The Putnam County softball team began region play last Thursday.
The Lady Eagles made the long road trip to face region opponent Rabun County in their first Region 8-AA matchup of the season. The trip came during a busy week for Putnam as the team hosted Johnson County that previous Monday and traveled to Central High School in Macon the following Tuesday.
Unfortunately for Putnam, the Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Wildcats, 11-3, to bring them to a 1-6 overall record and an 0-1 start to their region schedule. However, despite recent defeats on the field, the Lady Eagles are slowly but surely growing and have made several strides toward improvement in recent games.
Putnam is close to finding its groove and has found a number of successful moments so far during the season. Pitcher Amanda Ridley threw a no-hitter in the team’s 15-0 opener against Baldwin High School, and Jashanti Simmons nailed an explosive grand slam in the first inning against Johnson County.
The Lady Eagles welcomed another region opponent, Social Circle, this past Tuesday and will match up with Union County on Thursday at home, too. Putnam’s first game in the month of September will be a home game against Alcovy on Sept. 5 before taking another long trip to Elbert County the next day for another region matchup.
Things may look rough on paper, but the Putnam County softball team has a lot of things going for it at the moment. With more region games approaching, the Lady Eagles will have a chance to capitalize on many of the little things in which they have found success.