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Lady Eagles return after short break

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BRANDON BUSH/Staff Amanda Ridley winds up a pitch during the Lady Eagles’ game against region foe Social Circle.

After a brief break, Putnam County softball returned to action last week.

The Lady Eagles hosted Alcovy last Wednesday after not seeing the field for five days. The short break came after Putnam hosted region opponent Union County on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Lady Eagles are in the midst of region play, traveling to Rabun County for their first region matchup on Aug. 23 before hosting both Social Circle and Union County last week. After Wednesday’s game with Alcovy, Putnam went on another long road trip to face Elbert County for its fourth region game of the season.

Unfortunately for Putnam, the season so far has been a bit rough for the Lady Eagles. Before hosting Alcovy, they were sitting at a 1-8 record and 0-3 region record.

Against Social Circle, Jashanti Simmons caught a strong hit from the Lady Redskins to retire the side before picking up a big hit that brought her all the way to third before stealing home plate to tie the game up with the Lady Redskins, 1-1. Later in the game, catcher Hannah Barnard caught a Lady Redskin stealing home to prevent another Social Circle run.

The Lady Redskins’ bats weren’t getting cold any time soon, however. A big third inning push brought in 11 runs for Social Circle, and the game ended after just four innings with a 14-1 deficit for the Lady Eagles.

“They’re a pretty good team,” Lady Eagles coach Peyton Roth said about Social Circle. “They shoot for a state title every year. But we worry about what goes on in our dugout and we worry about us. We set goals every game and, if we check off all our boxes every game, the scoreboard doesn’t matter. We have to worry about us and get better from there.”

Roth said the team has improved with every game this season, and that the girls have continuously achieved personal team goals they’ve set for themselves every week.

“For this game [against Social Circle], we worked on communication,” Roth said. “We also wanted to focus on working together as a team. Good team morale ties into the team culture we want to build.”

After facing Alcovy and traveling to Elbert County, the Lady Eagles will be back at home to host Washington-Wilkes on Sept. 10. The next day will be yet another region challenge as the Lady Eagles travel to Oglethorpe County.

For now, the Lady Eagles will continue to build on the goals they have set for themselves in each game, looking to turn their success in certain areas into more victories down the road.

“We’re going to work on things in the box and getting our hands quicker,” Roth said after the Social Circle game in preparation for their next few games. “Defensively, we had a great first and third play where we got the runner out at the plate. There’s not much you can do about base hits but, overall, I think we’re playing great defense.”

The Lady Eagles’ begin their region match with Elbert County at 5:55 p.m. in Elberton this Thursday.