Iowa High School State Baseball TournementIowa High School State Baseball Tournement

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


This year’s state baseball tournament is the 72nd straight summer tournament and 90th diamond event sponsored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. The sport was initiated in 1928 in the spring and ran through 1972. The IHSAA also sponsored a fall state championship from 1939 through 1985, primarily for those schools that did not have football.

In 1946, the IHSAA started a state summer championship at the request of a large majority of school administrators who felt the weather was better for playing and that it eliminated conflicts for those students competing in tennis, golf, and track and field. The move has proven to be popular. Today, Iowa, the 30th most populated state, has nearly 11,000 students playing baseball, ranking it 17th nationally with the top 16 being larger populated states.

This is the 13th year for the tournament to be played at Principal Park in Des Moines. A total of nearly 380,000 fans have attended the previous 12 state meets. The move to Des Moines in 2005 was the first time the city had hosted the summer championships since 1956.

The summer championships have crowned 187 state champions led by 126 coaches. A total of 540 coaches from 303 schools have guided teams to the summer playoffs. Sixty-three of those schools are no longer open, but their state baseball tournament connection has been preserved in mergers, consolidations or sharing programs. Relatively speaking, more than 86 percent of the 346 teams that played this summer has a state summer baseball tournament connection.

Going into this summer’s tournament season here is a small sampling of other summer diamond gems:

Most State Tournament Wins
32 — Kee (32-10)
31 — Assumption (31-5)
Most Championships
9 — Kee and Assumption
8 — Norway
Schools with Most Appearances
20 — Newman Catholic
19 — Kee
17 — Beckman Catholic and Dowling Catholic
16 — Harlan, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, and Bishop Heelan Catholic
Coaches with Most Appearances
19 — Gene Schultz, Kee
16 — Tom Jenk, Jr., Beckman Catholic
Coaches with Most Championships
9 — Gene Schultz, Kee
7 — Jim Van Scoyoc, Norway
Most Appearances by an Umpire
40 — Gary Paulsen, Ogden
34 — Terry Curtis, Williamsburg, and Pete Hansen, Storm Lake
Total Games
Extra-Inning Games
Longest Championship Game, Time
12 innings
Clinton St. Mary’s 2, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 1
3:40, 1963
Longest Championship Game, Innings
13 innings
Kee 4, Bancroft St. John’s 3
3:27, 1980
Undefeated State Champions
10 — Three by Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson; two by Martensdale-St. Marys
Most Consecutive State Championships
4 — Norway (1981-84); Kee (1989-92); WDM Valley (2003-06)
Most Hits by an Individual in Championship Game
4 — 13 players
Most Team Hits in Championship Game
19 — Ankeny, 2012
Most Individual RBIs in Championship Game
7 — Ron Foster, Dowling Catholic, 1988
Most Home Runs by an Individual in Championship Game
2 — 5 players
Most Team Home Runs in Championship
5 — Dowling Catholic, 2001
Most Runs by a Team, One Inning of a Championship
14 — Newman Catholic, 2002
Most Runs by Two Teams in Championship
24 — Exira 13, Corwith 11, 1951
No-Hitters in Championship Game
Jack Mustapha, Boone, 1965
Greg Brecht, Norway, 1983
Jason Flach, Assumption, 1992
JD Nielsen, Martensdale-St. Marys, 2012
Joey Verstegen, Newman Catholic (five innings), 2015
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher in Championship
15 — 6 players
Most Championship Pitching Wins
4 — Kip Peters, Kee, 1989-92
Teams Winning a Championship in First Year of Qualifying

Click here for additional records, scores of all summer state tournament games and a summary of each title game. Go to the 2017 Baseball Stat Book and Summer State Tournament Records link.

Thanks to Bud Legg and the IHSAA for providing this information.

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