Corah Price had a different introduction to pitching than most her peers, but it seems to have worked out just fine for the Discovery Canyon senior.
Raised in a military family, Price started pitching when her family lived in Germany, where she said most don't start playing softball until their late teens. The family moved back to the United States when Price was nearing the start of high school.
“We were lucky enough that they moved to our area and came to school at Discovery Canyon,” Thunder coach Tanya Ramsay said. “We’ve been fortunate to have her.”
Discovery Canyon is 12-3-1 this season after Monday’s 20-0 win over Palmer Ridge. Price pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, and went 2 for 2 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored.
The senior earned Gazette Preps Peak Performer honors with three wins last week, two of which were one-hit shutouts. The exception came in a 14-4 win over Pueblo South, a game Price believes was the biggest win of the past week.
“They were ranked No. 2, I believe, and I think that was a really good team effort,” Price said.
“It felt like a strong game where we all came together and really clicked.”
Price opened the week with a four-inning win over Lewis-Palmer where she struck out nine and followed with 12 strikeouts against Cheyenne Mountain in the second shutout.
While Ramsay said the pitcher is one of the harder throwers in the state, the 6-foot senior likes to keep batters off guard.
“I really like to throw changeup. I’m not going to lie,” Price said. “I think it’s a fun pitch because not many people expect it.”
The ability to mix power and precision earned Price another move - this one to Ohio - where she plans to continue pitching at University of Toledo, a Division I program.
While Ramsay wasn’t sure what level, she knew Price had the potential to continue in college early in her high school career.
“I definitely knew. I mean the kid is 6 foot, and she was throwing hard when she first came in,” Ramsay recalled. “I knew that she was definitely going to develop into something pretty special.”
Heading into Monday, Price had 111 strikeouts in 85 innings against 88 hits and 40 earned runs. She was batting .455 with five doubles and 14 RBI in the middle of the Thunder lineup.
Some of her success can be traced back to her unusual experiences in Germany.
“I played a first baseman that was 33 years old when I was only 13. That was a crazy experience,” Price said.
“It kinda helped me to be open to anything no matter the challenge. I think it kinda helped me to be like ‘You know what, if this is how it’s going to go, then we can approach it, and we’ll work however we need to, to succeed at it.’”
Other Peak Performers
Keaton Hulen, Cheyenne Mountain golf: Hulen won Tuesday’s 4A Region 2 golf tournament with a 76 despite blustery conditions. The junior will play in the state tournament on Oct. 2 and 3 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton.
Jadie DeLange, Lewis-Palmer volleyball: DeLange helped the Rangers continue their undefeated season with three sweeps last week. The senior had eight kills in a win over Rampart before putting down 12 balls against Valor Christian. She closed the week with seven kills against Eaton in Saturday’s showdown.
TJ Davis, Widefield football: The Gladiators' quarterback did most of his work with his feet in a 41-0 win over Palmer. The senior racked up 168 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Both of his completions also went for touchdowns, as Widefield moved to 4-0.
Jordyn Isner, Palmer Ridge field hockey: Isner padded her lead as the state’s leading scorer with three goals and an assist in the Bears’ 6-2 win over Mountain Vista on Wednesday. The junior tops the state charts with 30 points and 12 goals through seven games.
Luke Louthan, Air Academy soccer: The junior started his week with one goal and three assists in a 4-1 win over Thompson Valley on Tuesday. Two days later, he scored the golden goal in a 2-1 win over Rampart to help the Kadets improve to 8-0.