SULPHUR — If there is only family around Sulphur who is synonymous with success and tradition in the Lady Bulldogs athletic programs, it’s the Ruth family.
SULPHUR — If there is only family around Sulphur who is synonymous with success and tradition in the Lady Bulldogs athletic programs, it’s the Ruth family. On Friday morning, Macenzie Ruth was able to officially carve her name into a special place of her own. With teammates, family, friends and coaches watching at the new Sulphur Fieldhouse, Ruth officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Lady Drovers in Chickasha. While her decision to go play for USAO had been known for quite some time, that didn’t make the moment any less special for the Lady Bulldogs standout. “This just feels awesome right now,” Ruth said. “I’ve worked my entire life for this moment, and I’m very excited for the next chapter. The coaches at USAO are awesome and the atmosphere really made me feel like I was at home. Their winning tradition definitely played a part for me as well because I hate to lose, and they work very hard for everything they have.” “When I moved here in sixth grade, I expected we could do something big as a program,” Ruth said. “We’ve been able to transform Sulphur softball into one of the best programs in the state of Oklahoma. Getting to share this moment with Abby (Beck), Makella (Mobly), Kady (Lynch), and Korie (Allensworth) just made it all the more special for me today.” This season Ruth finished with a .505 average at the plate with a .522 on base percentage. She totaled two home runs with 55 hits and 39 RBIs with 39 runs scored and a .937 fielding percentage. For her career she finished with a .474 average at the plate, a .509 on base percentage, and four home runs to go with 219 hits and 109 RBI’s and 157 runs scored. She was also named as a member of the Middle West All-State team, and a selection on the Lake Country Conference All-Conference team. During her sophomore and junior seasons she was also named as a member of the All-Ardmoreite softball team. But Ruth’s successes don’t just stop at the softball field, she is also a multi-time state track qualifier and medalist, along with being the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles event, an honor her mother also won when she competed. Ruth will be joining a Lady Drovers program which won the national championship in 2018, and finished the season 59-4 last year, which included opening the season with 52 consecutive victories. Macenzie said she plans on studying Sports Medicine while attending college.