State baseball finds new homes

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Jun. 10—BOONE — For the first time since 2004, the Iowa High School Athletic Association's (IAHSAA) summer baseball championships will be played at two separate sites.

After a long search, Carroll's Merchants Park will host the Class 1A and 2A state tournaments on July 26-29 while University of Iowa's Duane Banks Field will host the Class 3A and 4A state tournaments in Iowa City on July 28-31.

"The last 15 months have been filled with changes and constantly-evolving plans, and this tournament is no exception," IHSAA executive director Tom Keating said in a release. "We're excited to have two high-quality hosts in Carroll and the University of Iowa where our student-athletes can make memories and compete for state championships."

Principal Park in Des Moines has served as the state tournament host since 2005 but conflicting dates with the new Minor League Baseball schedules for this season caused the change. IHSAA has not yet determined sites or details for baseball's future state tournaments.

Carroll first hosted the IHSAA's Class A State Baseball Tournament in 1970, and again in 1973. The summer event returned in 1995 as the tournament transitioned to an eight-team format, with two of the four classes playing at Carroll Baseball Stadium. The stadium has over 1,200 permanent seats and was renovated in 2011 and renamed Merchants Park, which was its title prior to 1965.

The large-school classes will travel to the eastern side of the state as the tournament arrives in Iowa City for the first time. Duane Banks Field, the on-campus home of the Iowa Hawkeyes, seats 2,300 spectators at 100 percent capacity and was most recently renovated in 2015.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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