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PREP BASEBALL: Alcovy suffers pair of losses at Grovetown
Chris Burney
Alcovy catcher Chris Burney had a solid performance in the Tigers' game two loss to Grovetown. -photo by Michael Pope

GROVETOWN, Ga. — The Alcovy Tigers dropped both games of a doubleheader against Grovetown Thursday evening, likely mathematically ending any chances of making the postseason.

The Tigers (8-15, 1-11) lost game one 10-0 in five innings. Sophomore pitching tandem Ryan Spikes and Raquis Holmes took the mound for Alcovy with Spikes recording the loss after surrendering eight runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings. He did record three strikeouts, however, and finished 2-for-2 at the plate. 

Raquis Holmes came in to pitch the balance of game one, tossing three strikeouts and giving up two runs and a hit in two innings of work. Alcovy was dogged by three errors in the game and Spikes recorded the team’s only hits as Alcovy struggled to figure out Grovetown pitcher James Eckert. 

Game two, a 12-2 defeat, didn’t go much better, but did see Alcovy finding a little more offensive punch. The Tigers actually took an early 2-0 lead when Holmes took his first pitch and knocked an RBI single that scored a pair. 

Grovetown cut that lead in half in the bottom half of the first frame, and then went up for good in the bottom of the second when sophomore Isaiah Rainge launched a two-run shot off of Alcovy pitcher Hunter Owensby to take 3-1 lead. 

The Warriors essentially put the game away with a six-run third inning and tacked on insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth. Grovetown junior Daruis Dunn went weathered the first inning storm and settled in to toss five innings of five-hit, two-run ball with a trio of strikeouts and no walks. Meanwhile, Owensby took the loss for Alcovy after allowing eight hits and nine runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. 

Chris Burney was an offensive bright spot in game two, going 2-for-2 at the plate.

The Tigers will travel to Stockbridge on Monday and to Baldwin next Thursday for non-region action before finishing the regular season and Region 3-AAAAAA slate with a 3-game series with Class AAAAAA No. 2 Heritage that begins on April 12 at Heritage.