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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Davis County second baseman Coleton Mathews hit a fly ball to right field that PCM right fielder Kody Wilkie couldn’t corral into his glove as Davis County walked off with a 2-1 win in the Monday nightcap at Principal Park.
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.
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.
Carroll Kuemper Catholic starting pitcher Chris Halbur went the distance on the mound, throwing a complete game, five-hit shutout as the Knights blanked Cherokee 3-0 in the third class 2A quarterfinal Monday night at Principal Park.
Starting pitcher Drew Verstegen pitched a complete game for Mason City Newman Catholic and also provided three RBIs at the dish to lead the Knights to victory over Nishnabotna, 9-1, Saturday afternoon in a Class 1A first-round game at Principal Park.
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.
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.
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.
The six-seeded West Sioux Falcons scored five runs in the first two innings and went on to defeat the 3rd-seeded New Hampton Chickisaws 7-2 in a Class 2A quarterfinal Monday at Principal Park.