3 Tigers earn first team All-ECOL honors

Three Marietta Tiger spring athletes earned first team All-East Central Ohio League honors while three more were named honorable mention.

Ben Barnas, who established himself as the ace of the pitching staff for the Tiger baseball team last season as a junior, was a first team selection this season as a senior.

The right-hander notched four mound victories to six losses this spring and struck out 46 batters in 54 innings pitched.

“His record doesn’t reflect how well he pitched,” said Marietta co-head coach Jim Thrash. “He pitched well enough against the better teams in the league to get recognized.”

Barnas surrendered 22 earned runs for an earned run average of 2.85. He tossed four complete games and one shutout.

Barnas, along with classmate Evan Sawyer, led a pitching staff that posted a 2.94 ERA this season.

Junior Adam McKnight, the No. 3 starter in Marietta’s rotation, was 3-1 on the mound with a 3.10 ERA this season en route to earning honorable mention status.

The right-hander started on the hill and earned the mound victory on April 24 when Marietta beat Meadowbrook 7-2 for co-head coach Larry Burke’s 400th coaching victory.

McKnight was also second on the team with a .283 batting average.

For the Stacy Fleming-coached Marietta softball team, senior Kara Carpenter was named first team all-league.

Carpenter, a second baseman, was the team’s best contact hitter and led off most games.

Maddie Farrar, a junior first baseman, was an honorable mention selection. Farrar batted cleanup for the Lady Tigers. She was crucial in a Marietta mercy victory over Rosecrans this season, going 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Both the Marietta baseball and softball teams went 3-10 in the ECOL this season.

On the tennis court, the Marietta netters were represented by senior Will O’Connor on the first team. Last season, O’Connor was an honorable mention selection.

A four-year letterman, O’Connor was the top singles player for Chris Mayer’s squad. O’Connor got off to hot start in the 2013 season.

At one point, he notched back-to-back victories over Tyler Bond of Dover and Jared Wise of Claymont to help the Tigers get off to a 3-0 start.

Clay Mason was an honorable mention pick. The tennis team was 4-8 in ECOL play this season