COLUMBIA – Callie Sapp, a junior on the Rock Bridge High School softball team, has endured several injuries during the past few years that have sidetracked the underclassman portion of her high school career.
As a freshman playing varsity at Hickman High School, Sapp's season ended when she broke her foot while pitching during practice. She then transferred to Rock Bridge because she did not like the class scheduling at Hickman and her parents were Rock Bridge graduates.
Rock Bridge 9, Smith-Cotton 0
Hickman (17-7) at Rock Bridge (18-4)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rock Bridge High School
Her sophomore year, Sapp played junior varsity for the Bruins because she couldn't play varsity for a year after transferring. In that season, Sapp injured her labrum, a joint in her shoulder. The injury required surgery, which ended another season.
So, Sapp spent her sophomore season serving as team manager for the Bruins. She said she learned from it.
"The experience helped me see the game from the coach's perspective," Sapp said. "As a player, it made me smarter."
Sapp was injured again last June, tearing ligaments in her left knee. However, her doctor cleared her to play again in August.
Rock Bridge coach Janel Twehous said she was determined to have Sapp play through an entire softball season.
"Callie has a positive attitude, is an all-around happy person and has a lot of athletic talent," Twehous said. "She is an important member of this team."
Sapp's shoulder injury sidetracked her career as a pitcher, and she switched to second base, a position Twehous said she plays well. Now, entering the district tournament, Sapp has made it through an entire season with the help of a knee brace.
"My injuries made me better," Sapp said. "I had to work hard to come back healthy."
Sapp's injuries have spurred another interest outside of softball. She has grown to love science, specifically anatomy.
"I like to shadow people in the orthopedic field," Sapp said. "I would like to end up in the orthopedic field some day."