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THE GRIND: South Forsyth's Tapia endures the catching grind
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South Forsyth junior catcher Sofia Tapia endures a mental and physical toll unique from other positions. "I definitely get bruises all the time," she said. "I'm used to that." - photo by Micah Green
The runner stepped on first base, so it was time for Sofia Tapia to take charge during South Forsyth softball practice Monday. The Lady War Eagles’ catcher stepped in front of home plate and shouted, "Force on two, no outs." When head coach Ronnie Davis put down a bunt, it was up to Tapia to direct the defense on which base to throw to – the safe toss to first base to get the batter or the riskier throw to second to get the lead runner. Tapia had less than a second to make the call, the kind of split-second judgments she makes now out of habit from playing the sport since she was 9.