RINGLING — Throughout the proud history of Ringling Lady Blue Devils softball, there have been many outstanding players to throw on the trademark blue jersey.
RINGLING — Throughout the proud history of Ringling Lady Blue Devils softball, there have been many outstanding players to throw on the trademark blue jersey. Some of those lucky enough to sport the blue, yellow and white have even gone on to play college softball, and earn the highest honor of being named All-State. There’s a new name that can be added to that list. Senior standout Steelie Price recently became the latest Lady Blue Devils player to earn the All-State honor as she was selected as a member of the Small West Team for the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association. Price’s recognition keeps a proud tradition going of All-State nods for Ringling softball, which included last year with London Lewis. “I’m so proud of Steelie and everything she has accomplished here at Ringling,” Lady Blue Devils coach Steve Pybas said. “She is such a great leader and teammate. She’s always so unselfish, and is always putting her teammates first before herself. Steelie is just an outstanding young woman who represents her family, school and community with great pride and humility.” “She’s been a great role model for so many people throughout these last four years,” Pybas added. “Besides being a great athlete, she’s an even better person. I’ve been very lucky and very blessed to have gotten to coach her the last four years at Ringling.” This season, Price hit .402 at the plate and totaled an. 850 fielding percentage. She finished with 23 RBI’s to go with 33 hits and 31 runs scored, while totaling a .512 slugging percentage. “I had to wait a very long time to find out if I made All-State or not,” Price said. “I can honestly say I put everything I had into this season. To find out I had made it was a big relief for me personally.” “It feels so good to have been named All-State,” Price added. “I’ve gotten to play with some great girls including London (Lewis), and she has been a great influence on me as a player. Seeing Angel (Stoker) as well was a big influence on my career.” Ringling was able to make it back to the regional tournament this season after claiming another district title. Price said she is beyond thankful for her teammates and her coaches for this season. “Coach Pybas supports me and everyone else in everything we do,” she said. “He pushes us hard and expects our best. I’m so glad I get to experience being escorted down the third base line at All-State with coach Pybas. That’s a moment I’ve been waiting for my entire life. We made people believe in us this season.” Steelie said she plans on attending Southeastern State University for college with plans to obtain a nursing degree as well as continuing her cheer career.