Central’s Else signs to play softball at Adams State
During her four years at Central High School, Tayler Else made countless game-changing plays on the softball field.
Those big plays helped her get noticed by college coaches, and Thursday, Else signed to play softball at Adams State College in Alamosa.
Else’s coach and father, Scott Else, said Grizzles assistant coach Ivy Hansen saw Tayler during the Warriors’ run to the Class 5A state final four and put Else on the recruiting board.
“Ivy said she watched her play at state and in every big situation, she made a play,” Scott Else said. “When other players feel pressure, that’s when she excels, and she lives for that moment.”
Part of the reason for Else’s competitive nature is how much she loves the game. She also plays basketball and soccer at Central, but said she’s looking forward to focusing solely on softball.
“I’m really excited because (softball) never gets old to me,” she said. “I love being out there.”
Else played shortstop for the Warriors, and could eventually play that position for the Grizzlies, but has a chance to see playing time at second base next season.
“They think she can start for them as a freshman at second,” Scott Else said. “She looks to show up and contribute.”
Tayler said she thinks her strength is as a defensively tough middle infielder.
“I know the game of softball really well, and I’m willing to play up the middle,” Else said. “I know what to do with the ball when I get it, and I’m not afraid to get dirty.”
Tayler was considering a few junior colleges, but decided a four-year school would be a better fit. Scott Else said the coaching philosophy of Grizzles’ head coach Dervin Taylor mirrors his, and Adams State looks like a perfect situation for his daughter.
“She went on a recruiting trip and really liked it,” Scott Else said. “(She) liked the coach, got along with the girls and Coach Taylor has the same philosophy that I do.”
Other prep athletes to commit recently include two volleyball players from Grand Junction signing with Trinidad State Junior College. Tigers outside hitter Lauren Gadeken and setter Ashleigh Wilson both committed to the Trojans. Both players played their club volleyball with the Western Colorado Volleyball Club.
Other commitments from the club are outside hitter Taryn Pearce of Glenwood Springs signing with Fort Lewis College, and Demons setter Kehaulani Vegas signing with St. Petersburg (Fla.) College.