When it comes to tradition, there's very few schools who know or define it better than Turner.
When it comes to tradition, there’s very few schools who know or define it better than Turner.
This is never more clear than in the world of softball, where the Lady Falcons have made the state tournament their home over the last few seasons.
However, in order for a fourth straight trip to the state tournament in fast pitch to be possible this season, the Lady Falcons will have to do so without the help of many familiar faces which were lost to graduation.
Also not helping the cause has been a lack of contests the Lady Falcons have been able to play over the summer due to many factors.
However, veteran head coach Shane Hill isn’t worried about how his team is going to look once the regular season begins in August.
“It’s been tough this summer to play a lot of games softball wise,” Hill said. “We’ve got 10-12 girls who are athletic enough to where they are able to play everything at Turner. To be honest we’ve gotten to play about two full days in summer softball during the month of June, so we’re really fixing to start going all out when it comes to working.”
Among the pieces the Lady Falcons will be trying to replace this season will include Rylee Carter, who was selected as an All-State selection in fast pitch.
She totaled a .391 batting average with a .477 on base percentage along with 36 hits and 10 RBI while scoring 50 runs last season.
Another important piece from last year which was lost to graduation was Alli Willis, who will be suiting up for Northwestern Oklahoma State this fall to play college softball.
There will be several returning players coming back to help contribute to the Lady Falcons offensively this season, including senior Jaleigh Durst, who hit multiple home runs last season.
Also returning this season will be Ryleigh Parker, along with Chole Tynes, and Calli Hawkins among many others.
Turner made the state semifinals last season, ending a streak of two straight appearances in the state finals in Class B.
The Lady Falcons were able to continue their run of 20-win seasons.