Skinner said. “I see great potential in this group of players. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and spring baseball season.”

Putnam performed well in the first game against the Buccaneers but some key two-out errors prevented the War Eagles from getting the upper hand on Briarwood. The next game yielded a much different result, however, as the Eagles’ bats got hot on their way to a 10-run victory.

Ethan Crouch picked up the win for the Eagles in the second game on the mound. Raymond Lee contributed to the huge lead by ripping off a base-clearing triple.

Now that the Eagles are finished with their summer schedule, they will be spending the rest of the summer preparing for their upcoming season. Skinner said that the team would be expected to participate in offseason weightlifting, and the offseason throwing program will begin in October.

The players will also be practicing their swings in the batting cages by November. The work Skinner is giving his team should pay dividends when the regular season comes, where the Eagles will look to greatly improve on their 2018 performance. They went 2-22 overall this past spring and winless in Region 8-AA.

Skinner said that, if nothing else, next season’s War Eagles would give it their all every single game.

“We may not win every game next year, but I promise we will be the hardest working team and we will work to do all the little things right,” Skinner said. “If we take care of ourselves this offseason and put the work in over the next several months, it will translate into being successful once the season arrives.”

The War Eagles will spend the rest of the summer and the offseason preparing for the 2019 season. With a summer of success under its belt, the new War Eagle baseball team has a bright future ahead of it when it takes the diamond again next spring.

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