If you are, in fact, only as good as your last game, then South River baseball coach Ken Dunn is in great shape.
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Dunn announced earlier this season that, after 35 years coaching, this would be his last at South River -- and his team responded.
The No. 2 Seahawks (20-5) won the tough Class 4A East region -- beating No. 4 North County, 5-2, in the regional championship game -- and then gave up three total hits in two state playoff games to win the school's first state title in baseball.
“I am very fortunate,” Dunn said. “I have a very supportive family, school and community, and that has allowed me to coach and not worry about everything else.”
Dunn is a motivator, but he also likes to maintain a fun atmosphere for his team.
If they were down, South River's players said, he would pick them up with a quip or saying, including one of his favorites: “The road to success is always under construction.”
“These kids [on the team] were special,” Dunn said. “I had talked about retiring about two years ago, but I saw something in this group. I thought they were capable of winning a state championship -- and they did.”