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BEES GET TRIPLE PLAY, 12-INNING WIN OVER BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:59
In its longest game since 2012, Quad Cities loses 5-4 homestand opener to Burlington

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 20, 2014) – Burlington first baseman Eric Aguilera caught an eighth-inning line drive to begin the first triple play of the season by a Quad Cities opponent and hit a go-ahead RBI single to break a 3-3, 12th-inning tie in the Bees' 5-4 win over the River Bandits in front of 2,691 at Modern Woodmen Park Monday night.

The Bees' second triple play in 10 days – and the first against the River Bandits since Peoria turned one May 11, 2013 – thwarted the home team's scoring chance in a 3-3, eighth-inning tie. After center fielder James Ramsay drew a leadoff walk against left-hander Cole Swanson, right-hander Alan Busenitz entered to face shortstop Jack Mayfield, who bounced a single to left field. Ramsay and Mayfield ran on Busenitz's 2-2 pitch to designated hitter Conrad Gregor, who hit a line drive that Aguilera leaped to grab. Aguilera then touched first base before throwing to shortstop Erick Salcedo at second base to complete the triple play.

Burlington (20-22) opened the scoring in the second inning against right-hander Edison Frias. After a one-out walk and error by third baseman Tyler White, a groundout moved runners to second and third base. Salcedo put an RBI bunt single to the third-base side of the mound, and Frias's wild throw to first base allowed a second run to score. Trailing 2-0, Quad Cities (20-23) answered in the next half-inning against right-hander Elliot Morris. First baseman Jon Kemmer hit a two-out double to left-center field, right fielder Brett Phillips hit an RBI single to right field, and Ramsay hit a game-tying double to right.

The Bees broke the 2-2 tie in the third, however, as center fielder Chad Hinshaw hit a leadoff triple to right-center field and scored on Aguilera's single to right field. In the bottom of the third, Gregor doubled and eventually scored the tying run on a passed ball by catcher Stephen McGee. It was the last of three runs – two earned – against Morris, who pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Frias lasted a season-long five innings, allowing three runs – one earned – on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

River Bandits left-hander Evan Grills began the sixth inning and scattered two hits and a walk, not allowing a runner past second base in four relief innings. Opposite him, Swanson (1 2/3 innings), Busenitz (two innings), and right-hander Ben Carlson (one inning) carried the Bees' scoreless relief effort. Busenitz and Carlson stranded the winning run at third base in the ninth and 10th innings respectively.

After Grills, left-hander Chris Cotton (1-3) pitched a perfect 10th inning and stranded two runners in scoring position in the 11th. In the 12th, he allowed a one-out bunt single by second baseman Kody Eaves and double by right fielder Exicardo Cayones. With runners at second and third bases, right-hander Andrew Walter came in to get a fielder's choice groundout before Aguilera's go-ahead hit to left field. Left fielder Brandon Bayardi added an RBI single to make it 5-3. Against right-hander Grant Gordon (1-1), Quad Cities left fielder Ronnie Mitchell led off the 12th by reaching on an error by Aguilera, and pinch hitter Brett Booth hit a double to left field. But Gordon finished a two-inning outing by retiring the next three batters, allowing one run to score, and stranding Booth as the tying run at second base.

After their series opener lasted three hours, 54 minutes – the longest game time for Quad Cities since a four-hour, 15-minute, 6-5, 13-inning loss at Clinton Aug. 28, 2012 – Quad Cities and Burlington play at 11 a.m. Tuesday, when River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (2-1) is scheduled to face Bees right-hander Harrison Cooney (2-2).

UP NEXT: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation May 24. Only the first 300 will be sold for the noon to 3 p.m. event at Modern Woodmen Park. Call 563-421-6865 or visit Modern Woodmen park to order tickets. 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.

 
Junior Golf League 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 19 May 2014 16:16

Emeis and Red Hawk Golf Courses are signing up junior boys and girls ages 8-13 for teams in the PG A Junior Golf League.

They will compete against teams from Glynn's Creek, Palmer Hills and Geneva Country Club in Muscatine. This will be a low pressure match play competition and all kids will play in each match. All juniors will receive a uniform, two lessons plus other items. There will be a parents informational meeting at 4:30 Sunday June 1st at the Red Hawk Club House.

