May 8, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Two members of the John A. Logan College baseball team have been selected to the Great Rivers Athletic All-Conference team this spring. And both are freshmen in Joey Marciano and Culver Plant.

Marciano, a lefthanded pitcher from Chicago, has put together an 8-2 record this season with a 1.84 earned-run average. He has struck out 68 batters, walked 35 in 73 1/3 innings and allowed 45 hits.

Marciano was the only Logan player chosen for the All-Region 24 squad.

Plant, who was recently moved from shortstop to third base, leads the team in hitting at .348. The St. Louis-area native has rapped out a team-high 55 hits in 158 at bats; has scored 30 runs (second-most on the team); and driven in 21. He has also stolen eight bases, again the second-best total on the team.

Marciano and Plant are joined on the All-GRAC team by Tim Barry, Phillip Diehl, Zach Lewis and Manuel DeJesus from league champ, Wabash Valley; Chris Stevens, Steven Reynolds, Clark Pence, Jarold Waldhoff and Cameron Cummins from Kaskaskia; Dustin Dalton and Pete Spradlin from Southwestern Illinois; Jack Hranec and Damon Olds from Lincoln Trail; Aaron Bence and Mitchell Ley from Lake Land;

Tyler Ward from Olney; and Collin Book from Southeastern Illinois.

Barry was named “Player of the Year” and Diehl was chosen “Pitcher of the Year.”

The “Freshman of the Year” award went to Marciano and Wabash Valley head coach Rob Fornier was selected “Coach of the Year.”