Oak Hill’s Tate signs baseball scholarship with EMCC

Oak Hill's Reiley Tate, a three-sport athlete for the Raiders, signs letter of intent to play baseball at EMCC.
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BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

Reiley Tate arrived at Oak Hill Academy from Aberdeen, Maryland in spring 2017.

As a junior, Tate joined the basketball team mid-season and also played baseball and football for the Raiders.

On Tuesday, Tate signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the East Mississippi Community College Lions.

“It’s pretty exciting. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I’m going and I’m just thankful for all the coaches who’ve helped me,” Tate said. “I also thank my parents, who have helped by paying for all the summer ball, school, and I thank them for helping me to get where I’m going.”

Oak Hill head coach Mitch Bohon said he was ecstatic to coach Tate when he arrived in West Point and came out for baseball last spring.

“I was really excited,” Bohon said. “Santa was good to me last Christmas.”

Tate plays middle infield and shortstop at Oak Hill and plans to play the same position at EMCC. While Tate didn’t elaborate on any other schools that recruited him, he said EMCC was a heavy favorite for him if he decided to go the junior college route.

“They said they are going to work me in at middle infield and then see where it goes from there,” Tate said. “I had some other offers, but I was pretty dead set on going to EMCC if I went JUCO.”

With baseball season starting next month, Tate said he was glad to be able to put the recruiting process behind him and focus on his senior season.

“It was a big relief off my shoulders to get this over with,” Tate said. “I think we have a pretty good team this year and have a chance of going pretty far. Hopefully we can go all the way and go out with a bang.”

In 2017, Tate batted .455 with three home runs, 15 doubles, three triples, and 25 RBIs. The senior also finished with 41 stolen bases last year.

“I’ve been around a lot of baseball and from a defensive standpoint in high school, he’s probably the most gifted I’ve ever seen,” Bohon said. “Defensively, he can do things that a lot of people can’t. He swings the ball well, too.”

Tate has also pitched for the Raiders, starting four games in 2017 with a record of 3-1 and a 1.80 ERA. He also finished the year with four saves in relief.

Bohon thinks from what he has seen in his one season coaching Tate, his skills will carry over to the next level just fine.

“I think he will go in and start from day one,” Bohon said. “He’s one of those where his best ball is ahead of him. He has been a three-sport athlete in high school, so when he gets down there and focuses just on baseball, I think something really special comes out of it.”

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