Jacob Guthrie played football and baseball while attending Trenton High School.
As an 8th-grader he was a part of the Tigers’ Class 1A state baseball title in 2017. Trenton finished 27-1 and defeated Madison County, 3-2, to win its second state championship in five years.
Guthrie said that winning state as an 8th-grader was the “greatest thing ever” and one of the highlights of his career with the Tigers.
This past year on the gridiron, Guthrie, who had to battle a shoulder injury, carried the ball 43 times for 221 yards for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. He also had six catches for 134 yards, and he finished with 31 tackles on defense.
“He is a kid who has passion for family, a zest for life, and a love for sports,” said Trenton football coach Bill Wiles. “Toughness, the mind set to persevere and high character, yet humble young man. I was blessed to be able to have a kid on my team with all of those great attributes.”
However, it was the sport of baseball that will give Guthrie the opportunity to play at the next level.
Guthrie signed to play baseball for Santa Fe College.
“It means a lot to be able to sign with Santa Fe and stay close to home,” Guthrie said on January 21 after signing to play with the Saints. “Santa Fe has a great program. They have a history of producing good players to go on and play Division-I and professional, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Guthrie was recently named first team All Area after a standout season in which he batted .333 with 25 runs, 22 hits and 15 RBI, along with five triples and three home runs. He also finished second on the team in stolen bases with 14 in 16 attempts.
“He’s got all the tools to play,” said Trenton baseball coach Scott Hall. “He can throw, run, hit and field. And he has the mentality. He knows the game.”
Guthrie’s junior season was cut short at Trenton last spring due to COVID-19, but he was batting .417 through eight games and he was tied for first in several offensive categories.
As a sophomore, he batted .348 with three doubles, one triple, one home run, 22 RBIs, walked 14 times, and stole 12 bases. He was also 3-0 as a pitcher with 24 strikeouts in 18 innings and a 2.38 ERA.
Hall said it’s the intangibles that sets Guthrie apart, which gives him the opportunity to play at the next level.
“He’s a hard-working kid,” Hall said. “He plays as hard as he can and will give you all he’s got. He’s got a great attitude.”
This is the latest in our summer “Senior Spotlight” series recognizing some of the top area student athletes from the Class of 2021.