Congratulations to Trent Mendenhall, Watkins Memorial 2022, for selecting Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH, to continue his academic pursuits and play college baseball! Wilmington is an NCAA Division III institution that competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). The Conference is comprised of 10 schools throughout Ohio. Wilmington's mascot is the Quaker Man and they are known as the 'Fightin' Quakers'.
Going to college and playing baseball at the next level is a big deal for anyone, and Post 11 is very happy for Trent and proud of his accomplishment. He has certainly worked hard and deserves it!
Trent played for Post 11 this summer and was an integral part of the 2022 squad that landed another District Title and 2nd place in the Ohio American Legion Baseball Tournament. The state tournament consists of the top 8 teams in the state and is packed with high-level competition. During the season he pitched in 12 games, 49 1/3 innings with 7 game starts; had a record of 3-1 with 3 complete games and 2 shut-outs; ERA of 3.12; and induced first batter faced-first batter out (FirstupFirstout) 60% of the time. That is a remarkable stat for winning and producing a low ERA! Bottom line, Trent is a passionate competitor. He always wanted and ball, was always ready for the call, and always looked to pitch against the best and toughest teams. More importantly, Trent was a great teammate. He celebrated his teammates' successes and was always supportive. Post 11 is honored that Trent chose to join our club. We have full confidence in him to continue his success at the next level.
Below is an interview with Trent on his decision to go to college and play baseball. It's a great read. You'll quickly see Trent's competitive spirit, importance of home, family and friends.
Here's a link to Willington College Baseball. Check it out: https://www.wilmingtonquakers.com/sports/bsb/index
Which college have you committed to? I committed to Wilmington college. I will be playing baseball and I came to that decision by visiting there and talking with the coaches.
Have you picked a major yet? If so, what is it and why did you choose it? My major is communication arts and I picked that because I always wanted to be a sports broadcaster as a child.
How does it feel to know that you’ll be going to college and why? It feels good to know I am going to college but also nerve wracking because I will be away from home.
What is your favorite thing about the college you chose and why? I like the atmosphere of the college and all of the people I’ve met seem very nice.
What do you know about your new coach? And, how will you go about getting to know him and his staff and what they expect of a new team member? I know that he coached at Dayton for around 20 years and has put people in professional baseball. So, I am very excited to get to know him and his staff.
What do think will be the most challenging about college baseball? I think the competition every year will be the most challenging but also will be very fun.
How did it feel facing your final year of school ball? I was excited because I felt like my team could make a run at something in the state tournament.
Did you approach to your final year of school ball and summer ball differently knowing that you were committed college baseball player? I kept everything the same once I was committed and still worked just as hard at getting better.
What advice would you give other Post 11 players going through the recruiting process and considering a college baseball career? Just get your name out there, email coaches go to camps, do what you can to prove yourself to those coaches.
What do you think will be the first thing you do when you get to campus? The first thing I am going to do on campus is try the food and get to know people.
Prediction – how many all-nighters do you think you’ll pull in your freshman year in college? I think I will pull of 3 all-nighters in my freshman year of college.