Heat U18 wins state title

For one local softball team, this weekend was the culmination of almost a decade of practicing, playing and preparing for one final run at a state championship.

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And when the dirt finally settled, the girls who made up the Rapid City Heat were able to call themselves state champs.

The Heat U18 softball team recently won the South Dakota State Class B championship in Sioux Falls after a six-game run that saw them defeat the Black Hills Storm twice after falling to the Storm earlier in the tournament.

The Heat's Cameron Karley hit a go-ahead home run late in the title game as the Heat won three games on the final day for the title.

Ali Gisi said, "It was really fun to end this way and all of us have ben playing so long so it was really nice to have this as kind of our final event."

Jon LaFleur said, "We've been together since Little League softball, so that would have been when some of these girls were 9 and 10 years old ... and we've grown together over those nine years. Its been a special relationship and we've just had a lot of fun."