Putnam Recreation wins softball tournament

The Putnam County All-Star 11-12 team poses for a picture with its trophy and medals after winning the GRPA District 6 All-Star softball tournament last week. Putnam had two blowout wins over the team from Morgan County to secure its victory, winning the first by a 20-5 score then defeating Morgan again in the championship game, 15-0.

PHOTO: Brandon Bush

By Brandon Bush



Putnam County athletes came out on top in a recent tournament.

The Putnam County Recreation Department hosted the GRPA District 6 11-12 All-Star softball tournament last week, featuring all-star teams from Putnam, Morgan and Jasper Counties. The Putnam County team won big in two games against Morgan County to secure the tournament championship.

“I am very pleased at how they played,” Putnam assistant coach Emma Warnock said. “I think we did amazing and played very well. This is my first time coaching and it’s the best first time I could have.”

Putnam got a bye in the first round of the double-elimination tournament, so Morgan and Jasper played each other on Monday to start things off. It was a high-scoring game that yielded a 17-15 victory for Morgan and set up the next game against Putnam.

The Putnam team got the better of Morgan in the next round, however, as it handily overcame Morgan in three innings with a 20-5 score.

Natalie Sills pitched in the first game for Putnam and struck out several batters throughout the evening. A good throw to Eliana Tkacik to tag a runner out at first was the first of many good plays Putnam made in the field.

Putnam benefited from having many of its batters either walked or hit by pitches, and many runs were the result of being walked with loaded bases. Still, Putnam was able to naturally get some good offensive plays off, including when Corrine Rudolph earned the first run of the game by stealing home.

Tkacik and Gracie Stanford helped further the lead in the second inning with some solid hits. Although Morgan began to come back toward the end of the contest, it was too late as its five runs weren’t enough to match Putnam’s 20.

After losing to Putnam, Morgan immediately played another game, facing Jasper County once again. It was another double-digit game for both teams as Morgan once again defeated Jasper, this time with a score of 16-13 that locked Jasper into the third-place spot.

The fourth and final game of the tournament saw a rematch between Putnam and Morgan and, much like the first game, Putnam won fairly easily with a 15-0 victory. Rudolph took the mound for the final game and had a good performance of her own, throwing a number of strikeouts and even picking up and impressive double play when she caught a fly ball and threw it to third to catch a runner who had tried to tag up.

In addition to a good game on the mound, Rudolph also brought in the first run of the game as she did in the first game by getting a good hit off before stealing her way home. Morgan’s pitching was better in the second game, forcing Putnam to work for its many runs, but walks and hit batters were still an issue and a good offensive effort from Putnam sealed the deal after another short game.

Warnock said many members of Putnam’s team had potential to be talented players when they got older she and felt that the best thing the girls did during the tournament was play with a good attitude.

“They were such good sports,” Warnock said about the team. “They kept their heads up the entire time. Hopefully, they will continue to have fun with softball if it's something they want to do.”

The recreation department’s GRPA District 6 11-12 All-Star softball tournament preceded other tournaments that were played over the weekend. Other events, such as church softball, are currently taking place at the department, and more events will be held in the coming months.

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