|Written by Jeff Falk|
| How unusual is it for a high school athlete to accept a Division One scholarship in the middle of his junior year? Derek Fisher is far from a usual scholastic student. Fisher, a junior at Cedar Crest, recently verbally committed to accept an athletic grant-in-aid to play baseball at the University of Virginia. It will be more than a year before Fisher can actually sign his official letter-of-intent to play for the Cavaliers.
During the spring of 2009 – his sophomore season – Fisher led the Falcons with three home runs, 20 runs and 16 RBIs. For his accomplishments, the 6-3, 210-pounder received an honorable mention as an all-state player and was named a first-team Lebanon County all-star.
But Fisher did not compete in the Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League over the summer, instead electing to play high-profile ‘traveling’ baseball. Fisher played for Elite Black, a traveling team based in Lancaster that competed in the Wood Bat Nationals in Cobb, GA..