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A SEASON TO REMEMBER ENDS WITH 4 STATE CHAMPS - large image

A SEASON TO REMEMBER ENDS WITH 4 STATE CHAMPS.

This is not your usual state tournament recap. But it wasn’t your usual season. Iowa was the only state in the nation to resume high school sports during the global pandemic. But for eight days, on the field at least, things seemed somewhat normal.

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JOHNSTON RALLIES FOR 4A TITLE.

Johnston clinched its fifth title in program history with an 11-8 win over Ankeny in the 4A state championship game Saturday night at Principal Park. The Dragons rallied from a 7-3 deficit, outscoring the Hawks 8-1 over the game’s final three innings.

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Don Bosco wins first state title since 1978.

For the first time since 1978, the Dons are state champs. Don Bosco took down Newman Catholic 3-2 in the Class 1A title game Saturday. The Dons denied the Knights’ quest for a four-peat with an offensive boom in the bottom of the sixth.

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Norwalk survives late rally to win program's third title.

Norwalk won its first state tournament in more than 10 years, taking down Gilbert 8-6 on Saturday for the Class 3A title. Gilbert made things interesting in the final inning when the Tigers scored five runs, but Norwalk hung on for its first championship since 2009.

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1A CHAMPIONS: DON BOSCO DONS.

CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday’s quarterfinals
Kingsley-Pierson 3, Martensdale-St.Marys 2 (eight innings)
Don Bosco 3, South Winneshiek 1
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Newman Catholic 6, Council Bluffs St.Albert 5
Remsen St.Mary’s 11, Burlington Notre Dame 1 (five innings)
Thursday’s semifinals
Don Bosco 9, Kingsley-Pierson 1
Newman Catholic 2, Remsen St.Mary’s 0 (nine innings)​
Saturday’s championship
Don Bosco 3, Newman Catholic 2

TOP SEEDS: 1. Martensdale-St.Marys; 2. Remsen St.Mary’s; 3. St.Albert; 4. South Winn
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Martensdale-St.Marys; 2. Remsen St.Mary’s; 3. St.Albert; 4. South Winn; 6. Newman; 7. Don Bosco; 8. Kingsley-Pierson


Class 1A state tournament brackets

Class 1A stat leaders

Overall stat leaders

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2A CHAMPIONS: VAN METER BULLDOGS.

CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT
Monday’s quarterfinals
Van Meter 1, Treynor 0 (eight innings)
West Lyon 13, Mid-Prairie 3 (six innings)
North Linn 2,  Durant 1
Des Moines Christian 2, Dike-New Hartford 1 (10 innings)
Thursday’s semifinals
Van Meter 3, West Lyon 1
Des Moines Christian 4, North Linn 2 (eight innings)
Saturday’s championship
Van Meter 6, Des Moines Christian 0

TOP SEEDS: 1. Van Meter; 2. North Linn; 3. Dike-New Hartford; 4. Mid-Prairie
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Van Meter; 2. North Linn; 3. Dike-New Hartford; 6. Mid-Prairie; 9. West Lyon


Class 2A state tournament brackets

Class 2A stat leaders

Overall stat leaders

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3A CHAMPIONS: NORWALK WARRIORS.

CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Norwalk 4,  Clear Creek Amana 3
Marion 3, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1
Dallas Center-Grimes 1, Benton 0
Gilbert 4, ADM 0
Friday’s semifinals
Gilbert 14, Dallas Center-Grimes 7
Norwalk 10, Marion 0 (six innings)
Saturday’s championship
Norwalk 8, Gilbert 6

TOP SEEDS: 1. Sergeant Bluff-Luton; 2. Dallas Center-Grimes; 3. Gilbert; 4. Norwalk.
RANKED TEAMS: 2. Sergeant Bluff-Luton; 4. Dallas Center-Grimes; 6. Gilbert.


Class 3A state tournament brackets

Class 3A stat leaders

Overall stat leaders

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4A CHAMPIONS: JOHNSTON DRAGONS.

CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Urbandale 2, Waukee 0
Johnston 11, Cedar Falls 7
Dubuque Hempstead 7, Iowa City High 6
Ankeny 5, Pleasant Valley 4
Friday’s semifinals
Ankeny 9, Dubuque Hempstead 8
Johnston 3, Urbandale 1
Saturday’s championship
Johnston 11, Ankeny 8

TOP SEEDS: 1. Johnston; 2. Ankeny; 3. Hempstead; 4. Urbandale
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Johnston; 2. Ankeny; 3. Urbandale; 4. Hempstead; 7. Waukee


Class 4A state tournament brackets

Class 4A stat leaders

Overall stat leaders

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VAN METER SURVIVES IN EIGHT INNINGS - large image

VAN METER SURVIVES IN EIGHT INNINGS.

Defense was the name of the game Monday, as top-ranked and top-seeded Van Meter took down eighth-seeded Treynor 1-0 in eight innings to advance to the 2A semifinals. The Bulldogs (21-2) and Cardinals (12-8) battled through a pitching duel for most of the game until an offensive break late. Van Meter pitchers totaled 17 strikeouts in a combined no-hitter. Treynor pitchers fanned six and allowed just two hits.

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North Linn walks off Durant.

Seven-seed Durant seemed to have the upset over two-seed North Linn, but the Lynx had other plans. North Linn rattled off a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 2-1 victory over Durant. The Lynx won on a walk-off RBI single by senior Parker Brechen, advancing to the 2A semifinals.

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WOW! NEWMAN WINS THRILLER 6-5.

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Down 5-2 after five innings, three-time defending state champion Newman Catholic rallied to take the lead and then held off late-inning threats by Council Bluffs St. Albert for a 6-5 win in a thrilling Class 1A first-round game Saturday at Principal Park.

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REMSEN ST.MARY’S ROLLS 11-1.

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Undefeated Remsen St. Mary’s coasted to an 11-1 win in five innings over Burlington Notre Dame in the final Class 1A quarterfinal game Saturday at Principal Park. The second-seeded Hawks join the 5, 6 and 8 seeds in Thursday’s semifinals. The first three 1A quarterfinal games were decided by a total of four runs.

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MARION UPSETS 1-SEED SBL.

Marion did what only six other teams have done in 16 years of the state tournament at Principal Park: beat a one-seed as an eight-seed. Marion punched its ticket to the 3A semifinals with a 3-1 win over Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Tuesday, pulling off the second eight-seed upset of the tournament.

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DON BOSCO TRIMS SOUTH WINN.

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Fifth-seeded Don Bosco broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to defeat fourth-seeded South Winneshiek 3-1 in a Class 1A first-round game at Principal Park. The teams’ pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts.

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KINGSLEY-PIERSON STUNS MSTM.

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Eighth-seeded Kingsley-Pierson rallied from a 2-0 deficit and stunned top-seeded and top-ranked Martensdale-St.Marys 3-2 in eight innings in the Class 1A opener of the 2020 state tournament on a hot, steamy, sweaty Friday afternoon at Principal Park.

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FREE WEBCASTS OF ALL GAMES.

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Video coverage of all 28 games of the 2020 Iowa high school state baseball tournament is available live on the internet. The web telecasts are complete with play-by-play-audio, full video coverage and instant replays of all the action. Click here for the webcasts.

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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, thanks to our good friends at the Iowa Soybean Association. 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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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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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. PROFESSIONAL RESULTS..

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