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Taylor Dockins of Norco chosen USA Today’s National Softball Player of the Year

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

The awards continue to pile up of Taylor Dockins.

Dockins, the recent Norco graduate who set the CIF-Southern Section record for career pitching wins, has been chosen as USAToday.com’s National Softball Player of the Year. This announcement comes just eight days after Dockins was presented with the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award.

THANK YOU @usatodayhss for this iconic award!! I appreciate it so much & I can’t thank you enough!! Truly blessed 💙

— Taylor Dockins (@16tmoney) June 15, 2017

Dockins returned to the diamond after being diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare and hard-to-detect liver cancer. She went 33-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 183 strikeouts in the circle during her senior season and finished her outstanding prep career with a 108-18 record. Dockins also was a standout at the plate for the Cougars, batting .454 with two home runs and 27 runs batted in.

Norco finished the season 33-1, the lone loss coming to Los Alamitos in the CIF-Southern Section’s Division 1 championship. The Cougars finished No. 2 in in USAToday.com’s final national rankings.

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There could be more awards in Dockins’ future. She is a finalist for CalHiSports.com’s Ms. Softball, which honors the top softball player in California. MaxPreps.com soon will be announcing its National Player of the Year award, and Dockins is among the candidates for the honor, too.

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