NEW CASTLE —
THE MISSING ELEMENT
Standing at 5-foot-11 with a lean hitter’s frame, the physical tools always have been there for Fischer. And while she’s had a prosperous high school career up until now, she’s never quite had the success she’s enjoyed as of late.
“Confidence has a lot to do with it,” Fischer said. “In the beginning of the season, I was lacking confidence, and I feel that had something to do with the fact that maybe I wasn’t hitting as well. It definitely helps me when I’m up to bat, because that way, I know I can help the team out. I just feel that I know I can hit the ball.”
The production from Fischer has added more toughness to a Lady Lancers’ lineup that provides a threat from the first batter in the order to the last. The concept of one through nine, developed by coach Tracy Kimmel last season, has been one the team has bought into, believing that every batter through the order, one through nine, is capable of coming up big at any moment.
“That’s what we were looking for. She hits in the sixth-hole, and we have (Madison) Shaffer in the seventh-hole. That’s hard to get through,” Kimmel said. “We’ve got kids on base before that, and they knock them in. That’s what you want. You have to be just as solid at the bottom of the order as you are at the top if you really want to go a long way. I think that’s where we’ve had it over a lot of teams. After you get through about five hitters or so on the other team, then there’s a pretty good drop off. We pride ourselves on one through nine, that OTN. That’s what we’ve initiated here the last couple of years, and that’s what we go with. We believe in it. The kids believe in it.”
Fischer, who also plays basketball for Neshannock, finds herself second on the team with a .542 average, trailing only Rayanna Furst (.576) in that regard. She paces the team in doubles (11) and is second in triples (6).