NEW CASTLE —
Beyond the statistics, Fischer brings a leadership element to a team that isn’t short of the pressure of expectations.
“I try to keep the team together and make sure everybody is focused. I get off task sometimes and they keep me in line. I try to give everything I can for the team — fielding, hitting and just keeping everybody with their right head on,” she said. “If somebody gets down, I try to help them so they’re ready for their next at bat. That way, they can benefit and help the team as well.”
It’s Fischer who leads the team before each game and after each practice with a shout of “OTN, get it done!” to incite her teammates. While OTN, one through nine, isn’t something new, the inclusion of “get it done” to the battle cry is a unique twist this season.
“I started yelling it last year whenever the older seniors left and they needed someone to scream it. I kind of did it myself,” Fischer said. “Get it done just means to stay focused, get the task done at hand, don’t let anything get to us and just get it done.”
Neshannock has certainly gotten it done this season, winning games by an average score of 12-1, including 12 shutouts. While her bat may be smoking, the field also has been an area Fischer has been able to contribute.
“She’s great defensively, too. She’s very good. In fact, I went out and bought her a first basemen’s mitt when she moved up to ninth grade,” Kimmel said. “When I got her that first basemen’s mitt, she didn’t have one. I said yeah, you’re going to be over here for me. I went over to the Glove Doctor over in Ohio. He had about four or five first base mitts. I picked one out, and boy, she loved it. She’s had it ever since. She’s saved us a lot of runs and a lot of baserunners because she can go up in the air (with her height) and get them. She’s very agile around there.”