SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Summit League) – The 2023 Summit League Softball Championship bracket was unveiled by league officials Saturday afternoon with South Dakota State earning the No. 1 seed following its third straight regular season league title.

The six-team tournament will be played May 10-13 at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium in Brookings, S.D. All games will be streamed live on, televised on Midco Sports and available on the Midco Sports Plus app. First round games will be played on Wednesday as single elimination contests. The remainder of the championship will be double elimination with the championship game being held on Saturday.

The top two seeds in this year’s Summit League Championship event receive byes into Thursday’s semifinal round. Joining the Jackrabbits (35-15, 17-0) with a first-round bye will be No. 2 seed, Omaha (29-15, 15-5), for the second straight season.

Rounding out the six-team field will be No. 3 seed North Dakota State (29-19, 13-8 SL), No. 4 seed South Dakota (22-26, 11-9 SL), No. 5 seed North Dakota (12-37, 9-10 SL) and No. 6 seed Kansas City (9-42, 4-17). St. Thomas (18-35, 6-14 SL), who finished sixth in the league standings, are ineligible for the Summit League tournament due to NCAA Division I transition.

First pitch of the 2023 Summit League Tournament will take place at 2 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday when No. 4 seed South Dakota takes on No. 5 seed North Dakota, with the winner advancing to play top-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday. Third-seeded North Dakota State and sixth-seeded Kansas City will square off in Wednesday’s second game at approximately 4:30 p.m. (CT), with the winner advancing to play No. 2 seed Omaha.

Thursday’s semifinal games will begin at 11 a.m. (CT), with the two victorious schools advancing to Friday’s winner’s bracket contest. The two losing schools will play at approximately 4 p.m. (CT) Thursday in a win or go home game. Friday’s winner’s bracket game will be played at 1 p.m. (CT) with the loser having to play at approximately 3:30 p.m. (CT) to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship.

First pitch for Saturday’s championship game will be at 1 p.m. (CT) with an if necessary game at approximately 3:30 p.m. (CT). The Summit League champion will earn the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Championship Schedule
Wednesday, May 10th
G1: (4) South Dakota vs. (5) North Dakota | 2 p.m. CT
G2: (3) North Dakota State vs. (6) Kansas City | 4:30 p.m. CT

Thursday, May 11th
G3: (1) South Dakota State vs. G1 Winner | 11 a.m. CT
G4: (2) Omaha vs. G2 Winner | 1:30 p.m. CT
G5: G3 Loser vs. G4 Loser | 4 p.m. CT

Friday, May 12th
G6: G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner | 1 p.m. CT
G7: G6 Loser vs. G5 Winner | 3:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, May 13th
G8: G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner | 1 p.m. CT
G9: If Necessary | 3:30 p.m. CT