Matchups lined up for inaugural SDHSAA softball SoDak 16 on May 23

In Class AA, Mitchell has the No. 12 seed and will head to fifth-seeded Sioux Falls Washington for a trip to the state tournament.

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Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy's Sonia Deckert braces to get hit by a pitch during a high school softball game against Hanson on Friday, April 28, 2023, in Alexandria.
Zech Lambert / Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — The inaugural SoDak 16 state-qualifying round for high school softball is set in all three classes for games on Tuesday, May 23 at home sites around the state.

In Class AA, Mitchell has the No. 12 seed and will head to fifth-seeded Sioux Falls Washington for a trip to the state tournament. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanford Sports Complex Diamonds. The winner takes on either No. 4 Sioux Falls Jefferson or 13th-seeded Rapid City Central on June 1 at the state tournament in Aberdeen.

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Mitchell's Macey Linke delivers a pitch to home plate during a high school softball game on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic

On the Class A slate, Winner Area and Wagner will be home for the SoDak 16. The Warriors are seeded sixth and will host 11th-seeded Lennox in Winner, while Wagner takes on Elk Point-Jefferson in a meeting of the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds.

In Class B, Bon Homme is the highest-seeded team in action on Tuesday as a four seed, hosting Avon in Tyndall. No. 8 seed Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy hosts Viborg-Hurley at 6 p.m. Tuesday, while Hanson takes the No. 10 seed to seventh-seeded Colman-Egan and No. 11 Scotland/Menno heads north to sixth-seeded Deuel.

The first SDHSAA state tournament will be held June 1-3 in Aberdeen, with eight-team fields in all three classes playing a single-elimination bracket.


SDHSAA SoDak 16 matchups

Class AA

Tuesday, May 23

Upper bracket

No. 16 Aberdeen Central (0-12) at No. 1 Sioux Falls Lincoln (15-2), 6 p.m.

No. 9 Rapid City Stevens (9-7) at No. 8 Yankton (11-7), 5 p.m.

No. 13 Rapid City Central (5-13) at No. 4 Sioux Falls Jefferson (14-4), 4 p.m.

No. 12 Mitchell (5-13) at No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington (12-5), 6 p.m.

Lower bracket

No. 15 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (1-17) at No. 2 Harrisburg (16-3), 7 p.m.


No. 10 Watertown (7-7) at No. 7 Brandon Valley (9-6), 6 p.m.

No. 14 Sturgis (1-14) at No. 3 Brookings (13-3), time TBD

No. 11 Pierre (6-12) at No. 6 O’Gorman (11-6), 5 p.m.

State quarterfinals — Thursday, June 1

At Koehler Hall of Fame Field, in Aberdeen

Yankton/RC Stevens winner vs. SF Lincoln/Aberdeen winner, 10 a.m.

SF Jefferson/RC Central winner vs. SF Washington/Mitchell winner, 12:30 p.m.

Brandon Valley/Watertown winner vs. Harrisburg/SF Roosevelt winner, 3 p.m.


O’Gorman/Pierre winner vs. Brookings/Sturgis winner, 5:30 p.m.

Class A

Eight winners to be re-seeded for state tournament. 

No. 16 Canton (18-0) at No. 1 West Central (18-0), 5 p.m.

No. 15 Milbank (2-12) at No. 2 Dell Rapids (10-1), 6 p.m.

No. 14 Sioux Falls Christian (3-9) at No. 3 Dakota Valley (15-8), time TBD

No. 13 Mobridge-Pollock (4-8) at No. 4 Madison (14-3), time TBD

No. 12 Flandreau (6-13) at No. 5 Tea Area (9-5), 5 p.m.

No. 11 Lennox (4-7) at No. 6 Winner Area (8-5), time TBD


No. 10 Beresford (9-10) at No. 7 Vermillion, 5 p.m.

No. 9 Elk Point-Jefferson (9-7) at No. 8 Wagner (8-5), 5 p.m.

Class B

Due to only 13 teams in Class B, No. 1 Alcester-Hudson (11-1), No. 2 Arlington (14-3) and No. 3 Castlewood (9-3) advanced to state tournament. Eight SoDak 16 winners to be re-seeded for state tournament. 

No. 13 Avon (2-12) at No. 4 Bon Homme (12-4), 6 p.m., in Tyndall.

No. 12 Oldham-Ramona/Rutland (2-12) at No. 5 Gayville-Volin (10-6), 5 p.m., in Gayville.

No. 11 Scotland/Menno (4-7) at No. 6 Deuel (11-4), 5 p.m., in Clear Lake.

No. 10 Hanson (4-10) at No. 7 Colman-Egan (10-12), 5 p.m., in Colman.

No. 9 Viborg-Hurley (7-9) at No. 8 Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy (5-10), 6 p.m., in Freeman

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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