OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday morning the Turner Lady Falcons got off on the right foot in their quest to make it back to the state finals.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday morning the Turner Lady Falcons got off on the right foot in their quest to make it back to the state finals.

The No. 6 Lady Falcons used a five-run third inning to overcome an early deficit, winning 7-2 over  No. 5 Varnum at ASA Stadium in Oklahoma City. 

THS will now advance to the state semifinals for the third season in a row, where it will meet No. 1 Arnett today at 1:30 p.m.

“We’re playing off a lot of experience right now.  This ain’t our first rodeo,” said Turner coach Shane Hill.

Alli Willis pitched all seven innings.  

Hill said that Willis did a good job of keeping the ball out of the middle of the plate and leaving the rest to her defense.

Varnum jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Morgan Kinsey hit a sacrifice fly RBI.

After two scoreless innings, the Lady Falcons found their niche in the third inning, scoring five runs.

Hillary Hill and Kaylee Colston, hit a pair of singles to get the ball rolling for the Falcons.  

A well-executed bunt from Rylee Carter loaded the bases for the Falcons.  

Chloe Tynes then  hit a single to left field to send Hill home. 

Jaleigh Durst hit a two-RBI double on the following at-bat to put two more runners back in the dugout.

“That allowed the girls that can really smoke it to come up and do what they’re really good at,” Hill said about the third inning.

 “Before long, if you get the bottom of the order on, you’re going to score some runs.”

A two- RBI double from Ryleigh Parker set up two more runners to score as the Falcons took a commanding 5-1 lead, and it was all Turner from there.

In the fourth inning, the Falcons put on their best defensive effort of the day.  

Clutch plays in the outfield from Tynes along with Ryanne Richardson helped keep VHS at bay as the Lady Falcons held on to the lead they had built up.

“I’ve made a few plays this year, but nothing really compared to that,” Richardson said.

The Lady Falcons scored one more in the fourth, after Carter hit a strong grounder that rolled under the Varnum pitcher’s glove allowing Hill to score.

The final score of the day came from a solo  home-run in the fifth inning from Durst to left field.  

“I knew that we were up so I didn’t have any nerves or anything,” Durst said.

After one more score from Varnum in the seventh inning, the Falcons’ final out came on a throw from Hannah Gilbreath to Hawkins to secure the victory.

“We don’t expect to come up here and roll over for anybody.  People are going to have to put a good game together to beat us,” Hill said. “We’re trying to compete to win it all.”

“It means a lot because after last year, a lot of people said we weren’t going to make it back and we proved a lot of people wrong,” Durst said after the win.