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January 23, 2013

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Mature Lady Rams softball team ready for long run in 2013 season



“Chandler also hits for power and average. She also is our best bunter and has the ability to move runners.

“Reagan hit behind BB the last two years, but I might move her to third in the order. Reagan has power and hits for a high average. I may make the order Bethany, Chandler, Reagan, or I could go BB, Reagan, Chandler.

“Hope, like Bethany, has a world of potential,” Tarver continued. “She did a lot as a freshman last year, and she has played so much ball over her lifespan that she doesn’t seem like a sophomore.

“Hope is a competitor, and she has so much more room to grow. She has a great swing and hits with a lot of power. Once she learns everything she can do within that swing she is going to be unstoppable.

“Every swing she takes has a chance to be a home run.”

Tarver also said Keeton will immediately add to the offense.

“Kelsey has played select ball all of her life, and she will fit in our order as a consistent bat,” he said. “The rest of the order will pretty much come down to who takes the outfield spots.”

While the Lady Rams’ infield is set, the outfield remains a huge question mark as Tarver lost all three starters from 2012.

Junior Makayla Nance did start in left field at the end of last season when injuries plagued the team, and she is the front-runner to maintain her spot in left.

But two other outfield positions are wide open, and Tarver said seniors Ashley Rice and Sydney Shelstead, junior Anaiz Mendoza, sophomores Tabi Santibanez, Addi Singleton (who also plays catcher) and Victoria Huffman will battle with Nance for the outfield spots.

“Our outfield spots are open, and the best three outfielders are going to play,” Tarver said. “Those spots could change every day. It will be open competition every day, and I am hoping three rise to the occasion.

“If we started today, I am confident in who the three would be, but I am not saying publicly. But every one of these outfielders can play, and they are all competitive and work very hard.

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