Softball has sacrifice bunts and sacrifice flies.
And, at Lexington Christian Academy, junior Emily Orrender sacrifices herself for the good of the team.
The Eagles' shortstop since she was in the seventh grade, Orrender didn't blink when Coach Greg Shewaker asked her to change positions this season. The team needed her at catcher.
"Not a tough decision because I think I have to do what's best for the team and my coach," Orrender said Thursday. "But I do love shortstop. I like the game in itself, so it wasn't too hard to switch to catcher."
The 5-foot-4 sparkplug is batting about .550, with an on-base percentage just over .600. She also has 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts.
Aside from leading the Eagles (8-9) in those offensive categories, as well as runs scored, Orrender is in a position that demands she leads the team itself.
"Just her dedication, off-season training workouts, conditioning — she's always the first one there. Kind of leads by example," Shewmaker said. "She's quiet by nature, but gives 110 percent in everything she does. To sacrifice her junior season to go into a new position, I think it's just very telling of the type of person she is.
"She's a singles, line-drive type of hitter. Has really good speed, where she can put down a bunt if the corners are playing back. But is just a line-drive hitter ... has good hands, good eyes, sees the ball really well."
Orrender also must handle her pitching staff.
"I kind of had to think outside myself and help the pitcher out," she said, "but also be ready for someone stealing (from) first or any other bag."
Shewmaker says Orrender does a tremendous job blocking balls, and reading pitches where a block might be needed. Arm strength is something they're still working on.
The coach says that Orrender is a good student in the classroom and on the field.
"Has a desire to play college ball. So we're wanting to showcase her skills in front of schools that she has an interest in," Shewmaker said. "She's the most athletic player we have on the team. That's why she was a shortstop. I just think it's very unique, and telling of her, knowing that she wants to play college ball, is to put herself in a position that she hasn't played, doesn't know as well, for the betterment of the team. I can't think of a college that wouldn't benefit from having her."
Orrender says she doesn't know where she'd like to play college ball, or at what level. But shortstop will likely be her position.
"I'm not really sure where. I kind of just letting the Lord lead me there," she said. "I wouldn't be upset if I don't play, but I think it would be awesome to play softball in college if I had the opportunity.
"Of course, the dream would be Division I because to be able to have that school on your shirt and playing for Jesus on that field. So, yeah. But I think Division I, II or III I'll be content with."