McKenzie Kelehear wore a pristine, white, spotless baseball uniform in a pre-season photo taken back in early February.

It was the only time all season when his uniform could be considered clean.

However, his dirt-smudged and grass-stained uniform was not a result of simply forgetting to wash it. Instead, it was a fitting testament to how Kelehear plays the game - with all out hustle and fearlessness.

Those two attributes, along with plenty of talent and ability, will be on display at Gordon College in Barnsville for the next few years as the LaFayette High graduate recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Highlanders, who compete in Region XVII of the NJCAA.

"This day means a lot," said Kelehear after celebrating the signing with family and friends. "I've worked hard all my life to get to this place, and I'm going to keep doing what I do, which is working hard and staying at it."

A two-year starting quarterback for the Ramblers and a three-year player in basketball, Kelehear was a four-year starter at LaFayette in baseball, the sport he fell in love with at age four.

He batted .310 as a senior with four doubles, one triple, 14 RBIs, and eight stolen bases, while scoring 20 runs for the Orange-and-Black.

"(Baseball) is the one sport I never gave up," he said. "It's my favorite by far."

Kelehear said he was first introduced to Gordon College after attending a tryout at the urging of LaFayette head coach Mike Shank.

"I really had never heard of (Gordon College) before, but I went down for the tryout and toured the campus," he recalled. "I really like the location and I like the coaches down there. They were the first school that showed an interest in me so I jumped at the offer."

After starting his senior season at catcher, Kelehear moved to the outfield, but he will move back to his natural position of second base in college, and Shank said Kelehear's versatility would be a benefit at the next level.

"Second base is probably his best position, but he never played it this year because we needed him in other places," he added. "But once he gets to Gordon, the coaches will like his versatility and the fact that he's a left-handed batter."

Kelehear said getting back into the swing of playing second base would be something he planned to work on.

"It's definitely going to be a transition, getting used to playing on the infield again," he said. "That's where I mostly played as a kid and in middle school."

Although he got to coach him for just one season, Shank said Kelehear made a huge impression on him.

"He's an outstanding young man who came to every practice and every game ready to work," Shank said. "I would have loved to have coached him for all four years. He really exemplifies what a Rambler athlete is. He took a lot of pride in what he did and he worked hard.

"He's a great kid and he was a great player for us. He's going to do a lot of great things at the next level because of his high character. He'll really be missed."