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MODERN WOODMEN PARK WILL HOST FATHER’S DAY COOKOUT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:36
Families can enjoy a buffet in the Budweiser Champions Club and post-game catch on the field June 15
DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 4, 2014) – Families in the Quad Cities will have a unique way to celebrate Father's Day at Modern Woodmen Park on June 15, when the Quad Cities River Bandits host their third annual Father's Day Cookout in the Budweiser Champions Club and a post-game catch in the outfield for the 1:15 p.m. Family Sunday game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
The all-you-can-eat buffet in the Budweiser Champions Club will take place from 12:15-2:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. The fun-filled day at Modern Woodmen Park will also feature the River Bandits' first-ever Budweiser Mega Mini Fridge Giveaway, with nine being given away – one for each inning – as well as other giveaways and enter-to-win prizes for dad to take home. Individuals and families can now purchase ticket packages that include a game ticket and the cookout.
“This fun and affordable package offers families in the Quad Cities a special day to celebrate fathers and give Dad a memorable afternoon featuring a cookout and baseball game,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “This event combines so much of what people in the Quad Cities can enjoy at Modern Woodmen Park – a gorgeous venue, great hospitality, terrific food, and affordable family-friendly entertainment  (along with 9 chances to win a great prize) as we help make Dad feel like a king this Father’s Day.”
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, June 11, for the package, which includes the cookout and admission to the River Bandits’ 1:15 p.m. game. Tickets are $20 for each adult and $10 for each child age 10 and younger. The cookout menu features all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, cookies, lemonade and water, as well as a cash bar. Participants are welcome to enjoy the game from their seats or from the Budweiser Champions Club – a climate-controlled environment with large glass windows that offer spectacular views of the ballpark, downtown Davenport, the Centennial Bridge and the Mississippi River.
“The Father's Day Cookout is another fantastic part of the year-round special events lineup at Modern Woodmen Park,” said General Manager Andrew Chesser. “The River Bandits are delighted to welcome families in the Quad Cities region to another memorable Father’s Day celebration for the whole community.”
As part of another Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100, fans can receive player autographs on the field from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Fans can also bring their dogs for Bark in the Park. Following the game, all kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game, and there will be the special Father's Day catch in the outfield.
UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
HOLBERTON, GUSTAVE WIN ASTROS’ MAY HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:21
First career monthly honors awarded to catcher who hit .388, pitcher who won four straight outings
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (June 4, 2014) – Catcher Brian Holberton is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for May, and right-handed pitcher Jandel Gustave is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Tuesday.
The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their four in-season minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. Former River Bandits infielder Carlos Correa and left-handed pitcher Josh Hader took home the honors at Class-A Advanced Lancaster.
Holberton, Houston’s ninth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, hit .388 with nine doubles, three home runs, 15 RBIs, a .425 on-base percentage, .638 slugging percentage and 1.063 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) in 21 May games. The 21-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native hit for the cycle in a 5-for-5, five-RBI performance at Kane County May 18, becoming the first Quad Cities player to do so since 2005. Holberton ranks second in the Midwest League with a .344 batting average (min. 100 plate appearances). For the season, Holberton has smacked 12 doubles and four home runs while driving in 22 runs. He has posted a .391 OBP, .557 SLG and .948 OPS.
Gustave, 21, went 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA in five May outings, allowing seven earned runs in 23 innings with 20 strikeouts. He won four straight outings May 12-28. A product of the Astros Dominican Academy who signed with the Astros in May 2010, the Santo Domingo native has registered a 5-2 record and 3.70 ERA while fanning 40 against 12 walks in his first year with a full-season club. Gustave began the season ranked as the Astros' No. 27 prospect according to Baseball America.
The River Bandits finished 18-13 in May to improve to 29-26 on the season. Each of the Houston Astros full-season minor league affiliates posted a winning record through the season's first two months.
UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. Tickets are available at riverbandits.com. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
Attend a Manic Drive concert, I-Cubs baseball game to save a life and Strike Out Malaria PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Dawson   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:47

This Saturday, June 7, Iowans can help Strike Out Malaria while enjoying an I-Cubs baseball game and a special concert from Manic Drive – whose current single ‘Save a Life’ can be heard in the popular movie “God’s Not Dead.”

