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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:10
Quad Cities steals six bases for first time since 2008; bullpen works 5 2/3 shutout innings

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 6, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits second baseman Austin “Catfish” Elkins hit a game-tying double and scored the go-ahead run on center fielder Brett Phillips two-run single in a five-run sixth inning that lifted the home team to a 7-3 victory and opening series split against the Kane County Cougars in front of 1,929 at Modern Woodmen Park Sunday afternoon.

Quad Cities (2-2) beat Kane County (2-2) to the scoreboard for the first time in the series. In the first inning, right fielder James Ramsay drew a leadoff walk and stole second base against right-hander Juan Paniagua. Shortstop Jack Mayfield drew a walk, and a wild pitch moved Ramsay and Mayfield to third and second base, respectively. Catcher Brian Holberton lined a two-out single to left-center field that scored both runners for a 2-0 lead. Paniagua kept Quad Cities off the scoreboard for the rest of his four-inning outing.

River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser struck out four batters three shutout innings before trouble in the top of the fourth. Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert hit a one-out single, and Houser walked first baseman Jacob Rogers and designated hitter Danny Canela to load the bases. Left fielder Trey Martin plated one run with a bloop single to center field. Houser forced in the tying run with his third walk of the inning to third baseman David Bote. Right-hander Patrick Christensen entered to strike out shortstop Carlos Penalver before walking center fielder Jake Hannemann to force in the go-ahead run.

Christensen recovered for 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and right-hander Gonzalo Sanudo (1-0) started the sixth inning as part of the Quad Cities tandem. Sanudo worked around lone singles in the sixth and seventh to post three scoreless innings and two strikeouts.

The Cougars held the 3-2 lead through right-hander James Pugliese's two shutout innings, but right-hander Scott Frazier (0-1) stumbled in the bottom of the seventh inning. River Bandits left fielder Tanner Mathis drew a one-out walk and stole second base, before Elkins ripped a double to right-center field that scored Mathis for the tying run. Frazier then hit Ramsay with a pitch and threw a wild pitch with Phillips at bat to move Elkins and Ramsay to third and second bases, respectively. Phillips then bounced a grounder past Rogers at first base for a two-run single and 5-3 lead. Mayfield walked to force Frazier from the game, and left-hander Nathan Dorris entered. With runners at first and second, first baseman Conrad Gregor tapped a ground ball toward Bote at third base, and Bote's off-balance throw skipped past Rogers to score Phillips and Mayfield, extending the lead to 7-3. All five runs – three earned – were charged to Frazier over one-third of an inning.

After Sanudo's perfect eighth inning, right-hander Zach Morton worked around a single for a scoreless ninth inning. He completed 5 2/3 innings scoreless innings by the bullpen, which did not allow an earned run in its final 15 2/3 innings of the series.

Ramsay stole three bases, Mathis stole two, and Phillips stole one to give the River Bandits six stolen bases in a game for the first time since the June 26, 2008 – also at home against Kane County. On that date, Charles Kingrey stole three bases, and Domnit Bolivar, Oliver Marmol, and Thomas Pham each stole one in a 6-4 victory. Quad Cities is perfect in 16 steal attempts through four games this season.

After taking Monday off, the River Bandits will play their first inter-divisional and road game at 6:05 p.m. Central on Tuesday in Lansing, Mich. River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee is scheduled to face Lugnuts right-hander Tom Robson at Cooley Law School Stadium.

UP NEXT: The second annual River Bandits Race to Home 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is Saturday at 8 a.m. Thursday is the last day to register using the link at All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program. To order any of the 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, is opening this spring, along with a carousel, 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. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just 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.


News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:06
RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 5, 2014) – Matt Duffy scored a 5-on-3 power play goal at 1:12 of overtime to give the Quad City Mallards a 3-2 win over the host Rapid City Rush Saturday night and even the best-of-seven opening round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs at one win apiece.

Duffy one timed the game winner from the left wing circle.  The Mallards entered sudden death up two men after the Rush’s Bob Preece and Kyle Stroh were called for back-to-back penalties in the final seconds of regulation.

The Mallards had battled from behind to tie game earlier in the third with a shorthanded goal from Gergo Nagy.  Nagy finished off a two-on-one rush with Vladimir Nikiforov- who assisted on all three Mallard goals- to knot the score at two at the 1:13 mark.

The Mallards found themselves trailing at the start of the third after Scott Brannon’s sharp angle backhander gave the Rush snapped a 1-1 deadlock at 2:41 of the second period.

It was the Mallards who had first moved in front while on the power play when Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel’s drive from the right point opened the scoring at 14:32 of the first period.  The Rush’s Jesse Schultz charged down the slot to tie the score at one with just 58 seconds left in the first.

The Mallards return home for game three next Wednesday 7:05 p.m., game four next Friday at 7:05 p.m and game five next Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  Should a sixth game be required, the series will shift back to Rapid City on Tuesday, April 15.  If the series goes to a seventh game, the Rush would host the deciding contest on Wednesday, April 16.

