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Rhonda Bachner
David Jordan Bachner
January 16 1991 - August 11 2009

David Jordan Bachner accomplished something in his short 18 years that many aspire to do, but only a select few actually manage to do: leave a legacy.

"I think the key thing for him was not his accomplishments in athletics, but really what he accomplished in his life and being friends to other people," Steve Bachner, David's father, said. "That was really his life; we found that out afterwards. He's really been an inspiration but not because of baseball. I really don't think baseball had that much to do with it. Baseball wasn't all that he was about. 

Yes, Bachner was good at baseball. He was talented enough to rewrite the West Windsor-Plainsboro North record book for a pitcher, earn a scholarship to Seton Hall University and garner The Times' 2009 Player of the Year honors.

But to see just how much Bachner's life extended and affected people beyond the baseball diamond, all you have to do is check his ever-active Facebook page over the last two days as the posts have been increasing with a swiftness reminiscent of one of the fastball's he used to strike out 239 career batters.

Since his passing, Aug. 11, 2009, his Facebook page has been an outlet for family, friends and acquaintances to reminisce and share stories about David's life, vent frustration about how someone who meant so much to so many people could be taken at such a young age, as well as to ask for guidance through their own personal struggles.

"Facebook has been a good outlet, particularly for a lot of kids," Steve said. "The one thing they don't deal with in school is death. There's no course for what happens when you lose a close friend."

David's mother Rhonda, has been especially active on the social networking site, not only by helping to keep her son's legacy alive, but also by reaching out to other families who have recently lost a child.

"She's been a big help to a lot of people who have lost kids recently," Steve said. "She's offered them support and told them where they can go to seek help. She's writing to them. That's just what she does. She's really been an inspiration to a lot of people. There's nothing we can do to bring him back. The only thing we can do is help others now. Maybe we can help people get through a situation like that. It happens all the time. You're aware of it if it's happened to you, but if it didn't happen to you you're probably not aware of it. Unfortunately, we're aware of it. We'll never forget David. David's with us every day. His memories will never leave us.

Friends and classmates have played an integral role in making sure that not only memories of David are sustained, but by creating new memories as well.

Since his passing, Rhonda and Steve have had well over 1,000 T-shirts and 2,000 bracelets emblazoned with "Unhittable". No. 16" made.

Friends and family, in their travels, have sent pictures from all corners of the world - the United Kingdom, Scotland, New Zealand, Italy, Phillipines and Tokoyo - as well as across the country wearing their T-shirts and bracelets.

In addition, more than a dozen family and friends - including a pair of kids he was set to become teammates with at Seton Hall - have gotten the initials "DJB" tattooed on their body.

"A tattoo's pretty permanent," Steve said, cracking a laugh.

And so is Bachner's legacy. In the past year there have been basketball and hockey games held in his memory. Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated penned a touching piece on the life of Bachner and Greg Montalbano, a former Red Sox draft pick and fellow left-hander pitcher who lost a battle with cancer 10 days after David passed.

Patches with his initials were sewn into the jerseys and his No. 16 was etched into the cap of both the WW-P North and Seton Hall baseball teams. Seton Hall had Steve and Rhonda throw out the first pitch of their first home game and hung a banner in right field all season long. The West Windsor and Plainsboro communities and more than 1,000 people strong gathered in May for David Bachner Day at the field. Knight's head baseball coach Bob Boyce even hung around for one more year just to ensure that David was honored properly.

And through determined and generous family, friends, and, in some cases strangers, more than $30,000 has been raised which the family will use to help less fortunate children in David's honor.

"I like to believe his passing has helped a lot of kids and like to believe it's given tham a lot of inspiration." Steve said. "His life was so great. Nobody had a better life than he did, as short as it was. He went out on top. What can I say, he was a great kid."

Article written by Kevin Maloney ....The Trenton Times 



               Bachner honored today at Knights-Pirates game

Today is David J. Bachner Day at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

The day which has been conceived around the final meeting of the 2010 baseball season between the Northern Knights and their crosstown rivals and friends from WW-P South, will honor the memory of Bachner, the 18-year old left-handed pitcher who passed away Aug. 11 of last year after a record setting senior season for WW-P North.

After finishing his summer season with the WW-P American Legion baseball team, David died at home while his parents, Steve and Rhonda were at work. His death came a little less than a month before Bachner was suppose to begin classes at Seton hall University, the Division 1 Big East school where he had gained a scholarship to continue playing the sport he loved.

Bachner took the area by storm in 2009, finishing his high school career by striking out a Colonial Vslley Conference single-season record 125 batters and leading WW-P North to its first NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III title and a school-best 23-4 mark. He was named CVC Player of the Year for his accomplishments.

A days' worth of events have been planned at the school from 10 a.m. on today to remember WW-P's fallen friend. 

A ceremony will be held in Bachner's honor, beginning at 3:30 pm to be followed by the varsity game between the Knights and the Pirates. The game will be broadcast live on WHWH (1350 AM), beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The day will serve as a fundraiser for the David J. Bachner Memorial Fund. A new line of T-shirts and bracelets bearing Bachner's "Unhittable" tag and his No. 16 will be on sale with the proceeds going to the fund, which is planned to be used in part to help an up-and-coming Mercer County baseball prospect for college.

Interestingly enough, the WW-P South/WW-P North game is the only varsity contest in the entire Trentonian area on today's schedule, another fitting tribute.

That means plenty of other friends and fans of Bachner's from Mercer County and the surrounding area could be in attendance along with his immediate family, which includes older brother Rhett, and sister Kelly. Rhonda's sister Denise and her husband Mike. Rhonda's niece Keri and her husband Eric, and his extended family which includes head coach Bob Boyce and Bachner's Legion manager, Don Hutchinson, who just happens to be the Pirates' head coach.

Bachner's life-blood, his teammates, are sure to stop by, even if they spent the last year at college.

Those whom might not be able to be in attendance today can still contribute to the David J. Bachner Memorial fund by visiting the website:



The Blue Rose


Today the baseball players of

High School North & South are united

Together on this field to recognize our

Friend and teammate David Jordan Bachner.

To all of us David was a fierce competitor,

an awesome teammate and a loyal friend

who could always make us laugh.


Mr. & Mrs. Bachner, we give you

16 blue roses in celebration of David's life

and to show you everything he meant to us.

Like David, the blue rose is extremely rare.

The blue rose symbolizes a mystery.


We may never fully understand why

David is gone; we do know that his spirit lives

and breaths through us, today, on His field.


We are all here to celebrate David's accomplishments.

On this field, both teams will honor David's memory

and together we make a promise that a piece of

David will remain with us forever.


David Jordan Bachner will be forever a legend,

Forever a model for his community,

and forever Unhittable.





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