Danny Fish may not look the part but that shouldn’t mean that he should be underestimated.
Fish, a senior and three-year starter in the infield for the East Forsyth baseball team, describes himself as the “short, scrappy guy with the chip on my shoulder.”
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Fish may not fit the prototypical mold for baseball players in today’s game, but that hasn’t slowed him down.
He will continue his playing career at Gardner-Webb University.
“I liked them because they told me they didn’t care about my size,” said Fish, who said he also was getting interest from Appalachian State, Navy and UNC Asheville. “They told me that I’m a gamer and that they really wanted me to play there. That was good enough for me.”
Fish is one of the fastest players on the Eagles’ team and has a knack for getting on base and scoring runs. After starting the season playing second base, he has since moved to third. He has also picked up two wins on the mound.
“I’m more comfortable playing second base, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team,” said Fish, who is also one of the team captains.
Fish usually bats second in the order and has hit leadoff, including his sophomore season after having a heart-to-heart with Coach Drew Dull.
“I told him I thought I could better help the team if I was hitting near the top of the lineup instead of eighth,” Fish said. “I ended up hitting .350 and scoring a lot of runs, so it worked out well all around.”
He said his batting average slipped last season because he was trying to do too much, but he still found ways to help the team advance to the West regional final of the NCHSAA Class 4-A playoffs.
“I played too tense last year because I was too worried about being recruited and I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Fish said. “Our team played great all season and we had a great run that came up a little short. It didn’t matter how I was playing as an individual because we were winning.”
Fish has been playing baseball since he was 4 and started playing travel ball with the Golden Spikes when he was 8.
“I grew up in a baseball family,” Fish said. “My dad played in high school, and I have two half-sisters that played softball. I played football for a little while and some basketball, but baseball has always had my heart. And because of my size, I feel like I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder. I love that role.”