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April 2, 2011

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ORO VALLEY, Ariz. —

It might not be all that surprising. Her father is a Los Angeles Dodgers scout, and her grandfather, Dallas Green, the no-nonsense manager who led the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series title in 1980.

Jack Ward, Ward's 8-year-old son who played with Christina-Taylor for two years, will be at first base this year and plans on remembering her in his own unique way.

"First base is pretty close to second base so every time I go out to first position I'm going to touch second," he said. "I think what's going to be on my mind is that she's an angel and she was really good."

He said when Christina-Taylor first joined the team he wasn't all that excited because she's a girl.

"I was like, girls are better at softball. By the second game I thought maybe girls are better at both," he said.

John Ward said Christina-Taylor proved her grit on the field one day when she was hit with a 40 mph fastball in the kidney area. She fell to the ground in pain.

"By the time I got there, she was back up, we dusted her off and there was a grimace on her face," Ward said. "I asked her, 'What do you want to do — hit it or take your base?' And she said, 'I want to hit!' She knew what she wanted to do before I ever got there."

If Christina-Taylor had taken the base, a runner on third would have walked in and scored. Instead, she took her turn at the plate, punching a hard line drive right up the middle and bringing in two runs.

"What sticks out most is just the smile on her face when she got to first base knowing she had done her job," Ward said.

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