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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.

 
RATTLERS' 4-RUN 4TH IS ENOUGH TO BEAT BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 16 May 2014 07:48

Wisconsin scores five unanswered runs and shuts out Quad Cities for eight innings in series rubber match

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (May 14, 2014) – Third baseman Taylor Brennan broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run double to start a four-run Wisconsin fourth inning Wednesday night, and Timber Rattlers pitchers shut out the Quad Cities River Bandits for the final eight innings of a 5-1 win in the finale of a three-game series at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Quad Cities (18-20) scored its only run in the first inning against right-hander Barrett Astin (4-2). Center fielder Brett Phillips led off the game with a double to left-center field, went to second base on a sacrifice by second baseman Chan-Jong Moon and scored on shortstop Jack Mayfield's groundout. It was the only run against Astin, who yielded just three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. He did not allow a runner past second base after the first inning.

In the bottom of the first, Timber Rattlers second baseman Chris McFarland reached on an errant throw by Moon and went to second base when the ball went into the first-base dugout. Designated hitter Clint Coulter lined a game-tying single to left-center field, but left-hander Evan Grills (1-1) escaped the inning by inducing a ground-ball double play.

Grills worked around leadoff singles in the second and third innings to keep the score 1-1. In the fourth, Coulter hit a leadoff single, followed by consecutive walks of left fielder Jose Pena and right fielder Michael Ratterree. With the bases loaded, Brennan shot a line drive just inside the third-base line that scored Coulter, Pena and Ratterree for a 4-1 lead. After a flyout and groundout, shortstop Angel Ortega grounded a double past River Bandits third baseman Tyler White to score Brennan for a 5-1 Wisconsin lead.

After Ortega's hit, Grills retired nine of the next 11 batters he faced. With one out in the sixth, he walked Brennan, who was thrown out as the second runner caught stealing by catcher Brett Booth. After becoming the first River Bandit this season to pitch six innings May 2, Grills became the first River Bandit to complete seven innings Wednesday. He allowed five runs – four earned – on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts against Wisconsin (18-20).

Quad Cities' best chance to come back was in the eighth inning against right-hander Rodolfo Fernandez. Beginning his second inning out of the bullpen following Astin, Fernandez allowed a leadoff single by right fielder Ronnie Mitchell, and one-out singles by Phillips and Moon to load the bases. But Mayfield struck out looking, and first baseman Conrad Gregor grounded to second base to end the inning.

After River Bandits left-hander Chris Cotton pitched a perfect eighth inning, Fernandez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete three scoreless relief innings, allowing four hits while striking out four batters for his first save of the season.

Quad Cities opens a four-game series against first-place Kane County (26-13) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Geneva, Ill. River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (1-1) is scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Duane Underwood (0-0).

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.

 
INAUGURAL FERRIS WHEEL RIDE MAY 24 TO BENEFIT GENESIS FOUNDATION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:44
Only 300 tickets will be sold through Genesis for noon event Saturday, May 24, before 6 p.m. game

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 14, 2014) – The Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, to kick off a Memorial Day Weekend grand opening for the new attraction. Ticket proceeds from the event at Modern Woodmen Park will go to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation in the Quad Cities.

Event tickets are available at Modern Woodmen Park or by calling the Genesis Foundation at 563-421-6865. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the inaugural ride event, and attendees have the chance to be among the 100 drawn to participate in the first ride of the Ferris Wheel.

May 24th, the doors will open for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event at noon, with appetizers, giveaways, music and a cash bar in the Budweiser Champions Club. The event is exclusively for the 300 advance ticket holders. From the 300 event tickets, 100 will be selected at 1 p.m. for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. Additional rides will be offered until 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Genesis Health Services Foundation, specifically Camp Genesis, Genesis NICU and Flu-Free QC. In addition, a portion of every Ferris wheel ride ticket sold this season will be donated to the Genesis Health Services Foundation for children’s health and wellness.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the Genesis Health Services Foundation for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride, which will begin an entire season of giving back to the Quad Cities community,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “The Ferris wheel is about gathering the people of the entire region to come to the Quad Cities, downtown Davenport, and Modern Woodmen Park for affordable, family-friendly entertainment, which is going to the next level with the Ferris wheel!”

"We're grateful to be the charity of choice to receive proceeds from the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride and throughout the season," said Melinda "Missy" Gowey, Genesis Health Services Foundation Executive Director. "What better way to support children's health and wellness than with an attraction that 'brings out the child' in all of us. Thanks to the River Bandits, this is going to be an exciting summer in support of our community's kids."

