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IOWA IRISH FEST SEEKS HIGHLAND GAMES ENTRANTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Blackburn   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:54
We want you for our traditional Gaelic heaving, lifting and tossing competitions.
WATERLOO, Iowa—Iowa Irish Fest is hosting the Highland Games on Friday and Saturday, August 1-2, in Waterloo’s Lincoln Park. A demonstration will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and the competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Traditional Gaelic games include heavy and light athletics. Heavy athletics are events in which participants must lift, heave, toss or throw objects, while light athletics are typically running and jumping events.
“I think it’s really important to keep traditions like the Highland Games going,” said Jennifer Cain, Iowa Irish Fest Highland Games committee chair. “We almost lost these ancient traditions, so it’s great to see these events are still going strong, not just at Iowa Irish Fest and in Iowa, but across the nation.”
At Iowa Irish Fest, the Highland Games are centered on the heavy athletic events. This year’s Highland Games will include:
  • Clachneart—Also referred to as the stone of strength, this is a stone weighing 16 to 22 pounds. Throwers run seven-and-a-half feet up to a toe board to throw the Clachneart like a shot put.
  • Braemar Stone—This event is similar to the Clachneart except the stone weighs between 22 and 30 pounds and is thrown from a standing position.
  • Weight Throws—Contestants throw a heavy and light metal implement for distance. The implements weigh 56 and 28 pounds, respectively, and arethrown from behind a toe board with one hand.
  • Sheaf Toss—A hay fork is used to toss a sheaf, (or burlap bag of twine) for height. The sheaf weighs between 16 and 20 pounds and can be launched more than 30 feet in the air.
  • Weight Over Bar—Also called the Test of Champions, contestants must toss a 56 pound weight for height.
  • Caber Toss—The caber is a tapered, 15-20 foot pole that weighs between 90 and 140 pounds. Contestants hold the pole upright before tossing it end-over-end for accuracy.
  • Irish Super Heavy Two-Handed Stone Throw—This event requires male contestants to lift a 112 pound stone and run a short distance with the stone held at chest height or above the head. The stone is heaved forward with both hands at the end of the running distance. For women, the stone is 56 pounds.
Contestants must wear a kilt to compete, and event winners will each receive a trophy. There will also be light-weight versions of the Highland Games for children to learn more about the events and practice their skills.
Entrants can register at www.IowaHighlandGames.org/Events/IIF. Registration will be limited to two sections of competitors.
The annual Iowa Irish Fest is put on by the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, an organization intended to foster and develop Irish fellowship and outreach into the community with Irish cultural events and programs. Iowa Irish Fest will be held on August 1-3, 2014. Admission to the fest is just $15 for all three days, and children 12 and under are free. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.IowaIrishFest.com.
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FELIZ DOMINATES SNAPPERS IN BANDITS' WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:57
Brian Holberton and Brett Phillips each hit home runs to lead 3-1 Quad Cities triumph

BELOIT, Wis. (July 1, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Michael Feliz struck out seven batters and allowed a lone unearned run in a season-high seven innings, while catcher Brian Holberton and right fielder Brett Phillips hit solo home runs to lift the visitors to a 3-1 victory over the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field Tuesday night.

In his longest outing since a seven-inning start last Sept. 6 in the New York-Penn League playoffs, Feliz (4-2) out-dueled Snappers right-hander Junior Mendez (2-4), who also went seven innings, allowing two runs – one earned. Each pitcher walked only one batter, and Feliz struck out seven, while Mendez fanned six. Feliz has allowed one unearned run while striking out 17 in 14 innings against Beloit.

Through four scoreless innings, each team had one hit. With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Mendez had set down 12 straight batters before Holberton launched a 1-0 fastball over the fence in right-center field for his sixth home run. In the bottom of the inning, Feliz had retired 11 batters in a row before a one-out double by Snappers right fielder Tyler Marincov. A wild pitch and walk put runners at first and third bases, but Feliz got catcher Jose Chavez to fly out to right field to keep the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, River Bandits center fielder James Ramsay hit a leadoff single, went to third base after two groundouts and scored on a passed ball by Chavez to extend the lead to 2-0. In the bottom of the sixth, a one-out throwing error by second baseman Jose Fernandez allowed center fielder B.J. Boyd to reach first base. Third baseman Matt Chapman then swatted his second double of the game to left-center field, scoring Boyd to make it 2-1. During the next at-bat, however, River Bandits catcher Jake Rodriguez threw to shortstop Thomas Lindauer to pick off Chapman, eliminating what would be the Snappers' last opportunity with the tying run in scoring position.

