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  • Jim Thorpe

The Iowa high school state baseball tournament will be held at Principal Park through the 2020 season. Tentative dates:
2017 — July 21-29
2018 — July 20-28
2019 — July 26-August 3
2020 — July 24-August 1

A QUICK LOOK BACK AT THE 2016 STATE TOURNAMENT

The Iowa high school state baseball tournament has been held at Principal Park the past 12 years.

This might have been the best.

Great games. Great team efforts. Great individual performances.

Half of the games were decided by 2 runs or fewer. There were nine one-run games — five in Class 4A — and one extra-inning game. There were four walk-off winners. And — BOOM! — the first walk-off three-run homer in tournament history.

There were four home runs total — the most in the tournament since 2010. And 21 triples. Two pitchers tossed two-hitters. And another struck out 24 for the tournament.

And for only the third time at Principal Park, a #8 seed beat a #1 seed.

Two #1 seeds won titles, as did two #4 seeds.

Remsen St. Mary’s won its fourth state title — winning in 1A to add to 2A championships won in 1983-84-85. The Hawks upset the defending champs in the semifinals with a fourth-run seventh inning and then defeated a War Eagle Conference rival for the state title.

Clear Lake won its second straight Class 2A title — and its third state championship in the last four years. The Lions outscored their three opponents 28-13.

Harlan won its third 3A title. The Cyclones also won in 1996 and 2003. The Cyclones outscored their three foes 27-15.

Cedar Rapids Prairie — making only its second state tournament appearance — won its first state title. The Hawks posted one-run victories in the first two games en route to the 4A title.

Newman Catholic made its ninth straight and 20th overall summer state tournament appearance — both all-time records. The Knights reached the 1A semifinals for a record ninth straight time.

Iowa City West reached the 4A finals for the third straight time.

TOURNAMENT SEEDS = STATE CHAMPS
#1 seed = 25 titles
#2 seed = 6 titles
#3 seed = 4 titles
#4 seed = 6 titles
#5 seed = 4 titles
#6 seed = 3 titles
#7 seed = 0 titles
#8 seed = 0 titles
2005-2016 At Principal Park

2016 CHAMPIONS / SEEDS
4A — #1 — Prairie
3A — #4 — Harlan
2A — #1 — Clear Lake
1A — #4 — Remsen St. Mary’s

8 SEEDS OVER 1 SEEDS
2006 — LeMars Gehlen 3, Mason City Newman 2
2014 — Johnston 8, Waukee 3
2016 — Solon 12, Wahlert Catholic 2 (six innings)

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


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 2016

3558 — 4A semifinals
3203 — 3A-4A championships
2969 — 1A-2A championships
2808 — 4A quarterfinals (night)
2778 — 4A quarterfinals (day)
2501 — 3A quarterfinals (night)
2435 — 2A quarterfinals (night)



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