McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 20, 2013

Jonathan Barickman at home in McAlester

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — As a leadoff-hitter, McAlester senior Jonathan Barickman knows he has to get on base. Get a hit, draw a walk, get beaned, do whatever it takes, but get on base.

Considering how tight this Buffs baseball team is, Barickman has no problem giving it his all.

“We all like each other,” Barickman said on Friday. “My closest friends are in baseball. I’ve known some of these guys since I moved here.”

McAlester has been the third stop in Barickman’s young life, a by-product of growing up with a father in the military. Barickman was born in Woodbridge, Va., moved to Romeo, Mich. after a year, then came to McAlester for preschool.

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