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Softball Welcomes Six on Signing Day
November 13, 2013
 
  Class of 2014 Softball Signings


Kelsey Arnold  
Kelsey Arnold
5’2 | Utility
Tulsa, Okla.
Holland Hall High School

High School
Has earned three letters under head coach Dave Bach … ranked No. 83 on the Top 100 Players in the 2014 Class by StudentSports.com … three-time All-North Zone and all-conference honoree in her junior season, named Holland Hall Most Valuable Player after hitting .813 with 30 runs scored, 26 hits, 19 RBI, 33 stolen bases and two home runs … team captured conference championship as a sophomore … as a freshman, named Holland Hall Newcomer of the Year and Holland Hall Offensive Player of the Year … also earned four letters in volleyball, and three in both basketball and track … selected to Headmasters Honor Roll as a junior

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 Has spent the past year playing for the Wichita Mustangs under head coach Mark Griggs … in the Summer of 2013, hit .383 with 32 runs scored, 46 hits, 23 RBI, four home runs and 26 stolen bases

Personal
Full name is Kelsey LeeAnn Arnold … daughter of Darin and Tracy Arnold … has one brother, Darin Jr. … father, Darin, played football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M … mother, Tracy, competed in track and field at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M … chose OU over Oklahoma State and Tulsa

Why Oklahoma?

“I chose the University of Oklahoma because it has always been a dream of mine. What I look forward to accomplishing at the University of Oklahoma is majoring in the medical field and winning another national championship. God has blessed me with an amazing opportunity and I am hoping to do the best with it.”


Hatfield  
Macey Hatfield
5’7 | Utility
Maysville, Okla.
Lindsay High School
Seminole State College

High School
Earned four letters in softball … named the Sooner Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and was chosen for the Sooner Conference All-Star Team … selected as Lindsay’s Female Athlete of the Year as a senior … co-captain as a senior … spent her first two years at Maysville High School before finishing her career at Lindsay High School … also earned four letters in basketball, where she was a two-time all-conference player, and two in track and field

Travel Ball

Played four years for the Oklahoma Force Gold 95 under Jeff Sanders … team was the USSSA 18U state champions … in the summer of 2013, played in 29 games and hit .419 with 15 runs scored, 26 hits, 12 RBI, two home runs and three stolen bases

Personal

Full name is Macey Kay Hatfield … daughter for Todd and Pam Hatfield … has one brother, Mitchell

Why Oklahoma?

“I was born and raised in Oklahoma. It never was an option to go out of state. I love Oklahoma. I am looking to accomplish getting a degree from a great school and be able to have a stable and bright future.”

Lookout  
Destinie Lookout
5’10 | Infielder
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Westmoore High School

High School
Has earned four letters under head coach Jenny Rollins … as a senior, named Native American Athlete of the Month by Vype Magazine, District 4’s District Player of the Year and all-state large west … in senior season, hit .489 with nine home runs, 44 runs batted in, 45 runs scored and 31 walks, 25 of which were intentional … in the circle, went 3-2 with a 2.50 earned run average and 11 strikeouts in 36.1 innings of work… placed on all-district and all-city teams as a junior, and was named a Moore Norman Technology Center Athlete of the Week … named all-district as a sophomore … earned all-district honorable mention honors as a freshman … also earned one letter in golf and track

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Has played the last three years with Oklahoma Exclusive Gold out of Midwest City, Okla., under head coach Donnie Hughes

Personal
Full name is Destinie Paige Lookout … daughter of Steven and Chrissie Lookout … has one brother, DeShawn … uncle, Darrell Irvin, lettered in football at Oklahoma from 1978-79 … uncle, Tim Lookout, played football at Haskell University … father, Steven, played basketball at Oklahoma Baptist … chose OU over Oklahoma Baptist and Minnesota

Why Oklahoma?

“The campus felt very welcoming and homely. Oklahoma has a great softball program. I look forward to representing the University of Oklahoma and to help bring them another national championship home. Most of all I look forward to earning a degree.”


Parker  
Paige Parker
5’11 | Pitcher
Independence, Mo.
Truman High School

High School
Earned four letters under head coach Amy Temples … 2010-11 and 2012-13 Gatorade Missouri High School Player of the Year … ranked No. 36 on the Top 100 Players in the 2014 Class by StudentSports.com … four-time first-team all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state honoree … team won state championship as a junior and was runner-up as a freshman … team also was a three-time sectional champion, as well as four-time district champion and conference champion … in senior season, boasted a 0.25 ERA with a 23-2 record and 342 strikeouts in 166.0 innings pitched … also hit .600 with 13 runs scored, 33 RBI and nine home runs … as a junior, recognized as first-team all-area and All-Area Player of the Year by Independence Examiner and named the Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year … in sophomore season, Independence Examiner named her first-team all-area and Kansas City Star selected her as first-team all-metro … as a freshman, chosen first-team all-area and all-area Co-Player of the Year by the Independence ExaminerKansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year … two-time academic letterwinner … member of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society … two-time academic all-state

