We tried to do the impossible. Start with 418 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 16 years of great tournament baseball. Enjoy. [Note: Our favorite state tournament photo is above.]
If you love good pitching, you loved the 2019 Iowa high school state baseball tournament. The 28 games of the tournament provided plenty of it — there were nine shutouts — and some great individual performances.
CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT Monday’s quarterfinals
North Linn 8, West Branch 1
Des Moines Christian 9, Central Lee 7
West Sioux 7, New Hampton 2
Van Meter 17, Underwood 7 (six innings) Thursday’s semifinals
Van Meter 3, West Sioux 0
North Linn 3, Des Moines Christian 0 Saturday’s championship
Van Meter 6, North Linn 0
TOP SEEDS: 1. North Linn; 2. Van Meter; 3. New Hampton; 4. Central Lee
RANKED TEAMS: 2. North Linn; 5. Van Meter; 7. New Hampton
CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Dowling Catholic 7, Southeast Polk 0
Johnston 6, Ankeny 0
Urbandale 3, Western Dubuque 0
Iowa City West 6, Pleasant Valley 3 Friday’s semifinals
Urbandale 10, Iowa City West 2
Johnston 7, Dowling Catholic 0 Saturday’s championship
Urbandale 8, Johnston 2
TOP SEEDS: 1. Johnston; 2. West; 3. Western Dubuque; 4. Dowling
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Johnston; 2. West; 3. Southeast Polk; 5. Western Dubuque; 6. Dowling; 9. Urbandale
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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