EDMOND — Speed and Power. Thunder and lightning.
Whichever combination you choose to use, it can be used to describe the play of Turner Lady Falcons players Jacey Henry and Shyanne Parker this season.
Last Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University, the duo got to share one last moment as teammates on the field as both of them took part in the OSPCA Small All-State game as members of the West squad.
While the offense wasn’t at a premium for the West squad, Henry left her mark one last time.
In the top of the eighth inning, the college bound player launched a trademark home run to center field, where it hit off the scoreboard for a three-run home run.
“This was a complete blast for me,” Henry said. “I feel so honored to have been able to play in both All-State games and to represent Turner High School like this. We had our goals set higher this year and wanted a state championship. But, it was a fantastic year for all of us overall.”
Parker also registered a solid day at the plate as she reached base in all of her plate appearances.
In total this season, Turner finished with three All-State selections, and managed to have two players in both fast pitch and slow pitch contests. Tracy McGill joined Henry in the fast pitch contest.
“I couldn’t be more happy for these girls,” Turner head coach Shane Hill said. “We’re sure going to miss them on this team. I wish them nothing but the best as they enter their next stages of life in this crazy world.”
As for on the field accomplishments this season, the Lady Falcons put together a calendar year worth remembering for a long time.
During the fast pitch season the Lady Falcons finished as State runner-up. THS completed the double as they managed to reach the State Quarterfinals in slow pitch, which included an upset victory in the regional tournament over then No. 1 Binger-Oney.
“It was really humbling for me being out there,” Parker said about the All-State experience. “I got to be out there with people who have been my rival all throughout high school. Getting to be teammates with them was a really great experience for me.”
“I wouldn’t have traded this season for anything,” Parker added. “I couldn’t be more thankful for the girls I got to play with, and the coaches I got to have around me. There is nowhere else I would have rather been this season than Turner High School.”
All three of Turner’s All-State softball players from this season will be attending college in the fall.
McGill will go on to play golf at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, while Henry is going to be joining the East Central University Lady Tigers softball squad in the fall. Parker won’t be playing athletics in college, but is going to begin her journey towards a master’s degree by attending Murray State College this fall.
“I’m looking forward to staying competitive out there and the competition,” Henry said. “East Central made me feel like family when I went there. Plus it’s close to home as well which is great for me.”
“I’m going to get my masters degree in science eventually,” Parker said. “I’m just looking forward to enjoying life and beginning a new chapter in college.”