TURNER — When it comes to softball in Oklahoma, there are some schools that have a tradition of success.

TURNER — When it comes to softball in Oklahoma, there are some schools that have a tradition of success.

One of those places just happens to be Turner High School, which is home to the highly successful Lady Falcons softball team.

As the blue and white enter the 2018 fast pitch season, they will do so with the expectations they have grown accustomed to in the last few years, making the state tournament and winning at least one game.

Last season the Lady Falcons went 24-10 and made the Class B state semifinals under the guidance of veteran head coach Shane Hill, giving them their third straight trip to the state tournament, and the third straight year they made at least the semifinals.

“You have to set the bar high every year I believe,” Hill said. “When you get to the state tournament then anything can happen to be honest. It’s always an advantage having returning players with experience the young girls can lean on.”

“This season we’re going to have to lean on some young players in key spots,” Hill added. “Then again, that’s nothing new for us, that’s small school life.” 

In order for a fourth straight appearance at the state tournament to be possible, the Lady Falcons will have to rebuild following the graduation of a couple of key players from last season.

They include All-State member Rylee Carter, who totaled a .391 batting average with a .477 on base percentage along with 36 hits and 10 RBI while scoring 50 runs last season.

Turner will also have to replace Alli Willis, who graduated this past May and will be suiting up for Northwestern Oklahoma state this fall to play college softball.

However, among the returning players this season will be Jaleigh Durst, who has been a constant offensive force the past couple of seasons for the Lady Falcons. 

Also retuning this season will be Ryleigh Parker, Chole Tynes, as well as Calli Hawkins.

Turner’s first tournament action of the year will come in the Calera Tournament which begins on Aug. 9.