Tarver said although there are key holes to fill in the lineup, he does have plenty of options. It is just a matter of finding the best fits.
“We will have to play musical chairs throughout the scrimmages to find out what our best defensive lineup will be,” he said.
Tarver said he won’t be too quick to set a lineup and will take the time to see what players who can play multiple positions will play best in certain spots. He said the key defensively will be to focus on who plays best in the middle of the field – catcher, pitcher, shortstop and center field.
“This is a completely new team,” Tarver said. “We have several of the same players from last year, but the dynamic of this team is different. There will have to be some change to fit this group.”
The big question is what to do with three-time, all-district shortstop Allen, who as a sophomore was a first-team, all-state selection at the position. She has also captured two district Offensive Player of the Year awards.
“In softball, you have to be solid (defensively) up the middle, and it starts with the pitcher and catcher,” Tarver said.”If a girl gets on base and you can’t keep her off of second base, barring a base hit, you are in trouble.
“We need to make sure we are solid at catcher, but we would love to keep Bethany at shortstop and love to have a catching option to do so.
“We need a catcher who can throw out base runners, block pitches in the dirt and call a good game. If we can get that consistency out of someone other than Bethany that is definitely what we want to do.
“I need to see that in game action rather than just in practice.”