Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima plans to have three catchers and three shortstops in his starting line Saturday when the Eagles begin the season against Johnson County, but don't be alarmed.
It's a sign of strength, not insanity.
Kirkwood is blessed with an abundance of talented catchers and shortstops who are capable of playing other positions, so this is a way to strength the overall lineup.
"It allows us to put our nine best offensive guys on the field," Rima said this week, "and we can do that and still be good on defense.
"We had to move some guys just to make sure we could get all their bats in the lineup."
Toran Shadidi, who missed last season with an injury after hitting .342 in 2015, has earned the starting job behind the plate.
Spencer Wiskus, who was a star catcher at Iowa City West, has moved to first base. And Tyler Bordner, a part-time catcher for Kirkwood last year and a .354 hitter, has moved to right field.
"I think Shahidi is as good as any catcher in our league," said Rima. "And Wiskus and Bordner are really good. Read more...