Tickets for Mallards home playoff games can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their seventeenth season their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:01
RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 4, 2014) – Scott Brannon score a goal and added three assists to pile up four points, Scott Wray scored twice and picked up an assist and Kyle Stroh provided a goal and two assists while Tim Boron made 26 saves as the host Rapid City Rush defeated the Quad City Mallards 5-1 in the opener of the best-of-seven first round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs Friday night.

Wray buried Brannon’s centering feed to open the scoring with first of five straight Rapid City goals at 5:02 of the first period.

Jesse Schultz doubled the Rapid City lead by scoring from the doorstep just one minute and 19 seconds into the second period.  The gap stretched to 3-0 when Brannon fired the puck home from the high slot at 8:48 of the second.

The Rush pulled away by scoring two more goals in the third period.  Stroh pounced on a rebound just 31 seconds into the third and Wray jammed in Brannon’s centering pass at 10:56.

The Mallards’ Jeff Lee crashed the net to spoil Boron’s shutout bid with just a minute and 19 seconds remaining in the contest, but by then the issue was no longer in doubt.

Adventureland Named Top Amusement Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:11

DES MOINES, IA – Adventureland Park has been named a Top 10 Amusement Park in the United States by American Mensa, the U.S. chapter of Mensa International. The Altoona park was named fourth in the study, topped only by Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.

“We’re proud to be recognized among international attractions,” says Molly Vincent, spokeswoman for Adventureland Park. “Locals and visitors can experience a nationally-recognized, one-of-a-kind attraction right here in Central Iowa. Adventureland continues to be a favorite hotspot since opening in the early 1970s.”

Adventureland Park was in the spotlight in 2011 when named to TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Water Parks in America and again in 2012 when included in the Top 15 List of Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks by Midwest Living.

“It’s no secret Adventureland is beloved by locals and visitors alike,” says Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission. “We’re thrilled to see the park again making headlines, as it’s well deserved. We will utilize this new ranking to further market Greater Des Moines to meeting, sports and event planners—as well as leisure travelers—to help bring more visitors into the region.”

Adventureland Park includes more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. The amusement park officially opens for the season April 26, with Adventure Bay water park opening May 24, 2014. A new ride, the Storm Chaser, is set to open in June.

For more information on American Mensa’s ranking, visit

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.   

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:07
Quad Cities rallies for walk-off win in Game 1, but fails to find clutch hit while dropping 10-inning Game 2

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 5, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits rallied for a dramatic 2-1, walk-off win in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, but the Kane County Cougars turned aside similar threats in Game 2 for a 5-4, 10-inning triumph that split the twin bill in front of 1,587 at Modern Woodmen Park.

In Game 1, the Cougars (2-1) rode a stellar outing by right-hander Tyler Skulina to within three outs of a win. Skulina gave up two hits and a walk to face two batters over the minimum in six shutout innings. Kane County put Skulina in line for a win by notching a fourth-inning run against River Bandits left-hander Kent Emanuel. Cougars first baseman Jacob Rogers lined a two-out RBI single to left-center field that scored second baseman Daniel Lockhart, who had reached when third baseman Tyler White dropped an infield popup.

With a 1-0 lead, Cougars right-hander Zack Godley (0-1) began the seventh inning. Quad Cities shortstop Jack Mayfield led off with a hit off the top of the left-field wall that placed him at second base after the umpires conferred to overturn an initial home run call. But catcher Ben Carhart allowed a passed ball, and Godley's one-out wild pitch brought in Mayfield for the tie. First baseman Chase McDonald drew a walk and yielded to pinch runner Chan-Jong Moon. Catcher Brian Holberton followed with walk, and right-hander Tyler Bremer came in to throw a wild pitch that moved the runners ahead. White grounded a single past Cougars third baseman David Bote for the game-winner. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-0) pitched three hitless innings to earn the win in Game 1.

In Game 2, Cougars center fielder Jake Hannemann smacked a leadoff home run against right-hander Michael Feliz, who also allowed a leadoff home run in the second inning to Cougars designated hitter Danny Canela. Feliz allowed three hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out four in a three-inning Midwest League debut.

Quad Cities (1-2) managed only one run in the first five innings against Cougars right-hander Daury Torrez. Center fielder James Ramsay hit a third-inning sacrifice fly to make it 2-1, but the Cougars added right fielder Yasiel's Balaguert's two-run single against left-hander Evan Grills in the fifth for a 4-1 lead.

The River Bandits rallied in the sixth inning against the Cougars bullpen. Left-hander Gerardo Concepcion allowed singles to right fielder Jon Kemmer and third baseman Austin Elkins, and then walked two batters around a run-scoring balk. With a 4-2 lead, right-hander Jose Arias entered a bases-loaded jam and allowed two-run, game-tying single by Mayfield.

The score remained 4-4 thanks to Arias and right-hander Justin Amlung (1-0) wiggling out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. The River Bandits left 15 runners on base in Game 2, and they left the winning run in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth. But the Cougars broke through when a 10th-inning error on first baseman Conrad Gregor allowed Hannemann to reach after a strikeout and later score on first baseman Jacob Rogers' two-out RBI single off left-hander Chris Cotton (0-1).

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