After serving a term behind the plate with the Montgomery County varsity softball team that was as long as some Presidential runs, senior Jordan Fischer signed her national letter of intent on Friday to play softball at State Fair Community College starting in the fall.
"It feels really good. I'm excited to start this new chapter in my life," said Fischer. "I have friends who go to State Fair Community College, so I'm really looking forward to playing with them again. I love the campus and I'm ready for all of this because my parents really pushed me."
While State Fair was the only school Fischer was considering, because she hopes to one day become a Dental Hygenist, the two sides have been meshing seemlessy ever since. During her time with the Lady Wildcats she was their four-year starting catcher, and even though that also bodes well for her future on, Montgomery County now has to find a new player at that position for the first time in a long time.
"Fischer has mproved tremendously, but this was her best season," said Montgomery County varsity softball coach Audra Heimer. "She hit leadoff for us and anytime she hit the ball hard to start the game that always set a good pace, especially when she'd connect on that very first pitch. Fischer is good behind the plate. She blocks a lot of balls. She's smart and she know's what she's doing, and that helps a lot. We have a couple eighth graders who should be able to step up, but they have big shoes to fill."
As a senior with the Lady Wildcats Fischer had a .521 batting average on 37 hits in 71 at-bats over the course of 22 games according to maxpreps.com. The senior also charted 17 RBI, 16 runs, 13 doubles, 10 walks, three triples and a .781 slugging percentage.
"She'll definitely be hard to replace on the field, but she's also a great person. Fischer and Anna Ford both lead by example," Heimer said. "They set the pace for the team and everyone looks up to them. They're who eveybody wants to be like."
Even though sfccmoroadrunners.com doesn't have a 2017-18 roster for the softball team posted yet, its 2016-17 lineup included area players Kaylee Shumaker from Centralia and Wellsville-Middletown's Emily Guyton. For the season the team went 11-38 overall, 3-19 Missouri Community College Athletic Conference.
"Her former teammates have nothing but good things to say aboput her and we're looking forward to getting her on-campus. We have a 54 game season that takes place over two and a half months, so Fischer will definitely get some time behind the plate in year one. No doubt," said State Fair CC coach Lyndsey Talbot. "She'll be fine. She knows some of the girls. That should help a lot with the transition. We play in the spring. That gives her a semester and 12 fall games to get into the college groove."
Looking at the numbers from a year ago, the Lady Roadrunners could really use Fischer's help at the plate after hitting just .255 as a team with a .327 on-base percentage and a .363 slugging percentage. The squad also racked up 179 runs and 18 homeruns in 49 games in 2016-17.