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2019 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES AT PRINCIPAL PARK.

The Iowa Cubs will once again provide the opportunity for high schools to play regular-season games at Principal Park in Des Moines as part of the “High School Summer Series.” The available dates for 2019 are:

Tuesday, June 11 — 11 a.m. — Van Meter vs. Interstate 35

Tuesday, June 11 — 2 p.m. — Winterset vs. Humboldt

Wednesday, June 12 — 11 a.m.

Wednesday, June 12 — 2 p.m. — Red Oak vs. Shenandoah 

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A QUICK LOOK BACK AT THE 2018 STATE TOURNAMENT - large image

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

IHSAA Class 1A state tournament brackets

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

IHSAA Class 2A state tournament brackets

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

IHSAA Class 3A state tournament brackets

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

IHSAA Class 4A state tournament brackets

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

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ASSUMPTION WALKS IT OFF 2-1.

In a game where runs were hard to come by, Assumption eeked out a 2-1 walk-off win over Bishop Heelan Catholic in the Class 3A semifinals Friday afternoon at Principal Park, advancing to the state championship game for the 14th time.

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HARLAN HOLDS ON 7-6 IN 3A SEMIS.

Despite being out-hit 12-7, second-seeded Harlan turned back sixth-seeded Waverly-Shell Rock 7-6 in the Class 3A semifinals Friday at Principal Park and moved into the championship game.

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WILD PITCHES PROPEL 8-SEED WASHINGTON PAST VALLEY.

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Eighth-seeded Cedar Rapids Washington used some seventh-inning magic to advance to the 4A state championship game, beating Valley 5-4 in the semifinals Friday night at Principal Park. The Warriors scored four runs in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk, a fielder’s choice and two wild pitches.

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NEWMAN CATHOLIC CROWNED 1A STATE CHAMPS.

Making their tournament-leading 22nd appearance, the Newman Catholic Knights used seven runs in the first inning and a complete game by Evan Paulus to crown themselves as the 2018 1A state champions, besting Lisbon 9-5 Saturday in the title game at Principal Park.

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CENTERVILLE EDGES REGINA FOR 2A TITLE.

The sixth-seeded Centerville Big Reds used a run each in the first and fifth and a pair in the sixth inning to edge past top-seeded Iowa City Regina 4-3 for the Class 2A state championship Saturday afternoon at Principal Park — their third state championship in program history. The Big Reds won 3A titles in 1988 and 2008.

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ASSUMPTION CRUSHES HARLAN FOR 3A CHAMPIONSHIP .

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Assumption defeated Harlan 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Principal Park for the Class 3A state championship — its second straight championship and state-record 11th overall. Nick Gottilla banged out a state championship game record five hits for the Knights.

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LISBON STAYS PERFECT, ADVANCES TO 1A FINALS .

The Lisbon Lions continued their undefeated season behind the arm of Austin Krob, rallying past North Linn 4-2 Thursday at Principal Park to advance to the 1A state championship. It was the third meeting this season between the Tri-Rivers Conference rivals, and the Lions needed a three-run sixth inning to win.

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NEWMAN NOTCHES CHAMPIONSHIP BERTH .

In a 1A semifinal where pitching proved dominant in the early innings, Newman Catholic used a four-run second inning on just two hits to shut out Martensdale-St. Marys 6-0 Thursday and advance to the 1A state championship at Principal Park.

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CENTERVILLE WHIPS WILTON 13-0 .

Sixth-seeded Centerville stunned second-seeded Wilton 13-0 in five innings in a Class 2A semifinal Thursday night at Principal Park and advanced to the state championship game.

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REGINA SQUEAKS PAST VAN METER 4-3.

Top-seeded Iowa City Regina advanced to the 2A state championship behind a three-run second inning and the pitching of Jayden Kies to beat Van Meter 4-3 Thursday night in the semifinals at Principal Park.

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WESTERN DUBUQUE DOWNS NORTH SCOTT, 7-4 .

Western Dubuque came out swinging, as the sixth-seeded Bobcats struck first in the top frame and capitalized on four hit batters and three errors to edge North Scott, 7-4, Wednesday night at Principal Park.

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VALLEY STOPS WAUKEE, 5-1.

Fourth-seeded Valley used a big third inning and stout pitching from Will Mortiz to defeat Waukee for the fifth time this season, this time 5-1 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Wednesday at the state tournament at Principal Park. Moritz fired a four-hitter and struck out eight to push his record to 9-1 on the season.

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CR WASH UPSETS #1 JOHNSTON.

