Turner 2016 fast-pitch softball preview
In its best season in school history, Turner took three steps forward.
Now, only one remains: It’s the sport’s summit, a position that Red Oak has occupied for the last four seasons with four consecutive Class B state championships.
Turner wants one.
“To improve on that (2015 season),” Henry said, regarding the Lady Falcons’ mindset entering their 2016 campaign. “To do the best we can, which is win state. Now, this year, to top that, we have to win it.”
Henry went to pitching lessons in Hobart from Ken Morrell over the offseason, working to maximize her final summer as a high-school softball player.
Moreover, she drove to Cache to practice with her travel team as she seeks to build on a 2015 campaign where she struck out 284 hitters.
“I learned how to get better (at my pitching lessons),” Henry said. “He teaches me new pitches, new spins, how to improve, throw harder and how to be a better pitcher and not thrower.”
Fellow battery mate Shyanne Parker is also a senior. The trio seeks its fifth state-tournament berth.
Tracy McGill and Brianna Paul round out the senior class.
Paul succeeds Allie Foster at the hot corner, coach Shane Hill said, while sophomore Ryleigh Parker will play first base.
Fellow sophomore Chloe Tynes begins her second season as the Lady Falcons’ lead-off hitter. She posted a .401 on-base percentage as a freshman, drawing 14 walks against 20 strikeouts. She collected 35 hits and scored 30 runs.
“You set the tone for the team, so you need to get up there and try your best not to strike out or anything,” she said.
Sophomore Jaleigh Durst can also catch while Shyanne Parker plays shortstop — and vice versa.
“We still have a lot of young people,” Parker said. “Summer ball is very, very important. People showing up in the mornings to work out is very important. Players grow in the summer, definitely, and I’m really excited for this year because, like Jacey said, we do have a chance to win it.”