While hundreds of individuals experience what it’s like to be a student athlete at Truman State every year, not so many get the chance to be an all-time record holder. Senior outfielder Paul Trenhaile, a native of Hannibal, Missouri, is one of those athletes.
This season, Trenhaile became the all-time leader in Truman baseball history for hits, with 192 hits and counting. He also grabbed the career RBI with 128 during the April 12 road game against Drury University, passing alumnus Aaron Royster’s previous record of 122.
Trenhaile says his success comes from more than himself. He says while he leads his teammates by example, his teammates also push him to perform to the best of his abilities every day.
“I know that collectively, we have team goals,” Trenhaile says. “Together, we have worked so hard — I want to help us reach those goals.”
Although Trenhaile brings power to the batting lineup for the Bulldogs, he brings more to the table than just his skills at the plate. Larkin says Trenhaile’s work ethic is one of his most important contributions to the team. Larkin says Trenhaile consistently gets in extra reps fielding and batting before or after practice.
For Trenhaile, the extra work is not finished when baseball season ends. Trenhaile says some of his best progress was made during the offseason. He says hard work in the weight room has played a big role in his success at the plate.
Trenhaile has shown progress every season, with his batting average increasing each year that he has played for Truman. As a freshman, his batting average was .261, and this season his average is .437.
Alex Hoffman characterized Trenhaile as selfless and humble, saying from the moment Trenhaile steps on the diamond, he has a positive impact on his teammates. Hoffmann says Trenhaile’s calm demeanor and optimism provide a source of motivation for those around him.
“When [Trenhaile] hits, everyone else hits,” Hoffmann says. “He is always a leader for us.”
Hoffmann says Trenhaile’s hardworking attitude has influenced the rest of the Bulldog baseball players. He says when he and his teammates see Trenhaile doing extra work, it inspires them to do more as well.
Some Truman baseball players say they think Trenhaile does more than motivate his teammates on the field, serving as a role model, mentor and friend off the field.
Senior second baseman Zak Larkin says he has been teammates with Trenhaile since they reported to Kirksville during 2011. He says as a freshman, Trenhaile completely bought into the program’s philosophy. Larkin says he thinks Trenhaile has continued to represent Truman baseball the right way which has contributed to his success while at bat.
“Although Trenhaile brings power to the batting lineup for the Bulldogs, he brings more to the table than just his skills at the plate. Larkin says Trenhaile’s work ethic is one of his most important contributions to the team. Larkin says Trenhaile consistently gets in extra reps fielding and batting before or after practice”
-Senior second baseman Zak Larkin
Larkin says Trenhaile is very supportive of his teammates. He says Trenhaile always is there for him and he considers Trenhaile a role model.
“I look up to him a lot,” Larkin says. “If he needs it, I take care of him and I know he would do the same for me.”
Out of all the positive things Trenhaile’s teammates say about him, the characteristic stressed the most was his humility. Hoffmann and Larkin agreed his selflessness for the betterment of the team has set him apart and helped him become the all-time leader in base hits at Truman. Larkin says even with the success Trenhaile has achieved, he has remained extremely humble. Larkin says when Trenhaile struggles or has an off game, he still looks toward the next opportunity to improve — not for himself — but for his teammates.
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