Scholar Spotlight: Mackenzie Martinelli
Sac High Senior Mackenzie Martinelli accepted a full-athletic scholarship to attend Oklahoma City University in the fall. The 5’ 10” softball standout is a 3-year varsity player with multi-purpose ability. Next year, Martinelli will step off the pitching mound and return to her normal shortstop position while playing for the OCU Stars.
Admitting that softball was not her first sport of choice, Martinelli got serious with the game at age 14, when she started playing travel ball with many of her Metro League counterparts. She credits her desire to get better to her teammates’ strong work ethic. “The softball girls I face and will continue to face work really hard. I am excited to see my growth while in college. The constant push from teammates is important, and I know it is going to be tough. I want to see how far I can go with softball and also see the kind of leader I will become.”
Martinelli transferred to Sac High after her freshman year and is candid about her decision to become a Dragon. “I came to Sac High because all I wanted was a fair shot.and given the opportunity to play the sport that I fell in love with.”
Martinelli had multiple softball offers but opted for the Oklahoma City University in the end. “I liked how OCU treated me. The program was inviting and catered to my success. Along with the softball hospitality, their business program is top-notch. I like numbers, so the decision was fairly easy.” Mackenzie plans on becoming a budget analyst and will pursue a degree in mathematics. She currently boasts a 3.0 grade point average.