For more information call Ron at Emeis (563) 326-7825 or Jim at Red Hawk (563) 386-0348

 
RIVER BANDITS HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS MAY 19-24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 19 May 2014 16:07
Ferris Wheel opening, Correa Bobblehead, Camo Jersey Auction, Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary and more
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (May 19, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits host the Burlington Bees in a three-game series before battling the Cedar Rapids Kernels for three games from Monday, May 19, through Saturday, May 24, at Modern Woodmen Park. Below are the highlights of promotions and events for the home stand.
Monday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Sponsor: 97X
- Official Ferris Wheel Light Show – Don’t miss the great light show that comes with the new Ferris Wheel at the end of the game!
- 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang Car Show – Anyone who drives a Mustang to the ballpark will receive a free bleacher ticket and free parking. A car show outside the ballpark will become a pregame car parade on the field.
- Markdown Monday presented by 97X – Bleacher and berm tickets are $2 each, as are beers, sodas, hot dogs, peanuts, nachos and popcorn.
Tuesday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. (Gates 9:30 a.m.) Sponsors: Pepsi, WOC and Q-106.5
- Book Buddies Game – The River Bandits host the graduates of the Book Buddies program. The students who completed the program will get to participate in a pregame parade on the field approximately one hour before first pitch.
Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: U.S. Bank, Mix 96 and CBS4 WHBF
- Survivor Night – The River Bandits staff will engage in a number of Survivor-themed contests. Fans decide the winner of Survivor: Bandits Island, using the MiLB Inside the Park smart phone app throughout the game.
- Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank, Mix 96 and CBS4 WHBF – Fans can bring copies of their unpaid bills to Modern Woodmen Park and enter them in a drawing to be paid up to $100 by the River Bandits. The team will randomly select two to be paid.
Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Rock 104-9 and River Cities' Reader
- Date Night Out – Ticket specials for two, including two bleacher tickets for $10 and two box seat tickets for $15. A dinner package for two – two hot dogs, two bags of chips, two sodas – is $10. Fans can also enter to win a special date night-themed gift packages.
- Thirst-day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9 and River Cities' Reader – Fans can enjoy $2 drink specials throughout the game.
- Buy One-Get One presented by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union – All Thursday tickets for IHMVCU members are buy-one, get-one free. Fans must show membership at the box office to receive the ticket special.
Friday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD, WLLR, Iowa Army National Guard
- Military Appreciation Night Camo Jersey Auction presented by Iowa Army National Guard – The River Bandits will wear Camo Jersys for the fourth annual Camo Jersey Auctions, and fans may bid on the game-worn jerseys to support the Iowa Army National Guard. Select jerseys will be auctioned live after the game.
- Friday Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD & WLLR – All fans will be treated to a free postgame fireworks show.
Saturday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. (Gates 4:30 p.m.) Sponsors: 101.3 KISS -FM, APAC Customer Services & CBS4 WHBF
- Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride (noon to 3:00 p.m.) - Open exclusively to 300 advance ticket holders, the event and fundraiser will give all ticket proceeds to the Genesis Health Services Foundation. Fans in attendance at Saturday's game may purchase tickets at the amusement areas to ride the Ferris wheel.
- Carlos Correa Bobblehead Giveaway presented by APAC Customer Services & CBS4 WHBF – The first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of Carlos Correa, shortstop of the 2013 Midwest League Champions and the top-rated prospect in the Houston Astros system.
- Fan Appreciation Saturday presented by 103.1 KISS FM – There will be $2 drink specials on beer and soda. A table for a balloon artist and a face painter will both be on the concourse.
- MC22 Telecast– Mediacom Connections (MC22) will record a television game broadcast to be re-aired on MC22.
The amusements of Modern Woodmen Park will be open throughout Memorial Day weekend. While the River Bandits are on the road, the general public may still come to the ballpark to ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy the amusements. The amusement areas of Modern Woodmen Park will be open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25, which is also the rain date for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event. On Monday, May 26, the ballpark will be open noon to 6 p.m. on Memorial Day.
The amusement rides are scheduled to be open - weather permitting - to fans at every River Bandits home game, and will also be open on weekend non-game days: Fridays 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon and 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ferris wheel rides are $5 each (two for $8, four for $15), and Bounce QC Kids Zone access is $5 per child. An all-you-can-ride-and-bounce daily pass is $20, and a season pass for unlimited rides and play in the Bounce QC Kids Zone is $49.
UP NEXT: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation May 24. Only the first 300 will be sold for the noon to 3 p.m. event at Modern Woodmen Park. Call 563-421-6865 or visit Modern Woodmen park to order tickets. 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.

 
NO-HITTER, CYCLE HIGHLIGHT BANDITS WEEKEND GAMES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:16

COUGARS' SKULINA, DORRIS NO-HIT BANDITS, 3-0

Quad Cities held hitless for seventh time in 55-year franchise history, first since May 7, 1998

GENEVA, Ill. (May 17, 2014) – Kane County right-hander Tyler Skulina pitched 7 1/3 hitless innings, and left-hander Nathan Dorris got the final five outs of the seventh all-time no-hitter against the Quad Cities Midwest League franchise, coming in the Cougars' 3-0 victory Saturday over the River Bandits at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Kane County (28-14) pitched the eighth no-hitter of its 24-season franchise history. Saturday's feat was the first no-hitter in the Midwest League this season and came one day short of exactly three years after the Cougars' last no-hitter May 18, 2011, when Sugar Ray Marimon went 7 2/3 innings, and Chas Byrne pitched 1 1/3 innings for a 2-0 no-hitter at Cedar Rapids. Quad Cities (19-22) was no-hit Saturday for the first time since May 7, 1998, when Burlington's Lance Davis and Dan Timm combined for a no-hitter.

