Next softball stop for Price is at Western Ky.

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From BE to JC to Division I

By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON – If it worked out once, then try it again.

That was the thinking of former Bullitt East softball standout Taylor Price as she returned to the Media Center at her former school to sign her second paperwork to continue playing her sport in college.

In late May, Price signed to play her final two years in college for the Western Kentucky Lady Hilltoppers.

Two years earlier, Price had sat in the same spot and signed to play softball at John A. Logan, a junior college in Carterville, Illinois. That worked out just well and led to her getting the invite to play for Western Kentucky.

“I had offers from other schools, but they were far away,” Price said after the ceremony at Bullitt East. “Western Kentucky is close. That is why I picked them.”

The two years at John A. Logan obviously worked out well for Price as she developed into an NCAA Division I player.

“It was about what I expected,” Price noted. “They improved my skills. It was the chance I was looking for. I really liked it. It was a good experience.”

At the junior college Price played centerfield for the Lady Volunteers, the same position she played at Bullitt East. She hit near the top of the lineup to take advantage of her speed.

Price left John A. Logan as one of the top ten base stealers in the program’s history.

“I feel like I communicate better in the field,” she said of her development. “I’m more outspoken. That has helped a lot.”

Unfortunately, her last season at John A. Logan only produced a 23-20 record and the team lost in the first round of the Region 24 Tournament, falling to Olney in a best of three series. John A. Logan had swept Olney during the regular season just a week earlier.

“We lost a pitcher so we didn’t get very far this year,” Price explained.

Price was one of three players on the John A. Logan team this year that signed to continue playing at four-year schools.

At John A. Logan, Price played alongside Bullitt East teammate Kirsten Price (no relation) as well as former Bullitt Central player Katie Hutchison who was at third base as a freshman. Another Bullitt Central player, Haley Dukes, will start playing at John A. Logan this fall.

Price said that Kirsten Price is now attending the University of Louisville, but not playing softball.

Does Price have a favorite memory from her junior college career?

“I guess my very first game at John Logan. It stands out,” she said. “I was nervous. After the first inning my nerves went away and I played ball.”

At Western, Price plans on staying in the outfield.

“The coaches there told me the outfield,” the player said. “If I work hard I can earn playing time. That is my spot. I prefer centerfield.”

This summer, Price is playing in a women’s league at Lyndon Park in Jefferson County. 

At Western Kentucky, Price will join a program that is stepping up in competition as the schools moves to Conference-USA after playing in the Sun Belt Conference the past several years.

Under head coach Amy Tudor, the Lady Toppers went 33-24 this past spring, but were only 11-10 in conference games. The team then finished the season with a 1-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.