MINERAL WELLS —
In fact, Ortiz will be the only player on the team entering her fourth year on varsity.
“Reagan and Chandler have both emerged as team leaders,” Tarver said. “They have taken full charge of meetings, and that has been a tremendous help to me.
“It is also a strength to have BB (Allen) and Chandler in the middle of the infield, and a veteran like Reagan at catcher.
“Reagan has all the skills a good catcher needs. She can throw out runners, pick off runners and she can call pitches. She also hits for power and a high average.
“BB hit mid .500 her freshman year and over .600 last year, and I can’t wait to see what she can do this season. I do not know what her limits are, and I doubt she does. The sky is the limit for BB. She has a strong arm, great range and rarely commits errors (just one in 2012).
“Chandler and BB, without a doubt, are the best double play combination I have ever had,” Tarver continued. “Chandler and BB both dive after balls, and they use their bodies to stop hard-hit balls if they have to.
“We are solid in the infield once again, and because of our experience there I can take more time out to develop our outfielders.”
The Lady Rams did lose a pitcher off last year’s squad, Krysten Marr, whose family moved. But they will replace her with highly-touted freshman pitcher Kelsey Keeton, who will join a three-lady staff that includes starting pitchers from last year – sophomores Hope Patterson and Allie Stephens.
Tarver, who used a three-pitcher rotation last season, plans the same course of strategy this year, at least before district play begins.
The three ladies will be intertwined defensively as all three will start at either pitcher, first base or third base.