As soon as Jameson Fisher walks into the clubhouse at Southeastern, he knows what’s about to happen. It’s become a recurring theme the past few months.
“Do I even deserve to sit next to you right now?” a teammate will ask Fisher, pretending to be starstruck.
If Fisher makes the mistake of wearing a shirt from his summer spent playing in the Cape Cod League, he’ll hear from his roommate, right fielder Webb Bobo.
“You played in the Cape Cod League? How was that?” Bobo calls out rhetorically.
And when Fisher tries to fire a comeback, everyone has a favorite line: “I guess you can do whatever you want when you’re hitting over .500 and leading the nation.”
It’s all in good fun among teammates trying to give Fisher a hard time.
Except for that last one. It has a little merit.
The Lions first baseman currently leads the country with a .510 batting average and a .618 on-base percentage.
He’s also No. 4 in slugging percentage (.854), No. 7 in hits (49), No. 11 in RBIs (39), No. 14 in walks (27) and No. 24 in home runs (8).
Southeastern coach Matt Riser no longer agrees when someone says Fisher has “video game numbers.” Riser says you “can’t even do that on a Nintendo.”
Those numbers are only getting better, too.
Fisher is coming off his best two-week stretch of the season, hitting 10-for-13 with a double, eight RBIs, six runs scored and a stolen base over a five-game span, resulting in consecutive Southland Conference Hitter of the Week awards.
“You can definitely see the attention I’m getting, but I’m really trying not to focus too much on that,” Fisher said. “I’m trying to stay humble and confident and remain a team guy.”
He’s getting attention, all right — from teammates and from the next level.
Team spokesman Damon Sunde said most major league clubs have sent scouts to watch Fisher play at some point this season.
When the Lions hosted Tulane on March 2, almost 30 teams sent scouts to watch Fisher. He went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored as Southeastern went on to a 13-4 victory.
“There’s no question he’s a top-five-rounder,” Riser said. “He might even be like (Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman) Paul Goldschmidt and go in the eighth round but is still a big leaguer.
“Hopefully the right organization gives him the opportunity because he has that ability that you can’t teach. That ‘It’ factor.”
What makes Fisher’s season stand out even more is that few saw it coming.
He had strong freshman and sophomore seasons but sat out last year with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. It required surgery, prompting both Fisher and Riser to expect a much slower start this spring.
But Fisher remained diligent throughout his season away, traveling with the team on almost every road trip and staying in a positive mindset as the leader of the Lions’ Bible study group.
“It would have been easy to just focus on himself and not worry about the team,” Bobo said. “But he was always there, always at the games, keeping up with everybody, working hard to get back, and (he) never really complained about the situation.”
When Fisher returned, Riser decided to shift him from catcher to first base. The Lions had two other senior catchers and a freshman Riser wanted to work in, as well.
Fisher made the 90-foot move with relative ease. He has four errors on the season, three of which came in Southeastern’s first six games.
As for his offense, Fisher spent the summer tweaking his swing with his brother in Zachary.
Naturally, he’s been pleased with the results.
“I feel like I’m really seeing the ball well right now,” Fisher said. “I’m not trying to do too much. I’m not in fear of striking out or trying to hold on to the batting average that I have. I’m taking it one day at a time.”