Posted by James Johnson • April 11, 2013
It is one thing to get a team up and running into circles of success, but to keep it there is no accident either, according to former Fairport coach Dave Lanning.
Fairport’s baseball teams were there in Lanning’s 26 years as coach from 1971-96, winners of three Section V titles and 14 division crowns in the Monroe County league, the area’s most competitive.
“There was always a wealth of talent,” Lanning said. “We had a strong youth program, two freshmen teams filtering into a JV team.
“It wasn’t scattershot, we had a good idea. Part of it was continuity, the players knew what to expect. Our staff was the same guys, which was helpful. We had players willing to do the extra and we had good players, too.”
Lanning is one of seven of this year’s inductees into the Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, a class scheduled to be welcomed on Saturday, July 7 at Frontier Field, before that afternoon’s Rochester Red Wings game at 1:05 p.m.
Fairport won 467 games with Lanning, and became the first local high school team to take a strong interest in the Challenger World Series for mentally and physically-challenged children 6 to 18 years old.
This is the 26th year of Fairport baseball’s involvement, and another set of innings with Lanning as pitcher ahead. Penfield coach Rob Consaul, a former Fairport player, nominated Lanning for the Section V Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Not a day went by at practice or a game where a life lesson was being taught to our teams,” Consaul wrote.
“Whether it was honoring the holidays with respect, making sure we were doing well in school, being a good citizen, doing community service to help give back to our community and making sure we left high school with the work ethic to be successful in anything we chose to do.”