MOORE — Destinie Lookout likes a challenge, but she also wants to have some fun.
That’s what slowpitch softball was to the Westmoore pitcher the past three years, while also turning into a display of her power at the plate.
“I didn’t want to look at it as a challenge,” Lookout said. “If I did bad, it was OK. If I did good, great. Slowpitch was fun for me, and that’s what I wanted it to be.”
This season, she took her game to a whole new level with a batting average mostly seen in video games at .732, while hitting 31 home runs and driving in 86 to earn The Oklahoman’s All-City Player of the Year honors.
“She improved every year,” Westmoore coach Steve Schwarz said. “She went from being a shy kid to really becoming more dedicated and more hardworking. You can really tell the last year or two she really kicked it in gear.”
Lookout, who has signed to play fastpitch at Oklahoma as a corner infielder, said she increased her focus this season while guiding the Jaguars to the Class 6A semifinals.
Her numbers increased as a result.
The 86 RBIs are 26 more than last season when she was named to the All-City first team. She also scored 22 more runs this season, crossing the plate 70 times.
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.”