Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Lily Fischer signed her letter of intent to play Division I softball at Murray State University on Nov. 14.
Initially the Kentucky university wasn’t even on Fischer’s radar and she thought she would attend one of the Washington state colleges after this year.
“I was just planning on staying local,” she said.
However, she caught the eye of officials from Murray State University while playing third base at a tournament.
“I was pretty surprised when I was at my softball tournament and the scouts from Murray State became interested in me,” said Fischer.
“They didn’t show up to watch me play, they were there to watch another girl, but I just had an awesome game and they told me to call them,” she said.
She did followup with Murray State University and was eventually offered a scholarship. The scholarship surprised Fischer as she wasn’t sure if college softball was going to happen for her.
“It literally blew my mind. It felt like my dreams were coming true,” Fischer said.
“I’ve always wanted to play college softball and just keep playing softball since I started when I was five years old,” she said.
She has visited and toured the campus in Kentucky and said she didn’t expect she would be going so far away from Marysville next year.
“It took me a while to get used to the idea,” she said, however she added it will be a good step into the future for her.
Fischer has played softball since she was a kid.
“I have no worries when I’m out on the field, no stress, just playing hard and being myself,” she said.
“I’ve always liked the adrenaline rush as well,” she added.
She has formed close friendships with a lot of her teammates over the years, Fischer said.
“At M-P, for the past three years, there are about four other girls and we’ve played together since we were 6 or 7 years old,” she said.
“We’re basically like a family, and that’s really what made it special there,” she said.
The M-PHS team has gone to the state tournament twice in the last three years while Fischer has been a part of the team.
Fischer said that the thing she’ll miss the most about playing softball at M-PHS is working with her coach, who she has been coached by since she was a child as well.
“It is going to be hard to leave that,” she said.