In his last outing, Hughes threw a one-hit shutout against Jackson Academy. He showed an 85-88 fastball that topped out at 90 miles per hour and a wicked slider.
"My slider started working so I thought why not stay with it to keep the hitters off-balance, and it did its job," said Hughes. "I also have a changeup that I use but they weren't really catching up to the fastball so I thought why go to the changeup and give them a slow pitch to hit."
His slider is a pitch that he has been trying to perfect the entire year.
"I've been working on it all year and it has come out and shined this entire year," said Hughes.
Although he is trying to lead his high school team to another state championship, he has also been keeping up with his future college team this season.
"I have been keeping up with (Mississippi) State the entire year, either watching them on the SEC Network whenever I could or going up to their games," he said. "I think I have been up there for three SEC weekends."
He still has faith in them even though they are having a down season.
"This year I know they are giving it their all but they are coming up a little bit short," said Hughes. "I still think they are one of the best teams in America."
As of now, Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson hasn't indicated what role he will play on next year's Bulldog pitching staff.
"He really hasn't talked to me that much about next season," said Hughes. "He has mainly been telling me to focus on my last high school season. When I get up there then we will talk about that."
Hughes hopes to help any way he can, though.
"I hope to get a few innings in next year and do what I can to help the team." said Hughes, who reports to Mississippi State July 5th. "During the summer, I will work as hard as possible."
One thing he does hope to do this summer is add more muscle and weight.
"I have been trying to add weight but it seems like everything I do I still can't gain," said Hughes. " But, hopefully, during the summer I will. They have been talking to me about how you can add weight (when you get up there)."
This season, Hughes is 11-0 with a 1.22 ERA. He has 6 complete games. In 69 innings, he has allowed 38 hits, walked 17 and struck out 103.