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OUR 10 FAVORITE STATE TOURNAMENT GAMES AT PRINCIPAL PARK - large image

OUR 10 FAVORITE STATE TOURNAMENT GAMES AT PRINCIPAL PARK

We tried to do the impossible. Start with 362 state tournament games at Principal Park and pick 10 favorites. Lots of underdogs and upsets and extra-inning games. Thrilling victories. Heart-breaking defeats. One thing is clear: It's been 13 years of great tournament baseball. Enjoy.

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STATE RANKINGS: WEEK 4

Johnston took over the top spot in Class 4A in the latest rankings by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. The other Week 4 leaders are Assumption (3A), Cascade (2A) and Newman Catholic (1A). Read more for the entire Top 10 lists, and those teams also receiving consideration. 

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2018 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES AT PRINCIPAL PARK

High school teams have the opportunity to play regular-season games at Principal Park. The schedule is filled for 2018.

2018 HIGH SCHOOL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES AT PRINCIPAL PARK
Tuesday, June 12
Saydel 6, Lewis Central 4 (eight innings)
Underwood 9, Audubon 4
Monday, June 25
11 a.m. -- Des Moines Hoover vs. Des Moines Lincoln
2 p.m. -- Pleasantville vs. Iowa City Liberty
Thursday, July 5
11 a.m. -- Southeast Warren vs. Ankeny Christian Academy
2 p.m. -- Woodward-Granger vs. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

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1A CHAMPION: NEWMAN CATHOLIC - large image

1A CHAMPION: NEWMAN CATHOLIC

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The top four teams in the final rankings by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association and Radio Iowa are in the Class 1A state tournament field. The teams are #1 North Linn, #2 Newman Catholic, #3 Martensdale-St. Marys and #4 Akron-Westfield. Sixth-ranked Lisbon is the only other Top 10 team to qualify. However, the seeds were jumbled a bit, with the top seed going to Newman, followed by MSTM, Akron-Westfield and North Linn. Read more for 1A news, notes and stats from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday’s quarterfinals

Newman Catholic 10, CAM 2
Remsen St. Mary’s 5, North Linn 1
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Martensdale-St.Marys 7, Hudson 4
Akron-Westfield 5, Lisbon 4 (11 innings)
Thursday's semifinals
Newman Catholic 2, Remsen St. Mary’s 0
Martensdale-St.Marys 6, Akron-Westfield 1
Saturday's championship
Newman Catholic 8, Martensdale-St.Marys 3

RANKED TEAMS: 1. North Linn; 2. Newman; 3. MSTM; 4. Akron-Westfield; 6. Lisbon.
TOP SEEDS: 1. Newman; 2. MSTM; 3. Akron-Westfield; 4. North Linn.

Final Class 1A stat leaders

Final tournament stat leaders

Tournament game stories, box scores, play-by-play

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2A CHAMPION: BECKMAN CATHOLIC - large image

2A CHAMPION: BECKMAN CATHOLIC

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Five of the top six teams in the final rankings by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association and Radio Iowa didn't make it to the Class 2A state tournament. Second-ranked Treynor did, but the Cardinals are only a fifth seed. The top seeds went to Beckman Catholic and Van Meter. Read more for 2A news, notes and stats from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT
Monday’s quarterfinals

Iowa City Regina 5, Treynor 0
Beckman Catholic 7, Denver 1
Centerville 3, Estherville Lincoln Central 1 (eight innings)
Kuemper Catholic 5, Van Meter 3
Thursday's semifinals
Beckman Catholic 8, Iowa City Regina 0
Kuemper Catholic 6, Centerville 2
Saturday's championship
Beckman Catholic 9, Kuemper Catholic 6

RANKED TEAMS: 2. Treynor; 7. Beckman; 8. Van Meter; 9. Regina.
TOP SEEDS: 1. Beckman; 2. Van Meter; 3. ELC; 4. Regina.