Following the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event, there will be a 3:30 p.m. ribbon cutting for the Ferris wheel. At 4:30 p.m., the gates of Modern Woodmen Park will open for the 6 p.m. River Bandits game, and fans in attendance may purchase tickets at the amusement areas to ride the Ferris wheel. The first 1,500 fans to the ballpark that night will also receive a free Carlos Correa bobblehead, courtesy of CBS4 WHBF and APAC Customer Services.

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: 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.

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, will open May 24, along with 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.

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U.S. Coast Guard releases 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics Report PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:23

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics Wednesday, revealing that boating fatalities that year totaled 560 — the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.

From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased 14 percent, from 651 to 560, and injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620, a 12.7 percent reduction. The total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,515 to 4,062, a 10 percent decrease.

The fatality rate for 2013 of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 13 percent decrease from the previous year's rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $39 million.

"We are pleased that there have been fewer accidents on waterways in recent years and thank our partners for their work," said Capt. Jon Burton, director of inspections and compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. "Together we will continue to stress the importance of life jacket use, boating education courses and sober boating."

The report states alcohol use was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 17 percent of deaths. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and machinery failure ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

Where the cause of death was known, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Where boating instruction was known, 20 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating safety course, get a free vessel safety check and avoid alcohol consumption.

To view the 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics, go to http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/AssetManager/2013RecBoatingStats.pdf. For more information on boating responsibly, to go the Boating Safety Resource Center at http://www.uscgboating.org.

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RATTLERS WIN ROUT TO SNAP BANDITS' STREAK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:09

Wisconsin ends six-game home losing streak to Quad Cities, which drops first game since May 5

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (May 13, 2014) – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored in each of the first four innings to build a 6-0 lead Tuesday night, and the Quad Cities River Bandits had their six-game winning streak snapped by allowing a season-high 10 runs in a 10-4 loss at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Against right-hander Edison Frias (1-2), Wisconsin center fielder Johnny Davis led off the bottom of the first inning with a single. On a steal of second base, Davis went to third on an errant throw by catcher Brett Booth. Designated hitter Clint Coulter hit an RBI single to left-center field for the first run. With two outs, right fielder Michael Ratterree hit an RBI triple to right field, and third baseman Taylor Brennan added an RBI single to center field for a 3-0 Timber Rattlers lead.

Wisconsin (17-20) added single runs in each of the next three innings against Frias. In the second inning, Davis singled with two outs and stole second base again before scoring on a double by second baseman Chris McFarland. In the third inning, Ratterree launched his fifth home run of the Midwest League season to right-center field. In the fourth, shortstop Angel Ortega hit a one-out single, went to second base on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch that got away from Booth toward the third-base dugout. Frias finished four innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

As his team built a lead, Timber Rattlers left-hander Tyler Alexander shut out Quad Cities (18-19) for the first five innings, scattering three hits and striking out six batters. In the sixth, however, he began by giving up consecutive singles to center fielder James Ramsay and second baseman Chan-Jong Moon. After a groundout and Alexander's career-high seventh strikeout, right fielder Ronnie Mitchell grounded to first baseman Paul Eshleman, who misplayed it, allowing Ramsay and Moon to score. After Mitchell stole second base, third baseman Tyler White drove his first Midwest League home run over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 6-4. Alexander was done after 5 2/3 innings, allowing four unearned runs on six hits. Right-hander Harvey Martin entered to allow Booth's double before escaping the inning.

The Timber Rattlers answered in the next half inning against right-hander Zach Morton. Catcher Rafael Neda drew a leadoff walk, and Eshleman drove him in with a triple to right-center field. Ortega added an RBI single to make it 8-4. Morton gave up two runs in his two innings, before right-hander Andrew Walter began the seventh inning. In the eighth, Walter gave up an RBI single to McFarland, and left fielder Tanner Mathis dropped a deep fly ball by Coulter, bringing in the 10th Wisconsin run – the most by Quad Cities opponent since Cedar Rapids won, 12-4, in Davenport June 12, 2013.

Wisconsin right-hander Taylor Williams began the seventh inning and pitched three shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn his first save. He gave up ninth-inning singles to designated hitter Jobduan Morales and Mathis before getting the final two outs. Every player in the River Bandits lineup had at least one of the team's 10 hits.

Quad Cities faces Wisconsin for the series rubber match at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. River Bandits left-hander Evan Grills (1-0) is scheduled to face Timber Rattlers right-hander Barrett Astin (3-2).

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.

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, will open May 24, along with 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.

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