The fact that Luke Price is in Longview for the West Coast League season is quite interesting and comes down to one morning at the breakfast table.
In Dover, Ark., one morning, he had a change of heart. Already committed to play football at the Air Force Academy, Price suddenly decided he didn’t want to play football, but wanted to pursue baseball. He went to bed happy with going to Colorado, and woke up with the opposite mindset. It was that quick.
“I told my dad and he said, ‘That’s awesome. Let’s get started,’” Price remembered. “Now I made it to the West Coast League for the Black Bears.
“There was nothing negative that altered my decision. I just woke up one morning and I was sitting at the breakfast table and told Dad, ‘I just want to play baseball.’ Simple as that.”
So Price went to Crowder College, a two-year school about halfway between Tulsa, Okla., and Springfield, Mo., and tore it up, driving in 109 runs over his two years there and earned a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma.
As a Black Bear this season, Price is hitting .280 with a team-leading 15 RBI and one of Cowlitz’s five home runs. He also has six doubles, tied with Josh Marchese for the team lead. He’s also only committed one error in the outfield in 169 innings (75 in left field and 94 in right) with three assists.
A Southern boy, this is his first time to the West Coast, and the Northwest, for that matter, and he’s loved it so far.
His host parents, Ginny and Ryan Fisher have been lovely, he said, there’s just one thing about the area he’d change.
“I don’t like how cold it gets at night,” he said, laughing. “No humidity, that’s nice. But I don’t like how chilly it gets. Other than that, it’s great people. I’ve never seen a better environment, better people.