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John Dorner – 500 Wins

(5-2-17) On Saturday April 22nd, 2017 St. Henry Head Baseball Coach John Dorner picked up his 500th career win in charge of the Redskin program.

500th WIN GAME RECAP

Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBIs and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs to lead St. Henry at the plate.

Pitcher Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings, striking out five and earning the win.

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Dorner’s first team in 1990

A career that started in 1990 has turned into a Hall of Fame induction and three OHSAA State Baseball Championships and still going strong, all 500 wins have been at St. Henry.

Dorner’s team have won three state titles in all three trips to the final four (1999, 2000, 2003) and  five State Poll Championships (1998, 2002, 2003, 2013 and 2014),  a 31-2 record in 1999 and a 30-3 record in 2003.  St. Henry has seven Midwest Athletic Conference titles during his run –  (7): 15, 14, 09, 03, 99, 98, 95 – Dorner is a member of the OHSBCA Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2014.

Coach Dorner shared some of his moments over his career at St. Henry:

1) Did you remember your first coaching victory? 

The answer is actually no.

After picking up #500 a week ago Saturday, I had several former players stop by the house and share a couple of cold ones while reminiscing about the good ole’ days.  That was actually one of the first questions asked, and I didn’t know the answer.  We drug out the old scorebooks and looked it up.  My first varsity coaching victory was in March of 1990, in my second game as head coach of St. Henry, by a score of 9-4 against Ansonia. Incidentally, the winning pitcher was Paul Moorman, who would later be an assistant coach for 10 years.

2) Special memories or moments over the years…

Obviously, the three State Titles are at the top, but what you remember most about those championships are the road to getting there.  The journey is truly way more memorable and rewarding than the destination.

But, what I relish the most, is seeing former players come to a game with their wife and kids, and see the sparkle in their eyes as they tell their kids stories of when they played ball.  I love it when these former players come up and ask “Hey Coach…how’s the team this year?”

3) Keys to St. Henry Success?

Good People.  First off, my wife and kids.  Brenda has spent much more time than she probably cares to mention at the ball diamond.  I wouldn’t have been able to stay in coaching this long if she wouldn’t have been as supportive and helpful.  I always tried to make all the kids special events, plays and concerts as they grew up, but sometimes it meant me showing up a couple of minutes late in a baseball uniform.  I love them for being so understanding and for getting involved in the baseball program in one way or another throughout the years.

Coaches…I have truly been blessed to have so many dedicated and influential coaches in the St. Henry Baseball Program.  Without a doubt, they have made all the difference in our program.

And obviously the players are what it has all been about.  I’ve coached a bunch of good young men that have helped create some incredible memories for an aging baseball fanatic.

4) Thank yous…

 I’ve made some great friends over the years, thanks to baseball.  Believe it or not, most of my best friends are former players, opposing baseball coaches and umpires.

I’ve also been pretty lucky to have good support from school staff and administration over the years.

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