State baseball tournament wraps up in Des Moines

DES MOINES — All four classes held their state baseball championships on Saturday, marking the end of the 2019 baseball season, summer sports season and 2018-19 sports year.

The crowds at Principal Park didn’t get any nail-biters in the four championship games. All four games were blowouts.

The top seed in Class 1A was Newman Catholic, and they ended their state tournament in dominant fashion with an 11-1 win in six innings against second-seeded Alburnett

Newman Catholic, of course, was Pekin’s quarterfinal opponent in the Class 1A bracket. After escaping the Panthers 8-7, Newman Catholic outscored its next two opponents 21-1, dropping Don Bosco 10-0 in a five-inning semifinal game before finishing the job against Alburnett on Saturday.

Newman Catholic outfielder Kyle Armour led the team to victory, going 3-4 with two RBIs. Doug Taylor picked up the win after giving up just one earnred run on four hits through 5.1 innings.

No. 2 Van Meter pulled off a minor upset against No. 1 North Linn in the Class 2A chmpionship. Van Meter won 6-0 to bring home the crown.

Van Meter wasn’t pushed much on their way to a state title. In their three games in Des Moines, they outscored opponents 26-6. Starting pitcher Anthony Potthoff pitched a seven-hit shutout in the championship game.

Cedar Rapids Xavier took the Class 3A crown, downing No. 3 Central DeWitt 4-1. The Saints outscored opponents 19-4 over their three games, with their only close contest coming in the semifinals where they beat Marion 4-1.

Xavier scored three runs in the first inning of the championship game and never looked back. Center fielder Nate Skala went 3-3 with two RBIs and starting pitcher Bryston Bastian struck out 12 batters in a complete-game win.

In Class 4A, a red-hot Urbandale squad, which was seeded sixth, upset No. 1 Johnston 8-2 in the championship game.

Entering the 4A title game, Johnston hadn’t given up a run in the state tournament, outscoring its first two opponents 13-0. Urbandale put up seven of their eight runs in the first three frames.

Urbandale DH Cal Watson went 3-3 with an RBI in the win. Lucas Strain picked up the win on the mound after giving up two earned runs on seven hits over five innings.