Sioux Falls Lincoln wins the Class AA State Softball Championship.
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State Softball-Lincoln wins Class AA title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An undefeated season only matters if it results in a state championship. For Sioux Falls Lincoln, who hasn’t lost a game since May 9th of last year, they proved this weekend that they’re the top team in the state. The Patriots defeated Harrisburg 7-1 on Saturday in the ‘AA’ state championship game. It’s back-to-back state sanctioned championships, and their third straight, if you include high school club.

Lincoln rolled past Watertown in the quarterfinals and then impressed again in the semifinals to set up a date with Harrisburg in the title game.

The Patriots were hot on offense out the gate. Norah Christiansen, Paxton Dekkers, and Sara Mathison combined for four RBI’s in the opening frame. In the second inning, they scored three more runs off of hits from Avery Dorman and Kierra Lubovich. This gave Lincoln a 7-0 lead going into the third inning.

Macy Bryant of Harrisburg did get the Tigers on the board in the fourth with a double to left, but that would be the final run scored in the game by both teams, which sealed the win for Lincoln.

Rapid City Stevens finished fifth, defeating Brandon Valley 4 to 3 in the consolation championship.

Tea Area won the Class A state championship, defeating top seeded West Central 9 to 5.

Chester captured the Class B State  Championship with a 19 to 8 win over Castlewood.

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