White House Heritage senior Trenton Gheen is heading east to continue his baseball career.
The catcher inked his letter-of-intent with Roane State at a ceremony held Thursday, May 23. Gheen was a standout for the Patriots, earning District 9-AA First Team and Gold Glove honors this season.
“They are getting a bargain,” White House Heritage coach Chris Logsdon said. “He can play, and he can play right away.”
He finished the year with a .396 average, three home runs, 26 RBI, 11 doubles and five triples. That was a steady improvement from 2018, when Gheen hit .316 and had 15 RBI and one home run as a junior.
“He’s always had a little power,” Logsdon said. “We talked to him at the end of last year and said, ‘Look, if you want to play at the next level, you have to hit for average.’ It’s one thing to have power, but you have to hit for average, too. And he did that this year.”
Gheen worked closely with Heritage assistant Rich Lopez to improve his hitting. But Logsdon said Gheen’s biggest impact came serving by as team’s primary captain.
“When we had exit interviews at the end of the year, we asked each player who they thought was the leader, and without a doubt, every one of them said Trent,” Logsdon said.
Roane State is a two-year school located in Harriman, Tennessee. The Raiders compete in the Eastern Division of the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association and have sent 39 players to four-year schools in the last five years.