Iowa High School Baseball State Tournament Ends With Attendance Up, Titles Awarded

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You want positive news to get your Wednesday rolling? Here you go. The Iowa high school baseball season — yes, Iowa high school baseball is played in the summer — ended over the weekend with fans in the stands and state title trophies were handed out. That’s right, the season ended on the field at Principal Park in Des Moines where it’s being reported over 29,000 fans attended championship weekend last week.

So how did Iowa pull off this tournament during a pandemic? Ticket sales to games at Principal park were capped at about 1,800, according to the IHSAA.  Fans were asked to leave after each game so the park could be cleaned during a three-hour break between games. There weren’t direct orders to social distance away from other fans, but Iowa baseball fans appear to be adults and from what can be seen in videos from the games, fans acted like adults.

Were there issues this summer with the virus? Yes, but the season rolled on with teams that were comfortable continuing, even after positive tests.

On the softball side, more than 17,000 fans showed up for the state tournament held in Fort Dodge. According to the Iowa Capital Dispatch, at one point during the softball tournament, “the Iowa High School Athletic Association counted 300 more spectators than a year ago.”

I never thought the sound of an aluminum bat and fans going nuts over a final out during a high school state championship game would sound so good. After a week or so of silent MLB games, this is a beautiful sound. Sound up!

Over 29,000 fans attended high school baseball state tournament in Iowa last week. Amid pandemic, the 32-team tourney saw the largest turnout since 2014. 👀 (📸 iahsbb / hassel_chris / cbssports / TW)

Posted by MaxPreps on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.

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