Thanks to different kinds of severe weather conditions during the week of Aug. 16, Putnam County High softball completed none of the three scheduled varsity games. One of those was to start play in Region 4-AA.
So as the next league contest was slated for Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Oglethorpe County, Putnam’s softball record held at 2-3. That region game started another string of three in a row with home dates Aug. 25 vs. Alcovy (6 p.m.) and Aug. 26 vs. Lake Oconee Academy (5:30) rounding it out.
As for the previous week, it was the tropical system known as Fred that made news in Georgia. It hit the Putnam County area with rain and wind early on the morning of Aug. 17, and the War Eagles did not play its home game Aug. 16 vs. East Laurens and did not travel to face Laney High in Augusta the following day.
The skies were clear on Aug. 18, and Monroe Area’s Purple Canes were on the Putnam campus and engaged in a tight battle with the home squad. However, after four innings, the extreme heat of the early evening was too much for the home plate umpire. Play was subsequently suspended with Monroe Area leading 3-2.
Coach Sydney Lack said afterwards the game could be picked up at the point of suspension later in the season. She said the game as a whole was in doubt due to bad field conditions caused by the heavy rain, but the field was eventually made playable. The War Eagles were not able to practice either that Monday or Tuesday, so those four innings Wednesday was their first real softball work of the week.
Putnam softball had three games in three days the week before that part of the schedule. Coming off a doubleheader split at Sandy Creek to start the 2021 season on Aug. 7, the War Eagles won the first home game over Jasper County 12-4 on Aug. 9. Lack said the bats were hot that day, pitcher Sara Hulsey had a great outing and it was a solid team effort overall.
It was the next day’s 7-2 loss at Washington-Wilkes where Lack said the team definitely wants a do-over. She said it was a sloppy day, the loss made the War Eagles real mad, and it didn’t help that they did not arrive in Washington until about seven minutes before the starting time.
But there was another game and another road trip the following day, this one to Lake Oconee Academy. Lack said the War Eagles played their hearts out but fell 15-12.
Lack said there are times when the bats aren’t coming through, but there’s been consistent production near the middle of the lineup from third baseman TeNyia Boswell and first baseman Jenna McDerment.