When Catherine Horner first picked up the game of softball she planned on leading defenses as a pitcher. These days she's catching pitchers, but is still anchoring the La Cañada High softball team's defense.
Horner first had to be bribed to get behind the plate, as her dad paid her to catch her older sister during her pitching lessons.
"I have grown to love it, you're involved in every pitch," Horner said. "It doesn't matter if you get the glory or not, I am always involved and it never gets boring for me."
Most catchers don't get gobs of glory, but it's impossible to overlook Horner's solid defensive play behind the dish paired with her prowess with a bat at it.
It's that total package that Horner, who's headed to play for the University of Tulsa next year, presents that forced La Cañada Coach KC Mathews to go against what he thought was his better judgment of not starting a freshman at catcher.