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CLASS 1A ROAD TO STATE

All ranked teams in Class 1A won district tournament openers Saturday night. Read more for the scores — and their semifinal-round matchups. Read More

CLASS 2A ROAD TO STATE

Class 2A teams began their road to the state tournament on Saturday night. Read more for a look at who the Top 10 teams face in Tuesday night’s district semifinals.  Read More
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NEWMAN, WILTON TOP FINAL 1A-2A RANKINGS

The final Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings for Class 1A and 2A are out — and the leaders are the same as the preseason rankings. Newman Catholic (1A) and Wilton (2A) topped the rankings each week from start to finish. Johnston (4A) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (3A), held on to the top spots in the Week 7 rankings — the final rankings for those classes are set for July 15. Read more for the Top 10 in each class, plus others receiving votes. 

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HELP WANTED: PHOTOGRAPHER

We’re looking for a photographer to shoot high school state tournament games — at Principal Park.

In the past, we have used the Iowa Cubs photo intern, but we no longer have that position.

This might be an ideal position for a college student in the Des Moines area with weekday free time, but we’re open to all possibilities. (It’s also best if photographers have their own camera equipment.) 

The position pays $10 per hour. It’s a great opportunity to showcase talents on this website, Twitter and Instagram.

Interested persons should email Scott Sailor.

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FORMER PLAYERS NOW WORK THE STATE TOURNAMENT

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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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A QUICK LOOK BACK AT THE 2018 STATE TOURNAMENT

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There was plenty of excitment at the 2018 Iowa high school state baseball tournament — 11 one-run games, three walk-off victories and one extra-inning game. Six home runs were hit — bringing the total to 54 at Principal Park — and two one-hitters thrown. There were some stunning upsets, and an 8-seed made it to the championship game. And there were a lot of familiar teams among the 32 qualifiers.

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1A CHAMPIONS: NEWMAN CATHOLIC

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Newman Catholic won the Class 1A title, its seventh summer state championship. The Knights made their 11th straight and 22nd overall summer state tournament appearance — both all-time state records. Their 11th straight trip to the semifinals is also an all-time state best. Newman shut out its first two foes at state, and outscored all opponents 25-5. The Knights allowed all five runs in one inning, keeping opponents scoreless in the other 18 innings of play. Read more for pre-tournament news and notes about the 1A state tournament teams.

CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Newman Catholic 10, Tri-Center 0 (five innings)
Martensdale-St.Marys 3, Council Bluffs St.Albert 2
SATURDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
Lisbon 2, Don Bosco 1
North Linn 6, Remsen St.Mary’s 3
THURSDAY’S SEMIFINALS
Newman Catholic 6, Martensdale-St.Marys 0
Lisbon 4, North Linn 2
SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Newman Catholic 9, Lisbon 5


RANKED TEAMS: #1 Newman; #2 Lisbon; #3 North Linn; #4 Remsen St.Mary’s; #6 MSTM; #7. St.Albert; #9 Tri-Center. 
TOP SEEDS: #1 Newman; #2 Lisbon; #3 North Linn; #4 MSTM.


Class 1A stat leaders after final round

Overall final tournament stat leaders

Game stories, box scores and play-by-play reports

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2A CHAMPIONS: CENTERVILLE

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Centerville won the Class 2A title — adding to 3A titles it won in 1988 and 2008. The Big Reds were the 6-seed in the field, but knocked off the 3-2-1 seeds in order to win the title. Centerville led the entire tournament with a .364 batting average and in hitting .419 with runners in scoring position. Read more for pre-tournament news and notes about the 2A state tournament.

CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT
MONDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Iowa City Regina 6, Treynor 1
Van Meter 4, Alta-Aurelia 3
Centerville 6, Estherville Lincoln Central 3
Wilton 3, Denver 2
THURSDAY’S SEMIFINALS
Centerville 13, Wilton 0 (five innings)
Iowa City Regina 4, Van Meter 3
SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Centerville 4, Iowa City Regina 3


RANKED TEAMS: #3 Regina; #5 Wilton; #7 ELC; #9 Van Meter; #10 Alta-Aurelia.
TOP SEEDS: #1 Regina; #2 Wilton; #3 ELC; #4 Van Meter.


Class 2A stat leaders after final round

Overall final tournament stat leaders

Game stories, box scores and play-by-play reports

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3A CHAMPIONS: ASSUMPTION

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Assumption won the Class 3A title, its all-time state record 11th summer state championship. The Knights are 37-5 in summer state tournament games — the all-time state record for most victories. Assumption outscored its foes 18-2 at state, with its pitchers combining for a 0.70 earned-run average and 30 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .092 batting average. The Knights’ Nick Gottilla set an all-time state championship game record with five hits. Read more for news and notes leading into the 3A state tournament. 

CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
TUESDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Assumption 5, Bondurant-Farrar 0
Bishop Heelan Catholic 3, Solon 2 (eight innings)
Waverly Shell Rock 8, Carlisle 5
Harlan 5, Boone 4
FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
Harlan 7, Waverly Shell Rock 6
Assumption 2, Bishop Heelan Catholic 1
SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Assumption 11, Harlan 1 (six innings)


RANKED TEAMS: #1 Harlan; #3 Assumption; #4 Carlisle; #5 Solon; #6 Heelan; #7 Waverly-Shell Rock
TOP SEEDS: #1 Assumption; #2 Harlan; #3 Carlisle; #4 Heelan


Class 3A stat leaders after final round

Overall final tournament stat leaders

Game stories, box scores and play-by-play reports

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4A CHAMPIONS: URBANDALE

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Urbandale won the Class 4A title — adding to titles it won in 2000 and 2007. The J-Hawks beat the 7-6-8 seeds to with the championship. They led the tournament with eight HBP. Read more for pre-tournament news and notes about the Class 4A state tournament.

CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT
WEDNESDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Valley 5, Waukee 1
Cedar Rapids Washington 7, Johnston 5
Western Dubuque 7, North Scott 4
Urbandale 8, Marshalltown 3
FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
Urbandale 7, Western Dubuque 3
Cedar Rapids Washington 5, Valley 4
SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Urbandale 3, Cedar Rapids Washington 0


RANKED TEAMS: #1 Johnston; #2 Urbandale; #8 Waukee; #10 Valley.
TOP SEEDS: #1 Johnston; #2 Urbandale; #3 North Scott; #4 Valley.


Class 4A stat leaders after final round

Overall final tournament stat leaders

Game stories, box scores and play-by-play reports

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STATE TOURNAMENT FANS: KEEP THAT FOUL BALL

Fans can keep foul balls hit into the stands during state tournament games. There are an average of 750 baseballs used each year during the state tournament. And most of them go home with fans. [Shamless plug: We are looking for a corporate sponsor for the 2019 state tournament.]

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. PROFESSIONAL RESULTS.

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As an industry leader in the state, Iowa 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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At The Yard

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PHOTO FLASHBACK: 2015

Matt Sacia on the mound for North Scott vs Waukee in a Class 4A first-round game.

Photo by Dylan Heuer

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