Rhea County lefty pitcher Jared Fisher will take his talents across the river to Athens, Tenn. as he will continue his academic and baseball career at Tennessee Wesleyan University.
The gradating senior made it official on Thursday morning during a signing ceremony at Rhea County High School in front of his family, friends and teammates.
RCHS head baseball coach Rusty Ray is pleased with his Fisher, his development as a player the last four years and where he’s headed overall both on and off the field.
“Jared came in and sat patiently until it was his time and it paid off for him. He’s grown into a man and I’m proud of him. He’s getting ready to see what it is all about to be an athlete in college,” Ray said.
“There is no free time and he’ll have to prioritize everything but I know he’ll do well. I wish him the best and I appreciate what he’s meant to our program.”
Fisher said it has been a journey but he’s enjoyed his time in Evensville and said coach Ray is one of the best he’s had and that he will miss being a Golden Eagle and how well the team meshed together.
That same type environment at TWU helped make the decision a little easier for the 6-3 lefty.
“I chose Tennessee Wesleyan because they have a great Pre-Physical Therapy program and that’s what I’d like to pursue so I can help others. It is also close to home so I don’t have to travel several hours just go back and forth,” Fisher said. “They also have a promising baseball program so it just seemed like the best of both worlds for me,” he added.
Fisher said that while he also explored other options nothing seemed to be quite like Tennessee Wesleyan and he appreciated how the program seems to be family-oriented.
“I looked at few others but none of them fit like Wesleyan did. They seem to be a very close-knit organization and I liked that about them,” he added.
The TWU signee said he’s made great strides since his freshman year both athletically and from an attitude standpoint and credited his head coach for guiding that transformation.
“I’ve gotten taller and developed into a better player and that’s mostly because Coach Ray has helped us grow as both as players and students,” he said.
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