If the calendar is turning to October, it means the state fast pitch tournament is around the corner.

If the calendar is turning to October, it means the state fast pitch tournament is around the corner.

In recent years, that’s meant the Turner Lady Falcons will be making the journey to Oklahoma City at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Saturday afternoon, the No. 6 Lady Falcons kept their state tradition going strong as they fought back to claim the regional championship at home over Mountain View-Gotebo.

THS opened the tournament on Thursday with a 15-4 victory over Caney, before losing to Mt. View-Gotebo 7-6 in the winners game on Thursday.

THS came back with a victory Friday afternoon over Caney 10-4, before setting up its showdown with Gotebo in the regional finals beginning Friday afternoon.

The pairings for the state tournament will be released later this week.

Game one: Turner 4, Mt. View 3

In order to have a chance to make it to state, the Lady Falcons first had to hand the Lady Tigers their first defeat of the regional tournament. 

THS managed to do so Friday afternoon in walk-off fashion.

Rylee Carter put the Lady Falcons on the brink of the state tournament with a walk-off inside the park home run to center field in the bottom of the seventh, giving her team the 4-3 victory.

Turner found itself down 2-0 after the first inning before Chole Tynes registered an RBI single in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1.

Allí Willis tied the game with an RBI single to center.

Mt. View-Gotebo took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning, before THS tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Carter scored off a sacrifice from Jaleigh Durst, which led to an error.

Ryleigh Parker got the win on the mound, throwing a complete game. She allowed three earned runs on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Game two: Turner 7, Mt. View 2

There was no need for dramatics in the final game of the tournament, as the Lady Falcons dispatched the Lady Tigers in short order to punch their ticket to the state tournament once again.

Turner opened the game with three runs in the first inning.

Hannah Gilbreath brought home three runs on a three-RBI double to left field.

The Lady Tigers got a run back in the top of the second to make it 3-1.

Jaleigh Durst smashed a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the third inning to put the Lady Falcons up 5-1, before Calli Hawkins slapped an RBI single to left to make it 6-1.

Despite getting a run in the top of the sixth, the Lady Tigers allowed one more run in the bottom half of the inning when Durst hit a sacrifice fly RBI.

All Willis got the victory on the mound for the Lady Falcons, throwing 6 2/3 innings. She allowed two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts.