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The state tournament is scheduled for Principal Park through the 2020 season. Future tentative dates are:
2015 — July 24-25, 27-August 1

The 2014 state baseball tournament was one of thrills and spills. Thrills? There were nine one-run games and one extra-innings game. There were four walk-off wins, including a six-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. There was a no-hitter. And a home run — the first in two years. Spills? For only the second time since the tournament moved to Principal Park in 2005, an eight seed beat a one seed. There was a rematch — or three-match, if you will — in the Class 2A title game, where the two-time defending champs went down. The two other defending champs who qualified didn’t repeat either. Read more for the final wrap-up.

Second-seeded Twin Cedars defeated top-seeded and defending state champion Mason City Newman Catholic 8-2 in the Class 1A finals Saturday afternoon at Principal Park, finishing the season with a perfect 36-0 record.

Ottumwa Courier: Sabers complete perfect season
Mason City Globe-Gazette: Newman falls short in title game

Fifth-seeded Davenport Assumption won the Class 3A state championship in walk-off fashion, defeating sixth-seeded Dallas Center-Grimes 1-0 Saturday evening at Principal Park.

Quad-City Times: Ninth title for Assumption
Des Moines Register: Dallas Center-Grimes falls in title game

A pitcher’s duel was front and center of the Class 4A state championship game, as two runs in the top of the first inning were all the sixth-seeded Southeast Polk Rams needed to defeat the fifth-seeded Iowa City West Trojans, 2-0, to claim the title.

Iowa City Press-Citizen: No more magic for Iowa City West
Des Moines Register: Southeast Polk wins first title

North Polk ended Beckman Catholic’s two-year reign as state champion as the Comets defeated the Trailblazers 2-0 in the Class 2A state championship game Saturday afternoon at Principal Park, earning their school’s first state baseball championship. The two teams had met for the 2A title in 2012 and 2013, with Beckman winning by scores of 3-1 and 2-1.

Des Moines Register: North Polk claims state title

Southeast Polk has made the state tournament just three times, but the Rams are the 2014 state champions. Sixth-seeded Southeast Polk defeated fourth-seeded Iowa City West for the title. Read more for a look at the 4A field.

CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT
Wednesday
Quarterfinals
Johnston 8, Waukee 3
Iowa City West 4, Dowling Catholic 2
Dubuque Hempstead 4, West Des Moines Valley 2
Southeast Polk 1, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0
Friday
Semifinals
Iowa City West 7, Johnston 6
Southeast Polk 5, Dubuque Hempstead 2
Saturday
Championship
Southeast Polk 2, Iowa City West 0

TOP SEEDS: 1. Waukee; 2. Hempstead; 3. Kennedy; 4. IC West
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Hempstead; 2. Waukee; 3, Kennedy; 6. Dowling; 8. SE Polk.

Class 4A state tournament brackets

Final Class 4A stat leaders
Final overall stat leaders
Stories, box scores and play-by-play reports for all games

Newman Catholic and Twin Cedars met in the semifinals last year, with Newman winning en route to the 1A state title. This year, they met for the championship. Twin Cedars won 8-2 and claimed the 2014 state championship. Read more for a look at the Class 1A field.

CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday
Quarterfinals
Newman Catholic 7, BGM 1
Don Bosco 2, Martensdale-St. Marys 1
Saturday
Quarterfinals
Twin Cedars 7, Underwood 0
Gehlen Catholic 3, Lone Tree 0
Thursday, July 31
Semifinals
Newman Catholic 5, Don Bosco 4
Twin Cedars 11, Gehlen Catholic 0 (five innings)
Saturday, August 2
Championship
Twin Cedars 8, Newman Catholic 2

TOP SEEDS: 1. Newman; 2. Twin Cedars; 3. Gehlen; 4. Don Bosco.
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Twin Cedars; 2. Newman; 5. Gehlen; 6. Don Bosco; 7. BGM; 8. MSTM.

Class 1A state tournament brackets

Final Class 1A stat leaders
Final overall stat leaders
Stories, box scores and play-by-play reports for all games

Round 3: Beckman Catholic vs. North Polk. The two teams met for the Class 2A state championship for the third straight year. Beckman won both previous title meetings — 3-1 in 2012 and 2-1 in 2013 — but North Polk turned the tables and claimed the 2014 title. Read more for a look at the 2A field.

CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT
Monday
Quarterfinals
North Polk 7, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 1
Roland-Story 4, South Winneshiek 1
Beckman Catholic 6, Hinton 3
Van Meter 2, Iowa City Regina 1
Thursday, July 31
Semifinals
North Polk 6, Roland-Story 2
Beckman Catholic 8, Van Meter 5
Saturday, August 2
Championship
North Polk 2, Beckman Catholic 0

TOP SEEDS: 1. North Polk; 2. Beckman; 3. Van Meter; 4. South Winn
RANKED TEAMS: 1. North Polk; 2. Van Meter; 3. Beckman; 5. Roland-Story; 8. South Winn

Class 2A state tournament brackets

Final Class 2A stat leaders
Final overall stat leaders

Stories, box scores and play-by-play reports for all games

Very few predicted this match-up in the Class 3A title game: Fifth-seeded Davenport Assumption vs. sixth-seeded Dallas Center-Grimes. And Assumption won 1-0 on a walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Read more for a look at the 3A tournament field.

CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
Tuesday
Quarterfinals
Waverly-Shell Rock 3, Solon 1
Assumption 8, Harlan 7
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2, Algona 1
Dallas Center-Grimes 3, Fairfield 0 (nine innings)
Friday
Semifinals
Assumption 8, Waverly-Shell Rock 5
Dallas Center-Grimes 2, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1
Saturday
Championship
Assumption 1, Dallas Center-Grimes 0

TOP SEEDS: 1. W-SR; 2. SB-L; 3. Fairfield; 4. Harlan
RANKED TEAMS: 1. W-SR; 5. Fairfield; 6. Harlan; 9. Algona

Class 3A state tournament brackets

Final Class 3A stat leaders
Final overall stat leaders

Stories, box scores and play-by-play reports for all games

For the ninth straight year, fans can keep foul balls hit into the stands during state tournament games. Iowa Network Services 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 went home with fans.

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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2014 STATE CHAMPS
Twin Cedars, North Polk, Assumption and Southeast Polk won state championships in 2014. IHSAA photos

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