Final Class 2A stat leaders

Final tournament stat leaders

Tournament game stories, box scores, play-by-play

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3A CHAMPION: ASSUMPTION - large image

3A CHAMPION: ASSUMPTION

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The top two teams in the final rankings by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association and Radio Iowa are in the Class 3A state tournament field. Harlan and Assumption finished 1-2 in the rankings, but the seedings went the other way, with Assumption claiming the top seed. Harlan is the defending champion. Assumption has won nine state summer titles. Read more for 3A news, notes and stats from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
Tuesday’s quarterfinals

Assumption 12, Bondurant-Farrar 2 (five innings)
Wahlert Catholic 5, Marion 4
Bishop Heelan Catholic 4, Saydel 1
Harlan 6, Oskaloosa 0
Friday's semifinals
Harlan 6, Bishop Heelan Catholic 3
Assumption 6, Wahlert Catholic 1
Saturday's championship
Assumption 10, Harlan 1

RANKED TEAMS: 1. Harlan; 2. Assumption; 4. Saydel; 5. Marion; 8. Heelan.
TOP SEEDS: 1. Assumption; 2. Harlan; 3. Heelan; 4. Wahlert.

Final Class 3A stat leaders

Final tournament stat leaders

Tournament game stories, box scores, play-by-play

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4A CHAMPION: JOHNSTON

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Defending champion Cedar Rapids Prairie is in the Class 4A state tournament field. The Hawks are one of six teams in the final rankings by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association and Radio Iowa to make the field. The top three teams in the rankings — Johnston, Dowling Catholic and Iowa City West — are also the top three seeds. Read more for 4A news, notes and stats from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT
Wednesday’s quarterfinals

Waukee 1, Cedar Rapids Prairie 0
Johnston 7, Linn-Mar 1
Iowa City West 12, Cedar Rapids Washington 2 (six innings)
Dowling Catholic vs. Mason City, postponed
Thursday's quarterfinals
Dowling Catholic 8, Mason City 1
Friday's semifinals
Dowling Catholic 8, Iowa City West 3
Johnston 5, Waukee 4
Saturday's championship
Johnston 5, Dowling Catholic 0

RANKED TEAMS: 1. Johnston; 2. Dowling; 3. West; 5. Prairie; 6. Waukee; 10. Mason City
TOP SEEDS: 1. Johnston; 2. Dowling; 3. West; 4. Prairie.

Final Class 4A stat leaders

Final tournament stat leaders

Tournament game stories, box scores, play-by-play

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FORMER PLAYERS NOW WORK THE STATE TOURNAMENT

The state baseball tournament moved to Des Moines in 2005, and since then, lots of talented baseball players have showcased their skills at Principal Park. The list includes players who went on to play in college, in the minor leagues and in the major leagues. And players who went on to work for the host Iowa Cubs. Read more for a look at those who played in the state tournament at Principal Park — and work (or have worked) for the Iowa Cubs.

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STATE TOURNAMENT FANS: KEEP THAT FOUL BALL

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Fans can keep foul balls hit into the stands during state tournament games. The Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is the official foul ball sponsor of the tournament. Their support of high school baseball makes it possible for fans to keep a great souvenir of the state tournament. There are an average of 750 baseballs used each year during the state tournament. And most of them go home with fans.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. PROFESSIONAL RESULTS.

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As an industry leader in the state, Iowa Cubs Sports Turf Management will take your fields to the next level. Our accomplished professionals have experience with top-level facilities throughout the region. The specialized nature of our company sets us apart from any other. Our high-quality services result in increased playability and enhance the aesthetic appearance of your facility. Visit our website for more details.

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FOTO FLASHBACK: 2014 - image

FOTO FLASHBACK: 2014

A hot and steamy day at the 2014 state tournament. 

Photo by Veronica Payne

Infield Chatter

The 1980 1A championship game between Kee High and Bancroft St. John's is the longest in summer state tournament history. How many innings did it last?
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