Shannon Trujillo would probably make a good football player.
As a catcher for the Burroughs High softball team, Trujillo doesn't mind getting into collisions at home plate. In fact, when she is bracing for a throw to the plate, and she eyes an opposing runner barreling down the third-base line, the senior almost relishes the possibility of a violent impact.
"I just love it," Trujillo said of the contact. "That's my favorite part. I really wish there was more contact in softball. Even with the pain thing and the passed balls and getting hit, it's really worth it. The pain eventually goes away and the bruises and the scars after are kind of cool."
Spoken like more of a linebacker than a softball player.
Burroughs first-year Coach Doug Nicol said being a physical player behind the plate is something that makes Trujillo a truly motivated competitor.
"She has just worked so hard in the weight room to get stronger, and it's paid off," Nicol said. "She is very tough and she just loves to put on the catcher's gear and she likes to take the hits. She just loves the physicality of the position. She is just meant for that position."