Circleville senior Tate DeBord recently signed to play baseball at Ohio Christian University, an NAIA institution. DeBord was a second-team Mid-State League Buckeye Division honoree last season, batting .379 with a home run and 11 RBI.
Question: Talk to us about the recruiting process that you went through, how many schools that you looked at and what made Ohio Christian the right fit for you?
Answer: I looked at about three-to-four different schools. A good faith-based college was the biggest thing for me and also, I want to help send the program to the next level. I worked out with OCU a few weeks ago and I loved it, I think that’s when I knew for sure that I wanted to go there.
Question: What would you like to major in at OCU?
Answer: Business and accounting. My uncle is the CFO of a company in California and he has really inspired me.
Question: What are your strengths as a baseball player?
Answer: Number 1 has to be hitting a baseball. I work every day on my hitting ability. And number 2 is being a team player. I will do whatever I have to do to win and fill any role I am asked to fill with the best of my ability.
Question: What are your team and personal goals for this season?
Answer: Team goal is to win a Mid-State League Buckeye Division title and then go as far as we can in the tournament. Personal goal is to beat the home run record and also beat the double record. Another personal goal is All-Ohio.
Question: What is your favorite bat to use at the plate?
Answer: Demarini The Goods 2 piece.
Question: Is there a pro baseball player you look up to and try to emulate?
Answer: Bryce Harper. He has been my favorite player for a very long time, and I love watching him hit.
Question: Favorite meal?
Answer: Homemade Cajun Pasta.
Question: Favorite place to eat out at?
Answer: Texas Roadhouse and Roosters.
Question: Favorite musical group or genre?
Answer: Luke Combs
Question: Favorite movie?
Answer: Step Brothers
Question: What is something that few people know about you?
Answer: I enjoy reading.
Answer: Hunting, Fishing, and golf.
Question: Favorite holiday?
Answer: Thanksgiving, love getting to spend time with family.
Question: What is your most valuable possession?
Answer: My baseball bats.
Question: What is the best gift that you’ve given someone?
Answer: I recently gifted my best friend a full set of golf clubs.
Question: What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on in your life?
Answer: Staying in a houseboat on Lake Cumberland.
Question: Favorite memory from the Circleville Pumpkin Show?
Answer: Last year when Chandler Hayes won the Queen’s contest. It was just a super cool environment, and everyone was super happy.
Question: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now and living if life goes as you intend?
Answer: Married with at least 1 kid. Stable job that I enjoy working everyday. Nice cozy house.