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November 15, 2012

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RICHMOND —

Ben Fisher — EKU

Madison Central standout first-baseman Ben Fisher has been a two-year starter for the Indians and following last season was named to the Kentucky Junior All-Star Team.

In 2012, Fisher hit .357 with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 28 RBIs. He also scored 25 runs, had a .447 on-base percentage, a .518 slugging percentage and a .975 fielding percentage.

He also had a 4-1 record on the mound with a 3.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings pitched.

“He’s a guy who we think can hit for some power and we know he’s an excellent defensive player,” EKU coach Jason Stein said. “At the college level, first base is a position you need to get some offensive production out of and he can do that. He can hit for average and we are also going to give him an opportunity on the mound as well.”

As a sophomore, Fisher hit .359 with 13 RBIs, scored 15 runs, had a .444 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

“He’s a team player and a great hitter,” Central coach Steve Roof said of Fisher. “He’s the best first baseman I’ve ever coached.”

Fisher helped lead the Indians to district titles in each of the past two seasons as the team compiled an overall record of 59-15.

“It’s too early to say (if he will play as a freshman),” Stein said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he is there on day one. We are going to have some freshman next year who are going to have to help us out and Ben certainly has the ability.”

The hard-hitting left-handed first baseman is set to join an EKU squad that is coming off a breakthrough season.

The Colonels won 31 games and tied for a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title with Austin Peay. EKU led the nation in home runs per game (1.25) and  led the OVC in slugging percentage (.482), doubles (12), triples (21), home runs (65) and total bases (902).

“It’s good to have a local guy,” Stein said. “We want to recruit locally. We want to win the state as well (in recruiting) and we’ve got a quality player in Ben.”

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