All ages are encouraged to attend the concert and game at Principal Park in Des Moines. Each ticket includes a lifesaving donation to Imagine No Malaria, an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church that puts faith into action to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa. Efforts have already cut the death rate in half.

“We have never done anything like this before,” said Pastor Phil Rogers, youth minister and creator of the statewide Strike Out Malaria event. “This event brings Christian youth together for music, inspiration, fun and to save lives. They see that they have a voice and can make a difference.”

In addition to the game and concert, there will be an all-night event for youth and their adult sponsors. Churches and youth organizations are encouraged to learn more and register at http://www.inmiowa.org/strikeout.

Admission for the youth lock-in is $40 and will include a lifesaving $10 donation to Imagine No Malaria, a ticket to the I-Cubs game, concert by Manic Drive, dinner and breakfast, a Strike Out Malaria t-shirt, overnight activities in the stadium (including worship with United Methodist Bishop Trimble) and a youth march to annual conference on Sunday morning.

For youth and adults who wish to only attend the game and concert, tickets are $25 and include a lifesaving donation to Imagine No Malaria, admission to the game and concert and a Strike Out Malaria t-shirt.

To register, go to http://www.inmiowa.org/strikeout.

 
BANDITS POWER TO WIN, THEN RATTLERS WALK OFF PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:15
Quad Cities completes Sunday's game with 7-4 win; loses seven-inning game, 4-3, despite three homers

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (June 2, 2014) – Quad Cities catcher Brett Booth hit a ninth-inning, go-ahead home run to help his team to a 7-4 win to complete a suspended game Monday afternoon, and the River Bandits hit three more home runs in the game that followed, but Wisconsin Timber Rattlers second baseman Francisco Castillo hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in his team's 4-3, seven-inning victory in front of 4,071 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Holding a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when play resumed from Sunday's suspended game, Quad Cities (30-27) added a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by third baseman Tyler White. Right-hander Adrian Houser (4-1) held the 4-2 lead until the bottom of the eighth, when he hit designated hitter Clint Coulter with a pitch and allowed a one-out double to first baseman Taylor Brennan. Castillo then grounded a single between first baseman Jon Kemmer and second baseman Chan-Jong Moon to score both runs and tie the game, 4-4.

In the ninth inning against right-hander Harvey Martin (2-4), Booth led off by driving a 1-1 pitch over the left-field fence for his first Midwest League home run and the third of the game that spanned two days. With one out, right fielder Ronnie Mitchell reached on an infield single and went to second base when left fielder Tanner Mathis singled to center field. But center fielder Johnny Davis' throw to the infield got away, allowing Mitchell to reach third base, and Brennan's throw toward third base was also wild, allowing Mitchell to score and Mathis to reach third base. Designated hitter Chase McDonald then celebrated his 22nd birthday by singling home Mathis for a 7-4 lead.

After Houser allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, right-hander Andrew Walter came in to strike out the next three batters for his fifth save. It gave Quad Cities a six-game winning streak to match its season high and move a season-best four games above .500.

In a seven-inning series finale, River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman struck out five of the first seven batters of the game, and he got support in the second inning from Mitchell's leadoff home run – his seventh in the last 13 games – off right-hander Preston Gainey.

Wisconsin (26-31) tied the game in the third inning. Left fielder Omar Garcia hit a leadoff double, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball by catcher Jake Rodriguez. It was the only run against Thurman, who allowed four hits and struck out four in four innings.

In the top of the fourth inning, White smashed a 3-1 pitch from Gainey over the left-field fence for a 2-1 Quad Cities lead. Gainey's next pitch struck Mitchell squarely in the back, and home plate umpire Mike Savakinas ejected Gainey, who had allowed five hits and no walks with two strikeouts in three-plus innings. Left-hander Trevor Seidenberger took over, and he pitched the final four innings, yielding a sixth-inning home run by White, who joined Thomas Lindauer as the only River Bandits with a two-homer game this season.

