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Destinie Lookout’s ‘fierce bat’ will be hitting for the OU Sooners this fall

Destinie Lookout has been playing softball since the age of 3. At an age when most children are learning how to run, Lookout was hitting softballs out of the front yard.

Fourteen years later, Lookout’s family watched as she signed a letter of intent with the University of Oklahoma to play softball with the Sooners beginning in the fall of 2014.

"Destinie Lookout is a local product who will bring a lot of power,” said Oklahoma softball head coach Patty Gasso. “She has a very intimidating swing and never gets cheated at the plate. What I like about her in high school is that she plays third and she can pitch, so she's athletic enough to do what she needs to do to help her team win. But what she's going to be known for is an absolutely fierce bat."

The OU Sooners Softball won the National Championship this year, something that Lookout hopes to see her new team do again with her help.

“I don’t like to consider myself as one of the best, I like to say that I’m one of the ones that made the most of my opportunities and abilities, and my hard work and determination has paid off,” she said. “I mean, I’m about to join a team that just one a national championship. I’m also excited to see what is in store for me in these next four years.”

Lookout, 17, is a senior at Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City. The daughter of Steven (Osage) and Chrissie Lookout, both collegiate level basketball players, she grew up playing soccer, basketball and golf. But once it came time to decide what she was going to play at the collegiate level, she chose softball without hesitation.

“I have a passion for the game and everything about it,” Lookout said. “I have an athletic family, so while getting raised I played multiple sports, but softball was the one that I loved the most.”

Lookout was named District 4 Player of the Year and was an All-State Large West honoree. In her senior season Lookout hit .489 with nine home runs, 44 RBI, 45 runs scored and 31 walks, of which 25 were intentional. She plays third base, first base and pitcher.

“We are very excited for her to be able to attend the University of Oklahoma and play softball for one of the best programs in the nation,” said her father Steven, who played basketball for Hominy High School and later at Oklahoma Baptist University. “We feel she will be in good hands; the coaching staff at OU is phenomenal. She is our baby girl so for her to choose a school that is 20 minutes away from home is awesome.”

The Lookouts recognized Destinie’s talent from an early age.

“We always believed this day would come,” her father said. “We recognized her talent early. She has always been very strong and had great hand-eye coordination. Destinie has always been very gifted, it all started as a small child.”

The Lookouts plan to attend every home game and any away games close to home.  

As for Destinie, she is always training.

“I play third and first, so I work a lot on glove drills, bunt situations, one hoppers, and lots of ground balls,” she said. “Every day I try to work on something, even if I’m not on a softball field, I try to have someone throw one hoppers to me in the living room, or work on my swing and try to feel my mistakes. During season with my competitive team (Oklahoma Exclusive Gold) if we aren’t playing in a game, we are scrimmaging or practicing.”

Destinie is Eagle Clan from the Pawhuska District. She is the daughter of Steven and Chrissie Lookout. Paternal grandparents are John Paul and Yvonne Wilson from Hominy and Randall Irvin from Pawhuska. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Henry and Dora Lookout and great-great-granddaughter of Chief Fred and Julia Lookout, all of Pawhuska. Maternal grandparents are Joan Irvin and the late James Irvin of Pawhuska and Kevin and Patty DeLong of Hominy. Great-grandparents Bill and Betty Buxton and the late Ralph and Mary Lucille DeLong, all of Sapulpa.