McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


September 26, 2013

Ariana Garner tightly bound to Lady Buffs



Ariana said she’s always played third base, this year serving as backup third baseman to Calistro. Ariana’s played in nine games this fall, her best being a Sept. 7 game at Tulsa Memorial in which she went 1-for-2, driving in a run and scoring two more.

“I like being able to see the ball and getting to be involved a lot in the plays,” Ariana said of third base. She called Calistro “one of my best friends,” but also described softball and basketball teammate Washington the same way.

“If she sees me down, she’s really good at picking me back up if I make a mistake, and I feel like I’m the same way with her,” Ariana said of Calistro.

As a basketball player, Ariana plays guard. She said her softball and basketball positions compliment each other because both positions demand good footwork.

Now a senior, Ariana finds herself in the same role she looked up to as a sophomore. Those seniors made her transition to the varsity easier, she said, and now she’s the one trying to make it easier.

“That’s kind of our responsibility now,” Ariana said. “The freshmen depend on us.”

Though Ariana still has the winter to look forward to, her final softball season is quickly drawing to a close. After graduating, she said she plans to go to college, possibly at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and then become an X-ray technician.

“I want to attend UCO because it’s still a small school and the classes aren’t too big,” Ariana said. “I want to become an X-ray tech because they make really good money.”

Ariana said she might have transfer from UCO to a school like the University of Oklahoma to finish her studies. That wouldn’t be so bad, as she said her favorite softball team is OU, her favorite player former OU pitching stud Keilani Ricketts.

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