High school baseball is back today and it’s being played in Iowa where Colfax-Mingo and Tri-County are celebrating opening day in Des Moines at Principal Park, home to the dormant Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced back in May that the high school baseball and softball seasons could resume June 15 “and fans will be permitted at games.”
And we’re not just talking about two high schools playing in Des Moines on the Triple-A Cubs’ field. We’re talking 250 of 331 Iowa high schools are expected to play baseball today. “With no rain in the forecast, that means an overwhelming majority of Iowa’s 6,000 high school baseball players and 6,000 high school softball players will don uniforms and spikes.”
Keep in mind playing baseball during the summer isn’t new to Iowa where this is typical. Iowa is known as the state where high school baseball is played during the summer. The state has been playing summer baseball since 1946 with the state tournament starting in late July and an August 1 championship game this year.
Meanwhile, MLB and the MLBPA continue to battle it out over money, power, etc. If you’re in Des Moines and need some summer baseball action, the high school kids have you covered at Principal Park. Here’s the schedule that includes multiple doubleheaders.