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Has spent the past seven seasons playing for Originals Gold from Kansas City, Mo., under head coach Chad Bernholtz … in summer of 2013, struck out 315 batters in 155.0 innings with a 0.68 ERA, while hitting .350 at the plate with 12 runs scored and 25 RBI … team finished ninth at both the 14U ASA/USA Nationals and 16U ASA/USA Nationals

Personal

Full name is Paige Nicole Parker … daughter of Kim and Terry Parker … has one sister, Samantha … chose OU over Kansas, Missouri and UCLA

Why Oklahoma?

“I chose Oklahoma because it feels like home to me. The atmosphere that Coach Gasso, Coach Lombardi and Coach MacKay have created is one that I feel comfortable in, yet I know that I will be pushed to accomplish great things. While at Oklahoma, I know I will receive a great education while trying to accomplish goals that I have set for the future. I am proud to call myself a Sooner.”


Nicole Pendley  
Nicole Pendley
5’5 | Outfield
Rio Rancho, N.M.
Rio Rancho High School

High School

Earned five letters under head coach Paul Kohman … named first-team all-state, all-district and all-metro while setting the school’s single-season home run record (19) … as a junior, hit .600 with 43 runs scored, 37 RBI, 19 home runs and 42 stolen bases … team was the Class 5A, District 1 runner-up … also earned two letters in track and field, where she won the state championship in javelin in 2013

Travel Ball

Has spent the past five seasons playing for the New Mexico Sundancers of Rio Rancho, N.M., under head coach Paul Kohman … team competed at the PGF National Championships from 2011-13 … in the Summer of 2013, hit .385 with 31 runs scored, 21 RBI, eight home runs and 13 stolen bases

Personal

Daughter of Jerry and Jeri Pendley … has one brother, Matthew, and one sister, Shelby … sister, Shelby, will be a junior on the Oklahoma softball team in 2014 … uncle, Ben, played baseball at New Mexico State

Why Oklahoma?

“I chose Oklahoma to simply compete at something I love doing, at the highest level. Along the journey I plan to excel in a career that interests me, improve my softball skills, learn life lessons, make lifetime memories, create a family bond with my teammates, but most of all win a national championship. The excitement I have to be a part of team like Oklahoma is unreal and I will work hard to leave a name for myself in the program. Lastly I have been given the opportunity that most siblings are not blessed with, and that is to play on the same college team as my sister. This is a once in a life time experience that I will make the best of.”


Wodach  
Lea Wodach
5’7 | Catcher
Coto de Caza, Calif.
Tesoro High School

High School
Has earned three letters under head coach Donn Munsell … ranked No. 88 on the Top 100 Players in the 2014 Class by StudentSports.com … as a junior, was named third-team All-Orange County and second-team All-South Coast League after hitting .416 with  13 runs scored, two stolen bases and team-bests in hits (32), RBI (25) and home runs (4) … all-state nominee from Calhisports.com … won the Tesoro High School Coaches Award … in her freshman season, tabbed second-team All-South Coast League and a Top 15 Freshman selection by OCVarsity.com as her team won the South Coast League Championship … twice named a Player to Watch by the Orange County Register … also earned three letters in basketball, including being named conference MVP as a junior when she averaged a double-double and set school records for 3-pointers in a game, and points and rebounds in a season … also a two-time team MVP … three-time Tesoro High School Scholar Athlete … named to Capistrano Unified School District – Superintendents Honor Roll every semester … won the Tesoro High School Torch of Excellence in four subjects as a junior

Travel Ball

Will play for Corona Angels under Marty Tyson as a senior … spent the previous five seasons played with the California Cruisers of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., under Phil Harman and Jim Wodach … team captured second place at the 18U ASA Champions Cup … in the Summer of 2013 hit .345 with 12 runs scored, 29 hits, 12 RBI, and seven home runs … 16U California Cruisers finished fifth at the 2012 PGF Nationals and 17th at the 2011 ASA Nationals

Personal

Full name is Lea Katherine Wodach … daughter of Jim and Adele Wodach … chose OU over Stanford, Cal, San Diego State and San Diego

Why Oklahoma?

“I headed to Oklahoma after visiting several other schools and had no idea what to expect. Little did I know that after I left, I would feel like that was my “home” and I immediately knew that that is where I belonged. There is such a strong sense of unity and chemistry among the coaches and players and I was eager to be a part of it. I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to play with such an incredible amount of talent and to be coached by several great coaches. I would love to continue the winning tradition that the team has built. And of course, there wouldn’t be anything more miraculous than winning a national title.”

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma softball head coach Patty Gasso has announced the addition of six student-athletes on Wednesday's National Signing Day.

