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(7-29-17) Last night in Irvine, California in the 2017 PGF All-American Game, ALL-USA High School Player of the Year, Norco (California) Pitcher Taylor Dockins (Cal State Fulluerton commit) pitched a scoreless third inning for the West Coast All-Americans and went 0-2 at the plate in a 7-4 loss to the East All-Americans. Most years that wouldn’t mean much, but this year it was a major win for a young lady facing a curve ball in her life.
After being diagnosed with liver cancer (fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma) last summer she had surgery to remove the left lobe of her liver including a five-inch long tumor. At the end of this season just after finishing a very successful Senior year, it was discovered that the cancer in her had returned after three tumors were found in her liver.
Now that she is on the liver transplant list waiting for a new liver, she is scheduled to begin radiation treatment on Thursday in hopes that the treatment will shrink the tumors enough to surgically remove her liver and replace it with a donor.
For Dockins even to be at the ballpark last night and to be able to play with the best in the country is a win for her against her fight against cancer.
In a USA Today High School Sports story she said:
“It’s been a long process and getting a new liver put inside my body is definitely going to be a big surgery. But the best case is just getting it put in, my body accepting it, taking pills every single day, twenty of them which I am not looking forward [to], and just living life again.”
She had the respect of her opposition:
Corona Centennial coach Krista Humphreys
“Her ability in the circle to hit her corners and change speeds keeps hitters off-balance consistently. She has great command of her pitches and is very poised on the mound.”
- Won 33 Lost 1
- 183 K’s (203 Innings)
- 28 walks
- .454 batting average
- two home runs
- 30 runs scored
- .546 on-base percentage
- .649 slugging percentage
- Southern Section record for all-time wins 108, 33 consecutive wins
Her 108 wins puts her ahead of these other Southern Section pitchers, Tracy Compton, Lisa Fernandez, Michele Granger, Nancy Evans, Dee Dee Weiman, Lori Harrigan, Amanda Freed, Jennie Finch, Keira Goerl and Taryne Mowatt.
5-1 win vs. Centennial as pitcher Taylor Dockins broke the CIF Southern Section records for career wins earning victory #104
Add to the fact that her Norco team ended the season at 33-1 and was ranked most of the year as the #1 team in the country and you can see why Dockins is a special young lady.
Her courage during this real-life battle is amazing, she told USA Today:
“I have my tough days, there is no way around that,” she said. “But you only live once in your life and you have to make it the best. God chose this route for me and I just have to live it to the fullest. Anyone’s day to go can come tomorrow so I just have to keep living. You live once and you have to keep positive and keep fighting whatever it is you’re going through.”
She is a wonderful example of inspiration and courage during this time in her life. When seeing what she has been dealt, both the positive and negative she is showing how a strong determination to win is the key.
You can help out her fight against cancer by donating to her Go Fund Me Account -Taylor Dockins Medical Fund.