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  • Cole Liniak

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

A QUICK LOOK BACK AT 2017 STATE TOURNAMENT

Traditional powers stole the spotlight at the 2017 Iowa high school state baseball tournament. The four new state champs have a combined total of 69 tournament appearances and 26 titles.

In Class 1A, Newman Catholic made its all-time state record 21st tournament appearance, and their 10th straight, also an all-time state record. The Knights made it to the semifinals for the 10th straight time, another all-time state record, and left with their sixth state championship. Newman is now 30-15 at state — tied for third for the most wins.

In Class 2A, Beckman Catholic made its 18th tournament appearance — tied for third best. The Trailblazers won their sixth state championship and are now 30-12 at state — tied for third for the most wins.

In Class 3A, Assumption made its 15th tournament appearance and the Knights won their 10th state title — an all-time state record. Assumption is now 34-5 at state — posting the most victories ever.

In Class 4A, Johnston made its 15th tournament appearance and won its fourth state title. The Dragons’ 2008 championship team went 40-0 — one of only 11 undefeated state champs in history. Johnston is the only team to have won titles in 1A and 4A and is now 19-11 at state.

There was plenty of tradition in the rest of the 32-team field as well.

Class 1A runner-up Martensdale-St. Marys made its 14th tournament appearance. The Blue Devils have won four straight titles, including two undefeated teams (2010-11) during a string of three straight titles (2010-11-12).

Class 2A runner-up Kuemper Catholic made its ninth tournament appearance. The Knights were seeking their first state title, and made it to the title game as a seventh seed.

Class 3A runner-up Harlan made its 17th tournament appearance, and seventh straight. The Cyclones have won three state championships and have 21 tournament victories.

Class 4A runner-up Dowling Catholic made its 18th state tournament appearance. The Maroons have won five championships and have 19 tournament victories.

Former state champs Lisbon, Remsen St. Mary’s, Centerville, Van Meter, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Washington and Mason City were also 2017 state qualifiers.

Top seeds won all four titles — the first time that has happened since 2005, the first year the tournament was held at Principal Park.


Nine Catholic schools qualified for the state tournament. All made the semifinals and three won titles. Catholic schools were 13-2 against public schools at state.

Five home runs were hit, bringing the total to 48 in 13 years at Principal Park.

The tournament started with temperatures near 100 the first two days and endured six hours of rain delays on Wednesday. It set a record for latest finish — 12:43 a.m. (on Thursday). And tied a record for earliest start — 9 a.m. (about eight hours later), the first of five games in 12 hours that day.

Attendance totaled 25,709 — the smallest ever at Principal Park.

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

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

MOST STATE TOURNAMENT VICTORIES
34 — Assumption (34-5)
32 — Kee (32-10)
30 — Beckman Catholic (30-12)
30 — Newman Catholic (30-15)
21 — Harlan (21-14)
20 — Valley (20-7)
20 — Spalding Catholic (20-8)
19 — Dowling Catholic (19-14)
19 — Norway (19-7)
19 — Johnston (19-11)

TOURNAMENT SEEDS = STATE CHAMPS
#1 seed = 29 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
2005-2017 At Principal Park

2017 CHAMPIONS / SEEDS
4A — #1 — Johnston
3A — #1 — Assumption
2A — #1 — Beckman Catholic
1A — #1 — Newman Catholic

8 SEEDS OVER 1 SEEDS
2006 — Gehlen Catholic 3, Newman Catholic 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
2017 — 25,709
Total — 397,020

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 2017
3561 — 3A-4A championships
3392 — 4A semifinals
2838 — 1A-2A championships

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