For Marianna High School softball stand-out Reagan Oliver, her dream of playing college softball is a reality, as the second baseman inked with Chipola last month. While she's excited about her future as a Lady Indian, she's trying to leave quite the legacy behind as a Lady Bulldog, and win her fourth straight district title.
"We have banners on our concession stand that have all our District Championships and we have three up there," she said. "My name's on there three times, so I'm trying to get that fourth before I get out of here. If we play defense and hit like we should, we should win the rest of our ball games."
After a slow start, the Lady Dawgs are now 7-10 on the year, and Reagan is a big part of that, boasting a .357 batting average with 9 RBI's and three doubles.
"She's learned to play the game the right way," said Head Coach, and step-dad Scott Wiggins. "She leads by example. She does the small things. She's not selfish at all. She plays the game the right way."
"I try and be a good role model, but I don't know," laughed Reagan. "I try not to be boastful about it. Just work hard at everything you do and hopefully I'll be a good role model and they'll follow after that."
Reagan's left her teammates a lot to strive for, as along with her accomplishments on the field, she sports a 4.2 GPA in the classroom.
"You're a student-athlete, not just an athlete," said Reagan. "So the student part comes first. I try to work as hard in the classroom as I do on the field."
"Grades are just as important as them playing on the field," said Coach Wiggins. "We stress grades just like we do anything else. We want them to be competitive in the classroom just like on the ball field."
Competitive enough to notch her fourth straight district title, and leave a mark on the Marianna program.
"That's a great legacy. I'm living the dream," said Reagan. "Especially now that I have a scholarship to go play and go to the next level and play for two more years. That's what I've dreamed of doing since I was little bitty playing t-ball."
Playing t-ball to playing for Chipola, and inking her name on another banner at Marianna, it sounds like a dream come true. Reagan was also a stand-out soccer player at Marianna the last two seasons, and thought about playing soccer at the next level, but chose to stick with her first love- softball.