MIKE HENKE

Baseball - 2000

Mike Henke played four years of varsity baseball for Corning East and was named to the All-STC team following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. With a fastball clocked in the high-80s and lo w-90s, Mike won 24 games for the Trojans during his career which places him second on the all-time list at East. According to his C-PP Hall of Fame coach Bill Thomas, Mike was Bill's first 'franchise' player during his coaching career and the big right hander always got the tough starts. Between his junior and senior seasons, Mike became the first player at Corning East to play in the Empire State Games. In 1991, Mike led the Trojans into the New York State Championship game when he shutout a highly ranked Warwick High School team with 13 strikeouts while only giving up three hits. Mike was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds after his high school career was over but he choose to accept a baseball scholarship to Division I Virginia Commonwealth. During his early college days, Mike was selected to play in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League. Unfortunately, Mike's college baseball career was cut short before he had a chance to get it started with an arm injury. Mike currently lives in Qinton, Virginia.