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Memorial created 04-13-2010 by
Rhonda Bachner
David Jordan Bachner
January 16 1991 - August 11 2009

"UNHITTABLE"

David J. Bachner, son of Rhonda and Steve Bachner, was a Plainsboro, NJ resident and a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North ... Home of The Northern Knights.

David was Captain of the WW-P North baseball team, and named baseball player of the year by both the Trenton Times and the Trentonian. In addition, he was All CVC Player of the Year and CVC Left Handed Pitcher of the Decade.

During his high school career, David broke numerous records on his way to earning a full scholarship to Seton Hall University. His accomplishments on the baseball field were matched only by his astonishing ability to make those around him smile every day.

David was not only a fine athlete, but also a person who was caring of others. It was David's dream to play professional baseball and to use his career to sponsor and mentor children, who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to be exposed to sports, and the boundless benefits and impact that athletics have on kids.

Although David was with us a short period of time, he has left a lasting impression on those he met and made their lives better for knowing him.

This online memorial was created in loving memory of David, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website.

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David Bachner was just 18 years old, a star pitcher at West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School in New Jersey who was about to continue his pitching career on a scholarship at Seton Hall, until his mother found him on the floor of his bathroom in cardiac arrest Aug. 11.

David Bachner, by all accounts, touched everyone who knew him, even if they were unaware of his pitching talents. Teachers, school officials and students knew him by his smile, his confidence and his sincerity. The baseball community also knew him for his pitching. He set school records with a 17-3 record, 1.50 ERA and 239 strikeouts. His senior season was one of the best in New Jersey history: 9-2 with a 0.97 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings.

At 6-foot-2, he was the embodiment of health and promise, except for a slight problem with his heart. He had worn a heart monitor briefly during his American Legion season, but no one seemed too concerned. "We were aware Dave had a slight mitral valve disorder," his father, Steve Bachner, said, "but this is a manageable disorder and he passed his athletic stress tests with flying colors."
One day he was the best pitcher in the history of his high school, ready for a career at Seton Hall and beyond, and the next day there was no answer on his cell phone when his parents tried to reach him. They called 911 and raced home. They arrived before the police officers. Rhonda Bachner found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor.
David was gone. It made no sense, though doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are trying to determine why, at least in medical terms. West Windsor-Plainsboro North renamed its field David J. Bachner Field. At his wake, 1,400 people waited in line for hours to say goodbye to David.
"David touched everyone," Rhonda said. "He will never be forgotten."

 
 

 

 

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