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

A QUICK LOOK BACK AT THE 2018 STATE TOURNAMENT

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

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.

Traditional powers Assumption and Newman Catholic led the way by winning state championships — both successfully defending titles they won a year ago and adding to their standing in the all-time record book.

Assumption won the 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.

Newman won the 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. In the championship game, Evan Paulus crushed a home run to right field — the ball bounced around and almost rolled into the Des Moines River.

Centerville won the 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.

Urbandale won the 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.

Cedar Rapids Washington became the fifth 8-seed to knock off a 1-seed in the first round, and the second 8-seed to make it to the championship game. The 8-seeds have lost 13-0 and 3-0 in title games.

The tournament enjoyed perhaps the best weather in its 14-year run at Principal Park. There were no rain delays, and play on the field ran smoothly — five games finished in under 90 minutes. Attendance totaled 27,533 to push the total at Principal Park to 424,553.


Class 1A stat leaders after final round

Class 2A stat leaders after final round

Class 3A stat leaders after final round

Class 4A stat leaders after final round

Overall final tournament stat leaders


MOST SUMMER STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
11 — Assumption
9 — Kee
8 — Norway
7 — Newman Catholic
6 — Beckman Catholic
6 — Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson
6 — Valley
5 — Dowling Catholic
5 — Marshalltown
5 — Spalding Catholic

MOST SUMMER STATE TOURNAMENT TRIPS
22 — Newman Catholic
19 — Kee
18 — Dowling Catholic
18 — Beckman Catholic
18 — Bishop Heelan Catholic
18 — Harlan
16 — Cedar Rapids Kennedy
16 — Assumption
16 — Johnston
15 — Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson
15 — Bancroft St. John’s

MOST STATE TOURNAMENT VICTORIES
37 — Assumption (37-5)
32 — Kee (32-10)
30 — Beckman Catholic (30-12)
33 — Newman Catholic (33-15)
23 — Harlan (23-15)
20 — Valley (20-7)
20 — Spalding Catholic (20-8)
19 — Dowling Catholic (19-14)
19 — Norway (19-7)
19 — Johnston (19-12)

TOURNAMENT SEEDS = STATE CHAMPS
#1 seed = 31 titles
#2 seed = 7 titles
#3 seed = 4 titles
#4 seed = 6 titles
#5 seed = 4 titles
#6 seed = 4 titles
#7 seed = 0 titles
#8 seed = 0 titles
2005-2018 At Principal Park

2018 CHAMPIONS / SEEDS / RECORD
4A — #2 — Urbandale (36-6)
3A — #1 — Assumption (34-10)
2A — #6 — Centerville (27-7)
1A — #1 — Newman Catholic (40-1)

8 SEEDS OVER 1 SEEDS AT STATE | PRINCIPAL PARK
2006 — Gehlen Catholic 3, Newman Catholic 2
2006 — Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7, Des Moines Lincoln 6
2014 — Johnston 8, Waukee 3
2016 — Solon 12, Wahlert Catholic 2 (six innings)
2018 — Cedar Rapids Washington 7, Johnston 5

ATTENDANCE TOTALS AT PRINCIPAL PARK
2005 — 33,699
2006 — 28,035
2007 — 26,177
2008 — 33,155
2009 — 33,601
2010 — 30,488
2011 — 31,614
2012 — 29,555
2013 — 35,095
2014 — 34,428
2015 — 26,311
2016 — 29,153
2017 — 25,709
2018 — 27,533
Total — 424,553


LARGEST SINGLE-SESSION CROWDS

5488
2005 3A-4A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sioux City Heelan 4, Cedar Rapids Xavier 3
WDM Valley 8, Ankeny 6

5279
2008 3A-4A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Centerville 1, Harlan 0
Johnston 6, Marshalltown 2

5119
2008 4A SEMIFINALS
Johnston 7, Ankeny 5
Marshalltown 10, Burlington 9

4398
2011 1A-2A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Davis County 2, Gilbert 0
Martensdale-St. Marys 8, Kee 3

4220
2011 3A-4A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Solon 6, Harlan 1
Dowling 6, Mason City 1

4217
2014 1A-2A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Twin Cedars 8, Newman Catholic 2
North Polk 2, Beckman Catholic 0


LARGEST SINGLE-SESSION CROWDS IN 2018
3183 — 3A-4A championships
2972 — 4A semifinals
2934 — 4A semifinals
2732 — 1A-2A championships

 

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