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Lady Eagles’ skid continues

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Putnam's softball team continues searching for success 

Amanda Ridley tosses out a pitch during the Lady Eagles’ game against Alcovy. PHOTO: Brandon Bush

Unfortunately for Putnam, the Lady Eagles’ softball team continues to struggle.

The Lady War Eagles fell to 1-10 and 0-4 in region play before their Monday game with Washington-Wilkes after a tough loss to Alcovy, 13-4, and a hard loss to region foe Elbert County, 11-1, on the road the next day. The Lady Eagles haven’t won a game since their season opener in early August when they defeated Baldwin High School.

The Lady Eagles have done good things in recent games but, despite a lot of strengths and hard work, they haven’t been able to translate their positives into a complete game.

“We’ve struggled with consistency,” Lady Eagle coach Peyton Roth said following the game with Alcovy. “We’ve looked really well in previous games and made huge improvements but haven’t been able to translate it to the next game.”

The game with Alcovy had good moments despite the outcome. Rachel Hawkins had an impressive diving catch in left field off an Alcovy pop-up, and Te’Niya Boswell caught a Lady Tiger runner as she attempted to steal third to put the Lady Eagles back on the mound.

Subsequently, Putnam’s first run was earned when a hit from Boswell allowed Dawkins to move to second, where she managed to kick the ball from the Alcovy second baseman’s hands to get on base. Jashanti Simmons managed to reach home plate to give a run to the Lady Eagles.

Despite the team’s current struggles, the Lady Eagles have been able to grow as a team and many great individual moments have still come out of the season. The season-opening win over Baldwin is now looking more important than ever as the Lady Eagles are the only loss the Lady Braves have on their record thus far, and Baldwin has gone on to defeat several teams by scoring more than 20 runs.

Amanda Ridley’s impressive no-hitter played a large role in that season opener. In addition to the thrilling win over Baldwin, a shootout with Johnson County later that month resulted in Simmons, a top athlete at Putnam County, nailing a long grand slam over center field.

Roth said one issue the team is struggling with is not coming out prepared when the game begins.

“We have to come out ready in the first inning,” Roth said. “We can’t take that first inning to get warmed up on. We have to come out swinging and be aggressive.”

Putnam hosted Washington-Wilkes on Monday before traveling to Oglethorpe County for its fifth region game of the season. Another region game will come on Thursday when the Lady Eagles host Banks County.

There is still plenty of softball left to play, and the Lady War Eagles have the talent and heart to be able to turn their positive moments into a win before the season ends later this month.