For the first time in six years, there will be a new queen of San Francisco Section softball.
Top-seeded Lincoln (22-4) will face No. 2 Lowell in today’s title game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Lang Field. The Cardinals (17-2) knocked off five-time defending champion Washington 13-12 in the semifinals to set up the fresh final.
Lowell last won the championship in 2001, while the Mustangs haven’t earned the title since 1985.
“They know it’s been a while, but that was so long ago they don’t really focus on it,” Lincoln coach Kevin Grayson said. “They’re thinking about their year and trying to send this senior class off with a win.”
Both teams are led by solid pitcher-catcher combinations, with Lincoln’s Christine Collins maturing into perhaps the Academic Athletic Association’s top pitcher during her senior season and Lowell’s Samia Zuber just as capable of controlling the game. Behind the plate, the Mustangs’ Tuai Tunai and Lowell’s Sati Houston play good defense, bat in the middle of the order and are counted on to deliver the bit hit.
The teams split their two meetings during the regular season, with Lincoln winning 12-7 on March 5 and the Cardinals responding with a 17-11 victory April 24.
“We’re really looking forward to the chance to play in the championship game — the girls are just ecstatic,” Lowell coach Sascha Ray said. “And we really respect Lincoln a lot, and know we have to show up with our A-game if we want to win.”