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Neshannock

June 12, 2013

Athlete of the Week: Meet Alexandra Fischer of Neshannock

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NEW CASTLE — THE DEVELOPMENT

Fischer began playing in a 10-and-under slo-pitch league under Julie Burrelli, mother of current teammates Katie Burrelli and Cassidy Burrelli. Early bonds have contributed to an easy-going ballclub that can truly enjoy the work of each individual player.  

“It means a lot. I know it means a lot to everybody else as well,” Fischer said. “Our school is very close, and I know we get a lot of encouragement from everybody, including the parents, the coaches and the staff at the school. It means a lot. We’re one family, because we are so close.”

To help her along in her development, Fischer leaned on her father, Ross, and her brothers, Ryan and Brandon, former baseball players. Ross played youth baseball in New York, while Ryan and Brandon played for the Neshannock baseball team.

“I would probably not be where I am now, starting out as a young girl, without them pushing me to do better —just playing catch outside every day and helping me with the little things that I need to do at home that couldn’t be done at practice,” Alexandra said. “So, I owe a lot to them.”

As Fischer continues to mold into a dynamic threat at the plate and in the field for the Lady Lancers, it’s hard for an outside observer to poke any holes in her game. Still, Fischer was quick to point out one flaw — her running ability. Asked whether or not she would have been able to stretch those three triples against Elk County Catholic into home runs had she been just a bit quicker, Fischer responded with a laugh.   

“Maybe, but we’ll never know,” she joked. “Maybe if I was Ray (Furst), but I’m not that fast.”

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THE ALEXANDRA FISCHER FILE

POSITION: First baseman

TEAM: Neshannock

GRADE: 11

KNOWN FOR: In her last three games, Fischer is 6 for 9 with three triples, two doubles and four RBIs.

PARENTS: Ross and Andrea Fischer

FAVORITE PRO PLAYER AND WHY: Jennie Finch, former USA Women’s Softball pitcher. “She’s a good role model for everybody. She’s a very hard worker.”

FAVORITE SOFTBALL TEAM AND WHY: Oklahoma Sooners. “I like the Sooners because of (pitcher) Keilani Ricketts. I like to watch her play.”

FUTURE PLANS: Fischer is undecided as to what college she will be attending, but would like to do something in the medical field, preferably with animals.

 

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