"I would call this class, as a whole, very athletic,” Gasso said. “That's something, as a coach, that I've been looking for over the last five or six years, just bringing in athletic student-athletes who are versatile and strong not just with the bat, but also with their arms, and who run well. Everybody in this group can do that."

Macey Hatfield (Maysville, Okla.) will begin play with the Sooners in the spring of 2014, while Kelsey Arnold (Tulsa, Okla.), Destinie Lookout (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Paige Parker (Independence, Mo.,) Nicole Pendley (Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Lea Wodach (Coto de Caza, Calif.) will join the squad in the fall of 2014.

"We’ve got a nice mix of athletes from different parts of the country and the fact that they’re committing to the University of Oklahoma is a testament to this program and its winning tradition,” Gasso said. “I feel like I've got a very elite class of recruits coming in that will help us work toward winning another national championship."

A pitcher, Parker has one year remaining at Truman High School in Independence, Mo. Parker has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including being named the 2010-11 and 2012-13 Gatorade Missouri High School Player of the Year. She has been a four-time first-team all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state honoree. Her Truman team won the state championship last year and was runner-up her freshman campaign.

“Paige Parker is bringing the lefty back into the program,” Gasso said. “I think she’ll make an immediate impact as a freshman on the mound. She has such a high ceiling and I’m really excited about her future here. She is a hard-throwing lefty who can move it well, change speeds and can be a difference maker at the plate. She will remind fans of another lefty All-American we’re all familiar with.”

A utility player, Arnold comes to OU from Holland Hall Prep in Tulsa, Okla. She was a three-time All-North Zone player and was an all-conference honoree and Holland Hall’s Most Valuable Player in her junior season after hitting .813 with 30 runs scored, 26 hits, 19 RBI, 33 stolen bases and two home runs.

“Kelsey Arnold is just a tremendous, all-around athlete in high school,” Gasso noted. “She played about every sport in high school. As a softball athlete, she’s going to be a very versatile for us. She could play a corner position, she could play middle of the field, and she could play the outfield. I’ve seen her play all positions and collegiately she could play any of them, at our level.

“She has good power, but she also has great speed, so as a defense you don’t know what you’re going to get with her. She could lay down a bunt at any time, hit the ball into a gap for extra bases and she’s got the power to hit it out. She’s going to be someone that we’re looking at for the top of the lineup. She’s a playmaker, but also could be a game changer.”

A catcher out of Coto de Caza, Calif., Wodach joins the Sooners from Tesoro High School. She was third-team All-Orange County last season, as well as second-team All-South Coast League, after hitting .416 with 13 runs scored, 25 runs batted in, four home runs and two stolen bases.

“Lea just has a very athletic look behind the plate,” Gasso said. “She has a very strong arm and she’s agile behind the plate. She is going to be a very good leader; she has good knowledge of the game. She’s going to be someone that will handle pitchers very well and get the best out of them.”

In addition to her prowess on the softball field, Wodach has shown her athleticism on the basketball court, too. Last season Wodach earned conference MVP honors after averaging a double-double on the season and setting school records for 3-pointers in a game, as well as points and rebounds in a season.

“I think offensively, she’s such a strong athlete that I think she’s going to add some good power to the lineup,” Gasso added.

The Sooners welcome a familiar name with the addition of Nicole Pendley, younger sister of junior Shelby Pendley, the defending Big 12 Player of the Year. Nicole finds her way to Norman via Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Nicole was named first-team all-state, all-district and all-metro while setting the school’s single-season home run record (19). As a junior she hit .600 with 43 runs scored, 37 RBI, 19 home runs and 42 stolen bases.

“Nicole Pendley is going to be a fun player to watch,” Gasso said. “She’s a triple threat: she’s a slapper, she can lay down a bunt and she can hit for power. She will cause havoc for opposing defenses. She has a strong arm and has good speed in the outfield. She’s another very good athlete in this class.”

Another Sooner State product, Lookout is a native of Oklahoma City and attends Westmoore High School. She was named the 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.

"Destinie Lookout is a local product who will bring a lot of power,” Gasso explained. “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."

Hatfield will join the Sooners beginning this January after spending the fall semester at Seminole State. At Lindsay High School, she was named the Sooner Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and was chosen for the conference’s all-star team. Hatfield was also tabbed as the school’s Female Athlete of the Year.

"Macey is a very versatile athlete,” Gasso said. “She's been to our camp and I've been able to see her play second, I’ve seen her behind the plate and play in the outfield. In the short time that she was at Seminole State she really proved that she was a woman among girls. We faced her this fall and she was a very tough out for our pitching staff.

“We think that she can help us immediately. She will be a late addition to this team, but she will add tremendously to our depth, and her talents will enable her to try to find a way to get into this lineup. She is a good athlete and will fight for a starting spot."

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