BURNEYVILLE — Turner’s Shyanne Parker always experiences a case of the butterflies every game day.
Thursday was no different.
“I guess it’s just instinct,” she said.
Jacey Henry said she has been “pumped up” about the first day of the Class B regional fastpitch tournament since the bracket was released.
Turner looks every bit ready to build on its state runner-up finish from a year ago.
Cruising to a 19-0 win in four innings over Roff an 11-1 five-inning win against Grandfield, the Lady Falcons are now one win away from qualifying for the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
“That’s the game plan,” Henry said. “We didn’t just want to win. We wanted to dominate.”
Perhaps the most impressive aspect for Turner was its hitting. The Lady Falcons pounded out 27 hits.
“Coach (Shane) Hill just told us a while ago, ‘This is the best that I’ve seen y’all hit the ball all year,’” Parker said. “We just came around ready to play today and we’re going to have to do that tomorrow and next week, too.”
Visitors on the scoreboard, Turner (27-2) scored five runs in the top of the first inning before Grandfield recorded the game’s first out.
Henry had a great all-around day.
She threw a no-hitter and hit two home runs against Roff, and against Grandfield, struck out 10 and aided her cause with two hits and an RBI.
“She sets the tone for us,” Parker said of Henry. “She gets it up there and knocks it over the fence. That gives us all motivation to get up there and knock it far.”
Turner was a motivated bunch Thursday.
Three batters after Durst’s hit, Ryleigh Parker’s two-run double increased Turner’s advantage to 5-0.
Ryleigh Parker went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs.
Shyanne Parker led all Lady Falcons with five RBIs.
“For the most part, we hit the ball well against the same type of pitching that we have been facing all year long,” Turner coach Shane Hill said. “That’s what is amazing. We kind of found another attitude today. They kind of saw an opportunity and they took advantage of it today.”
Turner was just as sharp against Roff.
Henry crushed a solo home run over the right-field wall to lead off the home half of the first inning. (Turner was the home team). Three innings later, she lined a two-run home run the other way.
“I had been struggling with the outside pitch,” Henry said. “So all of last week, that’s what we worked on, which was going back and going with it, waiting back and going with it. To actually hit one good that way felt good.”
Later in the first, Shyanne Parker hit a two-run single in the first to put Turner ahead 3-0. Ryleigh Parker crushed an RBI double off the wall in center field. Two batters later, Brianna Paul lined an RBI single over the glove of Roff’s third baseman for a 5-0 Turner lead.
Turner will play the Geronimo-Grandfield winner at 2 p.m. The Lady Falcons will qualify for state should they win that game. If not, a deciding game will follow.
“I think we’ve got a good enough team to win it all, but they’ve got to get there (state tournament) first,” Hill said. “Hopefully, tomorrow, they show up with the same approach, same attitude as they did today. If they do, and if we played like in all of the games that we’ve played, we’ll be fine.”