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Softball: Taylor to host charity event

Valencia grad to raise money for cancer

Posted: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Valencia High graduate and Santa Clarita Valley softball legend Jordan Taylor does one thing better than almost every single woman in the United States of America — pitch.

It is with that talent that the Team USA Softball pitcher has found a way to raise money for FIGHT, a charity she started that raises funds for the pediatric cancer center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Taylor was a star pitcher for the University of Michigan from 2008 to 2011.

This Sunday, at Valencia High’s softball field at 2 p.m., people can take their shot at hitting off her in an event she is calling, “So you think you can hit?”

For a $30 donation, people can have an at-bat against Taylor and receive a T-shirt. Or they can pay $15 and take an at-bat.

All proceeds go to the charity.

“I always want to strike people out. This whole thing blossomed off big football players and baseball players telling me they could hit a ball (what they called) the size of watermelon off me,” Taylor said.

As a pitcher at the University of Michigan, Taylor would visit children stricken with cancer at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with her teammates.

“It kind of makes their day,” Taylor said of visiting the kids in the hospital. “Michigan sports has a huge following. To these kids we were superhuman, not real. It was good for the kids. Every person I know who goes there gets more out of it than the kids do. It grounds you to see these children who should be on a playground running around instead of in a hospital.”

In 2009, her father, John, died of cancer, which has further motivated Taylor to raise money in the fight against the disease.

It’s been a busy summer for the Santa Clarita Valley single-season strikeout queen.

She helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in the World Cup of Softball and a silver in the International Softball Federation World Fastpitch Championship — both in July.

She is currently on break from Team Nagoya Denso — the Japanese professional softball team she plays on.

That team resumes play in September.

This “So you think you can hit?” event is the third. with the previous two happening in Michigan.

Taylor said a lot of the people who participated were men who thought they could get the best of her.

“One person got a hold of one and almost took me yard,” she said. “Other than that, just slow rolling grounders, but mostly strikeouts.”


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