BURNEYVILLE — With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and a Grandfield batter facing a 1-1 count, chants of “State! State! State!” broke out in the Turner student section.
One swinging strike later, the chants grew louder, and quicker.
Another swinging strike later, Turner senior pitcher Jacey Henry removed her glove and face guard and sprinted toward home plate to celebrate a 12-0 victory over Grandfield on Friday in the caring arms of Lady Falcons catcher Jaleigh Durst.
Moments later, several Lady Falcons teammates joined them in the dog pile.
A berth in the state tournament in Oklahoma City is officially a go for the Class B No. 2 Lady Falcons.
Turner seeks to build off their state runner-up finish from a year ago and win a state title in softball for the first time in program history.
“The goal is to win it all,” Turner senior Shyanne Parker said. “That’s been the goal since I’ve ever started playing. Refuse to lose.”
Turner (27-2) outscored its opponents 42-1 over the course of the two-day tournament.
“We expected that,” Turner senior Brianna Paul said.
A three-run top of the first was all the offense the Lady Falcons needed to clinch a berth in this week’s state tournament in Oklahoma City.
Durst jump-started Turner’s offense with an RBI double to center field to score her battery mate Henry, who was hit by a pitch.
Rylee Carter singled and scored the second Lady Falcons run on a passed ball.
Tracy McGill plated Durst with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 Turner lead.
Carter powered Turner with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate.
Turner racked up 16 hits Friday and finished the regional with 43 hits.
“If we hit the ball like we’ve hit it (Thursday) and for four innings today, we’ll be tough to beat,” Turner coach Shane Hill said.
Henry, meanwhile, was dominant in the circle. She struck out 15 and allowed one hit.
The Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association is slated to release the bracket for the state tournament Monday.
The state tournament begins Thursday.
“We know what to expect and we’re ready,” Paul said. “We’re more than ready. Our nerves are not as high as they were last year.”