It was hard to ignore Corah Price’s presence.
This past season, she was the Discovery Canyon pitcher who stood 6 feet tall in the circle. Besides that, she could throw hard and fast and there was no denying that she was the star of the team.
Price backed up each appearance with stellar stats. She threw a total of 180 strikeouts, the fourth-most in Colorado. And when it came time to step up, she didn’t let her teammates and coaches down.
Her numbers were enough to land Price the honor of The Gazette Preps Softball Peak Performer of the Year. The Toledo-bound pitcher went 17-5 with an 2.51 ERA and nine shutouts.
The Thunder advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament, the furthest of any area team. They lost 4-3 to Mountain View, which eventually moved on to win the championship.
“Getting to state is an achievement within itself,” Price said. “Even though we didn’t win state, it was still a big accomplishment.”
Discovery Canyon was one of area three teams that qualified for a state tournament.
The Thunder did so with just four seniors on the roster. They finished the season 17-5-1, outscored opponents 213-66, captured nine of their last 11 games and had a first-round state tournament shutout win over Wheat Ridge. And throughout it all, Price always trusted the defense behind her.
“I think having the defense that we had was a major help because as a pitcher, you’re not going to be able to strike out everyone,” she said. “You’re going to have those ground balls. I think having that reassurance that they can fulfill the play after you was great. It gives you confidence, it gives the team confidence and I’m glad they had that confidence in me to fulfill that role (as a pitcher).”
Price was raised in a military family and grew up in Germany until her late teenage years. She moved to the United States and started attending Discovery Canyon. She had been a fixture for the Thunder ever since.
In her career at Discovery Canyon, Price record 43 wins and 423 strikeouts in 386 innings.
She’s now focused on the rest of her senior year, and then she’ll be off to college softball. She had other big-school interests. But she said she felt right at home with Toledo in Ohio, which made a scholarship offer during Price’s sophomore year.
“They were there to make me a better player,” she said. “They weren’t there for the spotlight of the school’s name. They were there to help me get better and help the program get better. I think that’s a big aspect of college. You want to feel like you’re at home. You want to feel like you can end on a high note. And I feel like the coaches were a great example of people that I want to follow.”
In other words, Price is expected to step in and become a big presence.