From Section MVP, to All-State and All-American honors, Pleasant Valley High School junior Dominique Jackson has reeled in a ton of accolades during her time at the varsity level, but recently she was noticed on an even bigger stage with the praise coming from the magazine, Sports Illustrated.
Pleasant Valley High softball standout Dominique Jackson has had some big days in her prep career, but none more impressive than April 15th.
Jackson hit for a "home-run cycle" in a doubleheader sweep over rival Chico.
A solo shot and a three-run blast in the first game, followed by a two-run dinger and a grand-slam in game two.
"As soon as I saw the pitch I wanted, I knew I had to get on it to try and get a good hit. Luckily a couple of them went out," said Jackson.
Thanks to her big day Jackson is now a big hit in one of the most widely circulated magazines, Sports Illustrated.
In the latest edition, the junior first baseman appears in the "Faces in the Crowd" section, a regular series which highlights amateur athletes from around the globe who did something noteworthy.
"There's that awe factor, wow Sports Illustrated, that's pretty big time," said PV softball coach Tony Tallerico.
Ross Field asks, "Do you have a copy?"
"I don't have one, but I'm going to get one and she will autograph mine because I can put her in the lineup or take her out," joked Tallerico. "I'll make sure that gets signed and put up in the office or at home."
Though she's familiar with Sports Illustrated, Jackson wasn't aware of the "Faces in the Crowd" segment and once she found out she was featured in it, the humble slugger was quick to joke about her newfound fame.
"My first question was 'will it be the swimsuit edition?' That's the only one that I know that people really recognize," joked Jackson.
Yet, this splash is still one she's happy about and it sure will be exciting to see what the reigning Northern Section MVP and Fresno State verbal commit can do for an encore.
"I know I can work harder and hopefully I can have something like this happen again," said Jackson.