Fisher heads to D-II power after record season

Sarah Fisher is flanked by her coaches on signing day: L to R: Augrista Belford, Mark Eldridge, head coach Lacey Craft, Marissa Valdez and Kali Pugh.
Sarah Fisher is flanked by her coaches on signing day: L to R: Augrista Belford, Mark Eldridge, head coach Lacey Craft, Marissa Valdez and Kali Pugh.

SAN MARCOS (6-15-2018) -- Palomar's Sarah Fisher, the CCCAA State Community College Player of the Year who is headed to emerging NCAA Division II power Colorado Christian University, left her mark on the Comets' softball program, the Pacific Coach Athletic Conference and California Community College softball.

Scratch that statement.

Fisher left her marks (plural) on all three.

The freshman outfielder out of Rancho Buena Vista High School led the state in, among a bevy of categories, batting average (.594), hits (95), home runs (17), runs batted in (77), runs scored (71) and slugging percentage (1.056).

Fisher's hits total ranks her third in the history of California community college softball and broke both the Southern California community college record of 91 set by Alyssa Gutierrez of Cypress in 2006 and the Palomar record of 90 set by current Comets assistant coach Augrista Belford (who later starred for the University of Arkansas and Cal State Northridge) in 1995.

By comparison, the National Junior College Athletic Association (non-California colleges) all-time hits record is 92, three hits fewer than Fisher's 2018 total.

Fisher's RBIs total ties her for fourth in the state all-time and is a Southern California record, breaking the mark of 76 set by Celina Felix from Mt. SAC in 2014. It also breaks current Palomar assistant coach Kali Pugh's Palomar record of 65 set in 2015,

Her runs scored puts her sixth in the state history, fifth best all-time in Southern California and breaks Pugh's Palomar 2015 record of 68.

Fisher's batting average is only two points off Belford's 1996 Palomar record of .596.

And her 17 home runs ties her for the Palomar record set by Kenda Leffler, who went on to star for UNLV, back in 1990. Leffler's mark stood as a state record for 17 years.

Fisher is one of the best defensive ourfielders in the state, with plus-plus speed and a plus-plus arm.

Along with State Pitcher of the Year Alicia Garcia and shortstop / closer Allie Hughen, in her only season at Palomar, Fisher led the Comets to a 41-6 record, an unbeaten conference championship season, and the state championship game.

At the eight-team State Tournament finals, she had the best batting average of any player (.613) and was named the tournament's Outstanding Hitter -- the only major award a Mt. SAC player did not win.

Last (?) but not least, she is a team leader, a team player and softball smart as well as classroom smart.

Not bad for someone who didn't even play to play softball when she came to Palomar, until her travel ball coach suggested it, that she had "got to play for Lacey Craft."

"We would love to have her back, and she would have undoubtedly have been a big-time Division I prospect if she stayed another year, but she is ready to go academicly really likes the school (Colorado Christian) and the program they're building," Craft said.

Colorado Christian University, located in Lakewood, Colorado, went 43-15 in 2018, won the Rocky Mountain Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament in San Angelo, Texas, where the Cougars were finally elimiminated by Cameron University from Lawton, Oklahoma. It was the Cougars' best season in history.