January 27, 2020 – The California Commotion announced today the signing of infielder, Sam Fischer. Fischer, a veteran professional, and former national team player, is expected to significantly contribute to the launch of the newest team in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF).
Fischer first entered NPF competition in 2016, when she spent two seasons with the Akron Racers. She followed that up with a two year stint as with the independent professional team, Scrap Yard Dawgs while also balancing competition in the Japanese Professional League as a member of the Toda Medics during the 2018 and 2019 competitive seasons .
Throughout her playing career, Fischer has also spent an impressive amount of time as a member of USA Softball, representing the country in international competitions. Seasons with USA Softball include 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Collegiately, Fischer put together one of the most impressive resumes ever assembled during her career at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She was a 3-time All Pacific Coast Softball (PCSC) All-Conference selection while twice being named the PCSC Player of the Year. Fischer remains the record holder in career batting average, homeruns, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, doubles, and walks. In the 2012 season, she led the nation in batting average and slugging percentage with the eye-popping stats of .492 and .665 respectively. For that performance, she became the first All American in LMU softball history, when she was named to the 2012 NFCA All American Team.
For her overwhelming impact on the LMU softball program and LMU athletics in general, Fischer has twice been bestowed a distinguish honor by the university. In 2019, LMU inducted her into the LMU Sports Hall of Fame and also retired her number 52 jersey.
“I am really excited to be part of a brand new team and to not only represent professional softball but my home state of California,” commented Fischer. “I’m excited to see how we compete in the 2020 season and I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my professional career.”
“Signing a player with the portfolio of Sam Fischer is a great opportunity for us,” said Commotion General Manager, Deb Hartwig. “She comes with a ton of experience professionally, as well as internationally. She is a seasoned athlete and will be a strong player to build around.”
The California Commotion will announce their complete 2020 season schedule later this month.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and California Commotion. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.