Tulsa Memorial’s Ana Jimenez – Softball Spotlight Presented by Barracuda Staffing

By Derrick Smith

Ana Jimenez is a senior at Memorial, where she is a multisport athlete. Along with softball, she is also part of the basketball and swimming teams.  On the softball diamond, Ana is a utility player, but her favorite places to play are third base, second base, and outfield. 

While she loves playing softball, Ana actually started playing baseball when she was young.

“My first two years, I played baseball. Then I was able to move over to softball and have been playing it for nine years.”

There have been many people that have influenced Ana’s life, each of them in their own way.

“My biggest role model is my dad, Pedro Jimenez,” she stated. “Also, I have looked up to coach Steve from Mojo, coach Kevin from the Lady Hawks, and coaches Draper and Garrett from Memorial.”

Softball has given Ana the opportunity to become a better athlete, as well as build relationships she might not have been able to build.

“I love the challenge of playing and trying to get better,” she said. “The bond and friendships I have made with my teammates are great. I love being able to travel and play in different cities and states.”

The highlight of Jimenez’s career is when she hit her first homerun of her career.

“It came during my freshman year,” she stated. “I was on Gold Rush and it was against Believe. It felt great.”

She would not be able to get where she is today without putting in the time and effort.

“In order to be successful, it takes dedication and hard work.”

Jimenez also serves on Leadership and is a baseball manager. After school, she works at Cane’s Chicken, where she has been employed for two years.