The Spirits (50+) welcome Kent Fischer to the team starting in 2023. Fischer is originally from Lyndonville, New York, population 800. Kent will provide a solid glove and arm at the shortstop position, and the team looks forward to reaping the benefits of Fischer’s bat on offense.
Kent played 3 years as the varsity starter at shortstop, where he served as a team captain in his junior and senior years in high school. He led the league in hitting as a senior, hitting around .470 as his teams went 45-16 over his three years of tenure, resulting in three league championships. Fischer was All-League as a both a junior and senior.
Fischer didn’t play in college, giving up baseball after high school to focus on soccer where he was an All Western New York goalie in high school. He attended Syracuse and tried to make the team as a walk-on but didn’t make the final cut and unfortunately, Syracuse didn’t have a baseball team.
2023 will be Kent’s 21st season playing men’s baseball. Fischer spent the last four seasons playing in the DFW-ABA (50+) league where he played SS for the Aces. Kent hit .556 / .613 / .809 over those four seasons (58 games). He hit for the cycle against the Metroflex on 4/30/22, and was the Aces All-Star pick each year there was a game played. On Wednesday nights, Fischer plays with the Los Viejos in the (40+) league. Kent led the team in hitting in Spring ’22 at .536, but was limited to 11 games due to a pulled hamstring.
Fischer has two boys, ages 17 and 14. Neither one are ball players and it kills him that they don’t share the love of the game. His youngest is into football, so that’s something Kent looks forward to. He met my wife at a small newspaper in New Hampshire where they were both working after college. Following that stint, Fischer was a reporter and his wife sold advertising. The couple will be married 25 years this August (2023).
Kent spent 16 years as a journalist, ending his career at the Dallas Morning News in 2009. He left the newspaper business in 2009 to go into public relations and his career has taken him all over the country. He and his wife have lived in seven different states (and he played in men’s baseball leagues in 4 of them) and he’s had the opportunity to see and write about some crazy things as a reporter. In 2018, when they had the chance to return to DFW, they chose to settle down in Keller, Texas. Fischer is currently the Director of Communications for a consulting firm called The Learning Agency, where they help education organizations and advocates improve public schools for the kids who need it most.