The UW-Eau Claire softball team opens play in the NCAA Whitewater Regional tomorrow afternoon when the Blugolds play North Central of Illinois in the first round of the double elimination tournament. The Blugolds need to win the regional to advance to next week's NCAA Division 3 championships which will be held here in Eau Claire. Sportscene 13's Jenn Chapman has this week's Gordy's Athlete of the Week, Amanda Fischer.
"She's one of the most naturally talented athletes that I've ever coached," says Blugolds coach, Leslie Huntington. "She's a true five tool player. You know she's a testament to what you can do if you take your God given ability and work hard to realize your potential."
Blugolds sophomore Amanda Fischer was named the WIAC Position Player of the Year. Why? Because the girl can do it all.
"What aren't her strengths?", says Huntington. "You know, she's got one of the strongest arms of any player that's ever played for me. She's got a great swing. All kinds of power. She's deceptively fast. And just knows the game, and loves the game. Plays with passion, plays with heart."
This catcher is a game changer. She leads the league in stolen bases with 29. Leads the Blugolds with runs scored with 35 and home runs with six.
"She adds a lot of energy for sure and amazing plays and she just knows how to change the momentum if we're down in a game," says pitcher Emma Wishau.
But the humble Wausau native gives the credit back to her teammates.
"We trust each and every player to get their job done and that makes it a lot easier and not as pressure filled to be able to do what I do," says Fischer.
With the long winter, the Blugolds have yet to play at Carson Park but Amanda Fischer wants to lead her team to the NCAA tournament.
"Eau Claire is all of ours, homes away from home and Gelein is that safe haven that we have," adds Fischer. "It means the world to us to be able to play at our home field so we're going to do everything in our power to get there."