River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (2-3) began the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead but allowed three straight one-out singles and a gamke-tying, bases-loaded walk. Coulter grounded into a fielder's choice to give his team a 3-2 lead that lasted until White's game-tying home run. In a 3-3, seventh-inning tie, Lee allowed a one-out walk to Coulter and single by Brennan. With runners at first and third bases, Castillo flied to center fielder Brett Phillips, who spun and threw high to home, as Coulter scored for Quad Cities' fourth walk-off loss this season.

Following its final first-half off day Tuesday, Quad Cities opens a three-game series in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-2) is scheduled to start against Bees right-hander Victor Alcantara (2-3).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, followed by a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. Last season, the team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

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PV Trap Team succeeds at state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Cournoyer   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:46

Pleasant Valley Trap Team Succeeds at State Competitions

 

The Iowa High School and Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) State Trap Championships took place on May 30th – June 1st, at the Iowa State Trapshooting Association (ISTA) Homegrounds in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

In its first year of competition, the Pleasant Valley Trap Team sent 15 Student athletes from Pleasant Valley Junior High and Pleasant Valley High School who participated along with over 1400 others from across the state of Iowa.

Results are as follows:

  • Iowa High School State Trap Championship, May 30th – PV Squad 1 consisting of Kyle Berst, John Jones, Tommy Cassatt, Roland Bettis-Vicary, Sam Bailey placed 81st (out of 232 teams) with a score of 419. Brenden Robinson shot 25 straight for the first time this season. Megan Wirtjes and Seth Moffitt also stepped up and shot personal best scores.

  • SCTP Trap Championships – High School, June 1st: Squad 1 consisting of Brenden Robinson, John Jones, Roland Bettis-Vicary, Tommy Cassatt, Sam Bailey took 3rd Place in the State for the Junior Varsity division with a score of 450. Brenden Robinson shot 25 straight AGAIN! Megan Wirtjes tied for 7th for the JV girls with a score of 84/100. Tommy Cassatt tied for 19th with a score of 94/100. (Imagine being in 19th place and only missing 6 out of 100 birds! Tough competition...) Seth Moffitt stepped up again and got an 81.

  • SCTP Trap Championships – Intermediate/ Junior High, June 1st: The Pleasant Valley Junior High Intermediate-Advanced shooters consisting of Braxton Childers, Brent Alman, Ethan Hornbuckle, Max O’Brien, Arthur Braden stepped up and took 2nd Place  (in the state) with a score of 437 for the squad. Brent Alman was in 8th place with a score of 94. Ethan Hornbuckle took 11th place with a score of 92. Cameron Johns and Nate Pilger also participated and had personal best scores.

    In the season-long league competition for the state of Iowa, Brent Alman took 1st place,  Arthur Braden took 2nd place, Braxton Childers took 4th place after a shoot-off and Max O’Brien took 7th place after a shoot-off.

Coaches are head coach Mr. Shannon Martin and Assistant Coaches Marcia Auliff, Chris Cournoyer, Darin Oberhart, Brian Alman, Tom Corchado, Jeff Christner, Damien Dassie, Bryan Murphy, and Rodney Childers.

The Pleasant Valley Trap Shooting team formed in the Fall of 2013 when student Megan Wirtjes applied to the school to start the club after noticing that PV students that wanted to participate had to go to Davenport or North Scott to be on a team. The purpose is to give the students at Pleasant Valley another extra-curricular activity and represent their school in a positive manner.

Trap shooting is a fast growing sport that not only gives kids a fun time and another sport to compete in, it teaches the kids a lot about ethics and the great responsibility that comes with handling a firearm. It is an Olympic Sport and a life-long sport that can be shared across generations.

Pleasant Valley School Board member and Assistant Coach, Chris Cournoyer sees it as “another hook” to get kids involved in school activities and feel like they are part of the PV community. Cournoyer said, “In addition to learning gun safety and shooting skills, trap shooting involves focus, patience, teamwork, perseverance and a working knowledge of physics and math to hit a moving target. Its harder than it looks and I’m so proud of these kids and the coaches that put in the countless hours to achieve this level of success in the first year of competition. Our team has a very bright future.”

For more information about our team, visit www.pvtrapteam.org

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