Sissonville High’s Jacob Fisher has been nearly unstoppable in the batter’s box this season.
In fact, the only thing that’s come close to slowing the 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore middle infielder is a suspension he served after a collision at the plate when the Indians faced Magnolia earlier this season.
“I’m aggressive and I got in a little bit of trouble a few games ago,” Fisher said between games of the Indians doubleheader sweep over Poca at Sissonville on Tuesday evening. “It was not intentional … I meant no harm.
“He stepped up the line a little bit and I didn’t get my full slide in. I stumbled coming in and I went head first instead of feet first. I did hit him and the umpire saw what he saw, but I just slid a little bit late.”
Intent aside, Fisher had to deal with the fact that he had to miss three games.
“It’s been hard,” Fisher said of the suspension. “It really ate at me missing those three games, but I’m back now.”
With Fisher back at the top of the batting order, the Indians were back in the win column against the Dots with wins of 7-6 and 12-6. The wins snapped a three-game losing skid and improved the Indians to 12-9, while Poca dropped its seventh straight in falling to 4-11.
Fisher finished the evening 3-for-7 at the plate, to move his Kanawha Valley-leading batting average to .522. Fisher also added a pair of stolen bases to his valley-leading 24.
Fisher, who sports a 4.7 GPA in the classroom, attributes his success at the plate to another year’s experience and more patience at the plate, the latter being a work in progress.
“I’m going opposite field,” said Fisher, who batted .270, with 24 steals as a freshman. “I’m living opposite field this year and just trying to go to with the pitches.
“I don’t jump on a lot of first pitches as the lead-off batter because I like to go deep in the count. I like to make the pitcher work and make him throw me a good pitch to hit.”
A calmer demeanor has also helped.
“Coming up and starting your freshman year is something else, it really is,” Fisher said. “It’s a big responsibility and it puts a lot on you. This year, I’ve calmed down a lot and things seem easier.”
Sissonville coach Kenny Harper likes what Fisher brings to the team as a lead-off man, other than his .500-plus batting average.
“He really understands his job as a lead-off hitter,” Harper said. “He’s just another year older and he’s just a good hitter right now.
“He hits it where it’s pitched and he’s not afraid to take a walk. He’s been patient and he goes deep in the count. He’s just a real good player. I’d like to have about 15 of him.”
Sissonville earned the win in the first game behind a strong pitching performance by sophomore Josh Landis.
Landis worked 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win, but needed relief help from Ethan Lauchart to close the game.
After building 5-0 lead after three innings, and 7-2 after four, the Indians held on as the Dots played long ball.
Jake Payne led the Dots’ comeback effort with three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI. Noah Frampton also had three RBI, highlighted by a two-run blast.
Lauchart ended the game with a strikeout with the tying and go ahead runs on third and second bases, respectively.
JR Stricklen led the Indians with two hits and two RBI, while Dominic Walker added two hits in four plate appearances.
The nightcap started much the same, with the Indians plating five runs off of Poca starter Noah Frampton.
Frampton was also hurt by three errors in the inning. Poca finished with seven errors in game two and had 12 total errors in 13 defensive innings.
“We made seven errors and a couple other mistakes that weren’t errors, from overthrowing the cut to other mental mistakes,” said Poca coach Mike Hutchinson. “Seven errors in the game is 2 1/3 innings that we gave them for free. Basically we hit for seven innings and gave them nine and a third. When you give away that many extra innings, you’re really at a disadvantage.”
Poca showed some signs of life with a six-run third inning that cut its deficit to 7-6, but the Indians added four runs in the top of the seventh to pull away.
Carson Cottrill led Poca with three hits and an RBI, while Frampton added two hits and two RBI.
For Sissonville, Fisher and Houston Hill had three hits each, followed by Dominic Walker with two hits and two RBI. Hill led Sissonville with three RBI, while Fisher and Ethan Lauchart knocked in two runs each.