Draeden Spang smashed a pinch-hit bases clearing triple in the fifth inning to help Cedar Rapids Washington upset top-ranked and top-seeded Johnston 7-5 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon. It was the fifth time the 8 seed has upset the 1 seed in state tournament play at Principal Park.

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BISHOP HEELAN WALKS OFF TO BEAT SOLON.

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Fourth-seeded Bishop Heelan Catholic got a walk-off single from Colin Kasperbauer in the eighth inning to beat Solon 3-2 in a Class 3A quarterfinal-round game Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park.

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3-RUN 7TH SENDS CENTERVILLE PAST ELC.

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Sixth-seeded Centerville scored three runs on five hits in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and upset Estherville-Lincoln Central 6-3 in the 2A quarterfinals Monday evening at Principal Park.

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ASSUMPTION CRUISES PAST BONDURANT-FARRAR.

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Julien Broderson fired a two-hitter and struck out 11 to lead top-seeded Assumption past Bondurant 5-0 Tuesday in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Principal Park. At one point Broderson retired 15 straight Blue Jays.

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WILTON OUTDUELS DENVER, 3-2.

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Second-seeded Wilton used a run in the third and two in the sixth to advance past Denver, 3-2, en route to the semifinals of the 2A Iowa high school state baseball tournament Monday night at Principal Park.

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LISBON EDGES DON BOSCO 2-1.

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Second-seeded Lisbon scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past seventh-seeded Don Bosco 2-1 in the Class 1A quarterfinals Saturday at Principal Park. The win kept the Lions unbeaten on the season at 35-0.

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MARTENSDALE-ST. MARYS WALKS IT OFF.

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Game 2 of Friday’s Iowa high school state baseball tournament slate was a pitcher’s duel, as Council Bluffs St. Albert and Martensdale-St. Marys battled for three scoreless innings. But it was Martensdale-St. Marys and Brady Gavin who came out victorious with a 3-2 win at Principal Park.

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NEWMAN BLANKS TRI-CENTER .

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Top-ranked and top-seeded Newman Catholic used three runs in the first, five in the second and two in the fifth to defeat Tri-Center 10-0 Friday in the opening game of 1A play in the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park.

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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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CLASS 4A ROAD TO STATE.

Class 4A substate scores and pairings as teams work their way to the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines. 

CLASS 4A STATE QUALIFIERS
#1 Johnston (34-5)
#2 Urbandale (33-6)
#8 Waukee (29-11)
#10 Valley (28-15)
Cedar Rapids Washington (25-17)
Marshalltown (20-18)
North Scott (28-10)
Western Dubuque (33-9)

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CLASS 2A ROAD TO STATE.

Class 2A district and substate scores and pairings as teams work their way to the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines. 

2A STATE SEEDS AND PAIRINGS
MONDAY

11 — #1 Iowa City Regina (27-7) vs #8 Treynor (19-13)
1:30 — #4 Van Meter (29-8) vs #5 Alta-Aurelia (20-4) 
5 — #3 Estherville Lincoln Central (25-3) vs #6 Centerville (24-7)
7:30 — #2 Wilton (25-5) vs  #7 Denver (18-13)

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CLASS 1A ROAD TO STATE.

Class 1A district and substate scores and pairings as teams work their way to the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines. 

1A STATE SEEDS AND PAIRINGS
FRIDAY
11 — #1 Newman Catholic (37-1) vs #8 Tri-Center (21-2)
1:30 — #4 Martensdale-St.Marys (36-6) vs #5 Council Bluffs St.Albert (31-9)
SATURDAY
11 — #2 Lisbon (34-0) vs #7 Don Bosco (25-8)
1:30 — #3 North Linn (40-3) vs #6 Remsen St.Mary’s (27-3)

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CLASS 3A ROAD TO STATE.

Class 3A district and substate scores and pairings as teams work their way to the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines. 

CLASS 3A STATE QUALIFIERS
#1 Harlan (31-3) 
#3 Assumption (31-10) 
#4 Carlisle (33-7) 
#5 Solon (32-10) 
#6 Bishop Heelan Catholic (31-10) 
#7 Waverly-Shell Rock (33-7) 
Bondurant-Farrar (17-15) 
Boone (24-8) 

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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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FINAL STATE RANKINGS IN ALL CLASSES.

The final rankings for the season by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association are in. The final leaders in each class: Johnston (4A), Harlan (3A), Cascade (2A) and Newman Catholic (1A). Read more for the Top 10, and others considered, in each class — all season long. 