Skulina (2-1) pitched a perfect first inning, and the Cougars got on the scoreboard within their first two batters against River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (2-3). Right fielder Jake Hannemann drew a leadoff walk, went to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on shortstop Carlos Penalver's single to left-center field. But Thurman got a strikeout, groundout and strikeout to keep the deficit at 1-0.

Skulina started the second inning by hitting first baseman Conrad Gregor with a pitch. A passed ball moved Gregor to second base, but Skulina got a popup by third baseman Jack Mayfield and groundouts by left fielder Ronnie Mitchell and right fielder James Ramsay to end the inning, stranding Gregor at third base – the first of two baserunners left by Quad Cities Saturday.

In the fourth inning, Quad Cities second baseman Chan-Jong Moon drew a leadoff walk, and Gregor drew a one-out walk to put runners at first and second bases. But on the first pitch to Mayfield, catcher Will Remillard threw to first baseman Jacob Rogers to pick off Gregor for the second out. Mayfield struck out to end the inning, beginning a string of the final 16 River Bandits being retired in order.

The Cougars added two runs against Thurman in the fifth inning. Center fielder Trey Martin hit a leadoff double down the left-field line and scored when Thurman made an errant throw to third base on a comeback ground ball by left fielder Shawon Dunston Jr., who reached second base. A wild pitch put Dunston at third, and he scored on Hannemann's sacrifice fly. Thurman was removed after 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs – one earned – on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Right-hander Patrick Christensen relieved for 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and right-hander Frederick Tiburcio followed with two perfect innings and four strikeouts in his Midwest League debut.

After Skulina retired his 11th straight hitter on Mitchell's groundout to open the eighth, he was removed from his longest career start to a standing ovation. Dorris escaped the eighth with groundouts by Ramsay and catcher Jake Rodriguez, who caught a no-hitter Tuesday with advanced Class-A Lancaster, but was 0-for-3 on the opposite end Saturday. In the ninth, Dorris struck out shortstop Thomas Lindauer, got center fielder Brett Phillips to fly out to center field, and retired Moon on a groundout to second base to put the date in the record books.

Quad Cities' league-leading team batting average dropped from .279 to .273, but it will seek a four-game series split against Kane County in Sunday's 1 p.m. finale. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (2-2) is scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Daury Torrez (4-1).

HOLBERTON HITS FOR CYCLE IN BANDITS ROUT

Designated hitter goes 5-for-5 with five RBIs, achieves first cycle by Quad Cities player in nine years

GENEVA, Ill. (May 18, 2014) – Designated hitter Brian Holberton became the first Quad Cities player to hit for the cycle in nine years with his first career triple in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon, and his 5-for-5, five-RBI day carried the River Bandits to a 10-3 win and four-game series split with the first-place Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Holberton's cycle was the first for the Quad Cities franchise since April 19, 2005, when Brandon Yarbrough doubled, homered, tripled and singled in five at-bats in a 14-10, 11-inning win – also at Kane County. Holberton's cycle is the first in the Midwest League this season.

One day after being no-hit for the eighth time in franchise history, Quad Cities (20-22) got 17 hits against Kane County (28-15). Eight different River Bandits had a hit, and the visitors had at least one hit in eight different innings. Holberton had the only three extra-base hits.

A hitless streak of 11 2/3 innings ended when River Bandits center fielder Brett Phillips led off the game with a single to right field. A wild pickoff throw from right-hander Daury Torrez (4-2) sent Phillips all the way to third base, and shortstop Jack Mayfield brought in Phillips with a groundout. Kane County tied the game, 1-1, on right fielder Yasiel Balaguert's RBI double off right-hander Jandel Gustave (3-2).

Holberton's first at-bat came in the second inning, when he hit a one-out popup behind shortstop that Cougars shortstop Carlos Penalver lost in the sun, allowing Holberton to race to second base for a double. But Torrez and Penalver picked off Holberton to end the inning.

The 1-1 tie remained until the fourth, when Mayfield and first baseman Conrad Gregor hit consecutive singles. Catcher Brett Booth put down a bunt single to the third-base side, and Cougars second baseman Daniel Lockhart committed two errors – a missed a catch at first base and a wild throw to third base – to allow two runs to score and Booth to reach third. Holberton then hit his third home run of the season to right field, making it 5-1. In the fifth inning, Mayfield hit a two-out single and stole second base before scoring on Gregor's RBI single that chased Torrez, who lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs – six earned – on nine hits. Right-hander Michael Wagner allowed a single by Booth, followed by Holberton's RBI single to right field, but Balaguert threw out Booth to end the inning with a 7-1 score.

