Her presence in the middle of the lineup was a big reason for Westmoore’s success.
“You knew that you were going to get a runner on base pretty much no matter what,” Schwarz said. “If we can get any of the front three on, usually she would hit them in.
“It was a huge advantage having a big stick like that. It always is; you just want two or three of those in a row.”
Teams noticed her presence, as well, opting to essentially avoid pitching to her in the state tournament. She was intentionally walked multiple times in two games, a point of frustration for her.
But it was also helping her team, and that’s all that Lookout hoped to do.
“I want to hit the ball,” Lookout said. “I don’t want to be walked. It seemed like in state that’s all I did was walk. They didn’t give me a chance to hit, but it gave my team baserunners. If that’s what I can do, then that’s awesome.”