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PREP BASEBALL: Alcovy falls to Evans in region opener, remains optimistic for series
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Alcovy's Chandler Hicks, left, and Ryan Spikes, along with Caleb Griffeth (not pictured) generated the offense for the Tigers in their 5-3 loss to Evans Tuesday night to open up Region 3-AAAAAA play. -photo by Anthony Banks

EVANS, Ga. — When Alcovy looks back on Tuesday night's 5-3 loss at Evans to open Region 3-AAAAAA play, the team stat it will probably be most interested in is the number of times the Tigers shot themselves in the foot. 

Alcovy jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but promptly surrendered three runs to Evans in the frame's bottom half, to find itself trailing 3-2 going into the second. But it was the way Alcovy surrendered those first inning runs that had head coach Jimmy Hughes wishing for a do-over. 

"Error on a routine ground ball with two outs, and another error later in the inning turned into three runs in the first," Hughes said. "The self-inflicted wounds are tough to overcome." 

Alcovy tied things up in the top of the second, but then promptly surrendered a score in both the bottom of the second and third innings which was enough for the Knights to pull out the close victory. 

Caleb Griffith started things out on the bump for the Tigers, but it was Andrew Mills who saw the brunt of the action. Mills gave up two hits, including a home run by Evans' Bryan Mitchell, an Erskine commit. But he also struck out three. Griffeth, Ryan Spikes and Chandler Hicks all drove in runs for Alcovy. Hicks finished the night 2 for 3 at the plate. Spikes was 1 for 4 with a double. 

Alcovy and Evans will conclude the three-game region series Thursday when the Tigers host a doubleheader that was originally scheduled for Friday, but pushed up a day to try and avoid Friday's forecasted rain. First pitch for Thursday is scheduled at 5 p.m.