Gustave retired the final 11 batters of his season-high five-inning start, allowing one earned run on three hits. Right-hander Michael Feliz followed with 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on four hits – including first baseman Jacob Rogers' seventh-inning solo home run – with two strikeouts. Left-hander Albert Minnis got the final two outs on the mound.

After Mayfield and Gregor hit consecutive singles for the third time in the seventh, Holberton came up with one out. He lined a hit off Wagner into the left-center field gap and raced to third base with a head-first slide as the relay throw got away. Holberton scored his team's 10th and final run on third baseman Tyler White's sacrifice fly, and he added a ninth-inning single to left-center off right-hander Jose Arias.

Quad Cities opens a six-game homestand at 7 p.m. Monday when it faces Burlington (19-22) for the first time this season. River Bandits right-hander Edison Frias (1-2) is scheduled to face Bees right-hander Elliot Morris (2-1) in the series opener at Modern Woodmen Park.

UP NEXT: The official lighting of the Ferris Wheel will be a part of Markdown Monday when the River Bandits open their next homestand May 19 at Modern Woodmen Park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and bleacher tickets, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, soda and beer are just $2 each for the 7 p.m. game. Tickets are available online at www.riverbandits.com. Don't miss the great light show that comes with the new Ferris Wheel! To order any of the 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.

 

 
BANDITS SMACK FIRST-PLACE COUGARS IN SHUTOUT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 16 May 2014 13:09

Lindauer hits team's first grand slam of the season, as three pitchers combine to dominate Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. (May 15, 2014) – Shortstop Thomas Lindauer had a third-inning grand slam in a 3-for-4, five-RBI game, and right-handers Adrian Houser and Kevin Comer and left-hander Albert Minnis combined on a five-hit shutout in the Quad Cities River Bandits' 7-0 series-opening win over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Thursday night.

The River Bandits (19-20) took the first of four games against first-place Kane County (26-14) by tossing their second shutout of the season. The offense was led by three hits each from first baseman Conrad Gregor and Lindauer, who hit the team's first grand slam of 2014 and has posted both of the five-RBI games by a River Bandit this season.

Quad Cities began scoring in the second inning against right-hander Duane Underwood (0-1). Designated hitter Brett Booth led off with a double down the right-field line but remained at second base until Lindauer grounded a single into center field for a 1-0 lead.

In third inning, the visitors broke the game open. Third baseman Tyler White reached on a one-out fielding error by Cougars third baseman Ben Carhart, and Gregor singled on a ground ball into center field. Underwood threw a wild pitch to advance both runners and then hit catcher Brian Holberton with a two-out pitch. Left fielder Ronnie Mitchell drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0, and Lindauer followed with a drive to the picnic deck in left field, extending the lead to 6-0. All five runs in the inning were unearned against Underwood, who allowed six runs – one earned – on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in his three-inning start.

The River Bandits added a fourth-inning run against left-hander Gerardo Concepcion. Second baseman Chan-Jong Moon drew a leadoff walk, Gregor hit a one-out single, and Booth grounded an RBI single into right field for a 7-0 lead. The Cougars trapped Booth in a rundown, but when he reached first base safely, Cougars manager Mark Johnson argued and was ejected by base umpire Dave Attridge.

The seven runs were more than enough support for Houser (2-1), who worked around singles in the first and second innings, and got a ground-ball double play after the latter. He set down nine consecutive batters from the second inning until two outs in the fifth inning, when he gave up a two-out single and walk. He got a ground-ball fielder's choice to end his second straight shutout start. After six scoreless innings last Friday against Beloit, Houser pitched five shutout innings Thursday, scattering three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Comer began the sixth inning with a 7-0 lead. He allowed back-to-back two-out walks in the sixth inning and a two-out walk and single in the seventh but escaped both jams. He worked a perfect eighth inning to complete his third straight Midwest League appearance of three shutout innings. In the ninth inning, Minnis allowed a one-out single before getting designated hitter Jordan Hankins to ground into a game-ending, 5-4-3 double play.

Quad Cities continues the series against Kane County at 6:30 p.m. Friday. River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (1-1) is scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng (3-0).

UP NEXT: The official lighting of the Ferris Wheel will be a part of Markdown Monday when the River Bandits open their next homestand May 19 at Modern Woodmen Park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and bleacher tickets, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, soda and beer are just $2 each for the 7 p.m. game. Tickets are available online at www.riverbandits.com. Don't miss the great light show that comes with the new Ferris Wheel! To order any of the 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.

 
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