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THE DALLES WAHTONKA pitcher Dakota Walker (middle) surveys play from the dugout with teammate Kaci Kiser (left) in Monday’s 5A baseball game versus Marist in Eugene. Walker, who is in remission from Burkitt’s Leukemia, got the starting nod for his first live action on the diamond since April 2012.

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Walker makes triumphant return: Senior pitcher gets the start 11 months after cancer diagnosis

Nothing can take the place of a baseball diamond. Players and fans describe the ambiance as breathtaking – there is the smell of the grass and hot dogs grilling, the chills of early March games that dissipate with the heat of June.

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