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OUR 10 FAVORITE STATE TOURNAMENT GAMES AT PRINCIPAL PARK.

We tried to do the impossible. Start with 390 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 14 years of great tournament baseball. Enjoy. [Note: Includes 2018 state tournament.]

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. PROFESSIONAL RESULTS..

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FOUR-RUN INNING PROPELS KNOXVILLE 5-3.

Top-seeded Knoxville used a four-run fourth inning to erase a two-run deficit and end Independence’s upset bid, outlasting the eighth-seeded Mustangs, 5-3, in the first class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park. Read More

CHARLES CITY TOPS STORM LAKE, 4-3, IN 10 INNINGS.

Charles City put up three runs in the top of the 10th and held their lead into the bottom of the frame as the Comets cemented their place in the semifinals with a 4-3 win over Storm Lake in the second class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park. Read More

15 HITS POWER GLENWOOD PAST ALGONA, 11-2.

The eighth-ranked Glenwood Rams powered past the Algona Bulldogs 11-2 Tuesday night in the final Class 3A first-round game at Principal Park. The Rams collected 15 hits behind the terrific starting pitching of Taylor Kaufman, who struck out 10 batters in six innings in the effort. Read More

LECHTENBERG LEADS CENTRAL PAST CARLISLE, 7-3.

The Central Clinton Sabers scored five runs on only two hits in the top of the fourth inning to break the game open and upset the Carlisle Wildcats, 7-3. Wildcats’ starting pitcher Ryan Lechtenberg hurled a complete game and was virtually in control the whole game for the Sabers. It was the third of four Class 3A state quarterfinal games at Principal Park on Tuesday. Five consecutive men reached base for the Sabers, all of whom came across to score in the inning. Read More

TWO SEVEN-RUN INNINGS POWER COLUMBUS PAST ST. EDMOND, 16-6.

Waterloo Columbus sent 11 men to the plate on two occasions in a pair of seven-run innings to surge past Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 16-6, in six innings in a Class 2A first-round game Monday afternoon at Principal Park. The Sailors were in a 5-0 hole after two innings, but rallied to put up a seven-spot in the third inning and never looked back. Read More

SHULISTA TOSSES GEM, LEADS SOLON PAST I-35, 4-0.

Solon starting pitcher Brandon Shulista hurled a complete-game shutout en route to a 4-0 win over Interstate 35 in a Class 2A first-round game Monday afternoon at Principal Park. Shulista gave up only two hits, no walks, hit a batter and struck out nine batters. Read More

PRESTON UPSETS #3 DON BOSCO, 5-2.

Preston sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open the game and defeat third-ranked Don Bosco 5-2 in a Class 1A first-round state tournament game Saturday night at Principal Park. The Trojans scored three runs in the inning and were aided by four walks and a run-scoring balk. Read More

MARTENSDALE-ST. MARYS RIDES 12-RUN FIRST TO VICTORY, 16-0.

Top-ranked Martensdale-St. Marys rode a 12-run first inning to defeat the Ar-We-Va Rockets, 16-0 in five innings Saturday night to close out the Class 1A first round at Principal Park. The Blue Devils sent 16 men to the plate in the first inning and went on to push their season record to a perfect 41-0. Read More

ST. MARY’S HOLDS OFF SE WARREN, 7-5.

Remsen St. Mary’s held off a pair of rallies by Southeast Warren and won 7-5 Saturday afternoon in the completion of the first Class 1A quarterfinal at Principal Park. The game was completed after being suspended Friday night due to weather. Read More

WELCOME TO THE NEW IOWA-BASEBALL.COM.

Welcome to the “new” official site of the Iowa high school state baseball tournament. As the Iowa Cubs and Principal Park prepare to host the state tournament for the fourth summer, we decided to give the site a facelift and add some new features. Most of those new features – like video highlights and live play-by-play scoring – will be noticed most during the week of the state tournament. During the regular season, we post the weekly state rankings here. And we’ll have the scores from every district and substate game leading to the state tournament. We hope you like the new look. And a special thanks to our good friends at Spindustry Systems for the redesign. We’ve been partners with Spindustry for nine seasons now, and they’re the best in the business.

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WE'RE READY FOR BASEBALL.

The Iowa Cubs and Principal Park are excited to be the hosts for the state tournament through – at least – the 2013 season. But we’re a bit more excited this season. It was a cold and wet April and May at Principal Park. And like many teams across the state, we experienced some flooding. The Iowa Cubs even played a game before zero fans. We look forward to hosting fans from all across Iowa at the state tournament. We hope your favorite team makes it here.

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