Prep baseball: Tigers fall in opener

DUNCAN FALLS – Even though Marietta High went hitless, host Philo had to rally to defeat the Tigers, 2-1, in eight innings in a season opening baseball game Saturday.

MHS benefitted from 10 walks in the contest, but also stranded 12 baserunners.

The Tigers’ only run came in the top of the first on a bases loaded walk to Ben Barnas, who was credited with an RBI.

The Electrics, who had only five hits in the game, tied the score at one-all in the fifth on an unearned run, and then claimed the victory in the eighth on Waylon Smith’s one-out sacrifice fly.

Marietta southpaw Evan Sawyer started on the hill, and got a no decision, striking out five, walking one, and allowing three hits in six innings of work. He gave up an unearned run in the fifth on a bases loaded fielder’s choice.

Barnas suffered the mound setback in relief, fanning one and walking one in 1.2 frames.

“Evan was sharp in his 2013 debut,” said MHS co-skipper Jim Thrash.

Each school committed only one error in the contest.

Philo’s Hunter Smith got the win in relief.

Zak Sheridan was the only multiple-hit swinger, going 2-for-3. Austin Dearinger drove in the equalizer in the fifth.

Marietta is scheduled to play its home opener against Alexander at American Legion Field at 5 p.m. today.