Poca senior finds new role as impact pitcher for Dots
Poca High School senior Sarah Fisher again figures a prominent position for the Dots softball team this season, though this year in a new role.
Fisher, who has provided a big bat in the lineup and defensively played third base and shortstop, enters the season as one of Poca’s go-to pitchers, following an ACL injury to Taylor Bonnett.
“She was a four-year starter and she played the left side of the infield, but now that we’ve had this injury, she’s stepped up and is going to be one of our two pitchers,” Dots coach David Skeens said of Fisher, “and so far, she’s done real well pitching. She’s going to be a leader.”
At first, Fisher admitted a bit of anxiety assuming her new duties, but quickly understood the impact and how she could assist the squad, she said.
“It’s pretty nerve-wracking,” Fisher said. “I haven’t pitched since middle school. Whenever they came up to me and asked me, I was all for it, because I knew I had to in order for us to be good and accomplish our goals. I had to do it for the team.”
Because of her attitude, in addition to her athletic skills, Skeens said Fisher, a Kentucky Christian University commit, was an easy pick to add to the pitching rotation.
“We knew she pitched in middle school and we know what kind of athlete she is, that she can be driven, that she throws the ball hard, and once we went to her, she bought right into it,” he said. “She understands that in order for us to accomplish the goals that we want to do as far as win our section, win our region and go to states, that we need her to provide some pitching for us.”
With a nice foundation from previous years, it didn’t take long for Fisher to again find her pitching form.
“I picked up pitching real easily, and I think Coach can vouch for me on that one, too,” Fisher said. “I already had some knowledge of pitching. All I had to do was build the endurance, get my arm conditioned right and it’s been good ever since.”
Since last pitching in middle school, Fisher found new wrinkles in her pitching form, she said.
“I’m a lot faster than I used to be,” she said. “Whenever I was pitching in middle school, it was mostly fastball. I would be lucky to get a change-up over the plate. Now, I have a couple more pitches – it’s really about confidence in yourself and, I think, I’ve gained a lot more of that, too.”
As Fisher continues to add to her pitching toolkit, Skeens said he expects Fisher to improve.
“She’s got the basics, so we tried to add movement,” Skeens said. “She’s probably went from throwing a fastball to four different pitches now that she’s already pretty well grasped. She needs to build that endurance, but as she gets more innings, I think she’ll look even better.”
With Fisher’s addition to the rotation, Skeens said he anticipates great results and even some second-guesses why Fisher didn’t make the move sooner.
“I think a lot of people are going to wonder why I didn’t pitch her the last three years,” he said.