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PREP BASEBALL: Jimmy Hughes coaching era starts out with a win at Monroe Area
First season opening win in four years
Alcovy Baseball
The Alcovy Tigers celebrate their first season opening win in four years. -Submitted Photo

MONROE, Ga. — The Alcovy Tigers braved the elements on a cold, crisp Wednesday night and came away with an 8-3 non-region win to open its regular season, giving new coach Jimmy Hughes his first official win at the program’s helm.

It was the first season opening victory for Alcovy since 2015, and sophomore pitcher Ryan Spikes got the win as he gave up just three hits and one run in five innings pitched while recording eight strikeouts. Hunter Owensby fanned three while giving up a pair of hits and runs in relief. 

Alcovy benefited from a big night out of Caleb Griffeth who went 2 for 3 from the plate with a pair of doubles, while driving in three RBIs. Alcovy also benefited from being aggressive on the base paths. 

“Caleb Griffeth was huge for us offensively,” Hughes said. “He carried us. And the eight steals didn’t hurt.” 

Hughes said he liked the effort his team showed, and the improvement even from last week’s scrimmage win against Shiloh. But he’s hoping to see them make more strides as the young season progresses. 

“Overall, we played well,” Hughes said. “We did a good job of taking advantage of (Monroe Area’s) miscues and turning them into runs. Can’t say enough about Ryan Spikes’ performance as well.” 

Alcovy’s next action will be Saturday when it hosts Miller Grove at noon. The Tigers will be trying for their first 2-0 start to a season since the 2011 campaign.