Anadarko’s Ruth Powell - Athlete Spotlight Presented By Bank of Commerce
Anadarko junior Ruth Powell has been playing softball for seven years. “The best part of playing a high school sport is being able to grow with a team, and to gain that experience,” she said. “The bond I have with my teammates is unbreakable. Being an athlete gives you many strengths you will need throughout life. It has taught me to push myself beyond my limits to become stronger. To not give up even when the odds are against me.”
In addition to sports, another contributor to Powell’s hard-working attitude is her father, who she sees as a role model. “I look up to my father because he hasn’t ever had an easy life. But that didn’t stop him from pushing himself,” she said. “That never stopped him from starting a family and having a great job. He got up in the darkest moments and he pushed through and persevered. Also my good friend Hailey. That girl and I work like nobody’s business and she pushed me though the times I wanted to take a break and rest.”
One of Powell’s favorite memories in her sport comes from a game against Hinton. “It was a tough game,” she said. “It took me many years to finally at least be able to make contact off of a faster girl but she was somewhat slow and I had my first fence hit in fastpitch – left center and it was amazing. Also my first homer, right between the flagpole and scoreboard.”
Powell’s favorite part of softball is playing away games, and winning them of course. “Nothing better than to show up to someone else’s place and show ‘em who’s been working,” she said.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, she won’t get that chance this season. She will also miss just being with her teammates and the competition itself. “The hardest part about having a season cancelled is not being able to play and have practice with my girls. My teammates are some of my closest friends,” she said. “For me, being out there my mind was in its own special zone. In a game I was only thinking about that yellow ball, where it’s going, where the runner is, etc.” Next season, her senior year, she will be sure to make up for the loss. “I’m gonna show out and play hard for this team because there are five seniors on the field,” she said. “We are all gonna play our hearts out this next upcoming season.”
After high school, Powell would like to continue her softball career on a collegiate level and is currently looking at schools that have ROTC. After college, she plans to transfer into the Air Force to serve her country.