SULPHUR — Ever since she was little, Macenzie Ruth has always held herself to a high standard when it comes to athletics.
SULPHUR — Ever since she was little, Macenzie Ruth has always held herself to a high standard when it comes to athletics. When she moved to Sulphur in sixth grade, she was able to mesh with a group of like-minded athletes who not only shared her passion for greatness, but wanted to meet it with her. In the years since, Ruth has established herself as one of the premier athletes in Sulphur athletics with a resume to match. She’s been a state champion in track, as well as a state qualifier in fast and slow pitch softball. Now, Macenzie Ruth can add one more title to her stellar career: All-State award winner. Ruth will be one of three Sulphur Lady Bulldogs softball players who will be featured on the Middle West All-State team along with teammates Makella Mobly and Kady Lynch along with Sulphur head coach Heath Gilbert when the 2020 All-State games take place in June at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. “If there was anyone who made the most improvements on our team it was Macenzie Ruth,” Sulphur coach Heath Gilbert said. “She was in a tough spot because she had been an infielder her whole life and then we asked her to move to the outfield. I told her to just give it time because it would eventually pay off and she would get named All-State and get a scholarship to play college softball. Luckily both of those things panned out for her.” “As time went on, there weren’t many balls that got past her out in the outfield,” Gilbert added. “She loved throwing people out at the plate, and made some unbelievable catches for us. Her bat got better every year, and she even developed some power her last two years. I’m close with all three of my All-State girls, and it’s tough to see them graduate. But they have left behind a great legacy for the younger girls to look up to and succeed with. Makella, Kady and Macenzie are going to be great in college and do great things in life.” 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. “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. I’m so proud of Kady and Makella as well. We’ve all three worked so hard to earn All-State together and I’m so thankful we get to play one last game as teammates and have coach Gilbert by our side.” “Being here at Sulphur has been a blessing in so many ways,” Ruth added. “This is a great town with such a great tradition and support for all the athletes. I’m proud I’ve gotten to be a Sulphur Lady Bulldog and I’m going to miss this place very much.” Ruth will be applying her skills in college next fall as a member of the USAO Lady Drovers in Chickasha. 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.