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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second-seeded Urbandale defeated eighth-seeded Cedar Rapids Washington 3-0 behind the incredible pitching effort of Luke Llewellyn to win the Class 4A state championship Saturday night at Principal Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.