Rain interrupted play for seven minutes in the top of the seventh inning, but Mendez completed a season-high seven-inning start. Feliz worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the inning, before Quad Cities (6-6 second half, 41-40 overall) turned to right-hander Frederick Tiburcio to start the bottom of the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead. Tiburcio fanned the last two batters in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Phillips blasted the first pitch from right-hander Bobby Wahl over the right-field fence for his fifth home run, widening the lead to 3-1. Wahl worked two innings out of the bullpen for Beloit (2-9, 32-49).

Tiburcio also worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to convert his fifth straight save opportunity. Quad Cities won its seventh straight game over Beloit, which has also lost seven straight overall

Winners of four straight series openers and now 5-4 on their 11-game road trip, the River Bandits continue their series in Beloit at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Quad Cities left-hander Evan Grills (2-3) is scheduled to face Beloit right-hander Hunter Adkins (0-1).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return home for the Fourth of July weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. game Friday, July 4, to be followed by Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Game tickets are available at www.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.

 
BANDITS HOPELESS AGAINST KAMINSKY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:17

Southpaw fires seven shutout frames, Herrera gets four hits and four RBIs as Chiefs crush Q-C 8-2

PEORIA, Ill. (June 30, 2014) – TRob Kaminsky fired seven shutout innings and shortstop Juan Herrera set career-highs with four hits and four RBIs as the Peoria Chiefs crushed the Quad Cities River Bandits 8-2 Monday at Dozer Park.

Kaminsky (4-1) yielded only three hits without walking a batter. He fanned seven and allowed only one Bandit to reach third base against him.

Peoria (8-3 second half, 45-35 overall) got things started from the very beginning against Quad Cities (5-6 second half, 40-40 overall) starter Jandel Gustave. Vaughn Bryan led off the bottom of the first with a single before Gustave walked C.J. McElroy, Jr. and Justin Ringo to load the bases. Gustave punched out Carson Kelly and Mason Katz, but then Herrera singled to center to bring home two runs. Steve Bean’s single a few pitches later plated Ringo to make it 3-0 Peoria.

Gustave (5-4) continued to struggle in the third, walking Kelly to lead off the inning before plunking Katz with an inside fastball, the first of two times the Peoria second baseman would be hit by a pitch in the game. Herrera then singled to right-center to score Kelly and push Katz to third. On the relay throw home, Jose Fernandez’s throw sailed up the third base line and by the catcher Brett Booth, which allowed Herrera to advance to second. The River Bandits then brought in Chris Cotton, who walked Bean and gave up a single to Kenny Peoples-Walls to push across another run, making it 5-0 Chiefs. Michael Schulze then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, which scored Herrera to make it 6-0. Both runs were charged to Gustave, who gave up six on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in two-plus frames.

Herrera singled again with two outs in the sixth inning against Quad Cities reliever Tyler Brunnemann to make it 7-0 Peoria.

The Chiefs won the season series against Quad Cities for the first time since 2009.

The River Bandits begin a three-game series tomorrow at Beloit with Michael Feliz (3-2, 3.64) on the mound for game one. The Snappers will counter with Hunter Adkins (0-1, 4.91).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return home for the Fourth of July weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. game Friday, July 4, to be followed by Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Game tickets are available at www.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.

 
FELIZ SELECTED FOR ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:12
Pitcher makes Quad Cities only Class-A team with active representative both of last two seasons

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 30, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz has been added to World Team roster for the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, set for Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis. Feliz's selection makes the River Bandits are the only Class-A team in baseball to be represented by a current player in each of the last two All-Star Futures Games.

The Azua, Dominican Republic, native is replacing Chicago White Sox prospect Francellis Montas on the World Team roster. Feliz is one of two current Midwest Leaguers selected to the game, as he joins Burlington right-handed pitcher Alfonso Alcantara on the World Team.

The 21-year old Feliz was signed by the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent on May 19, 2010. He is currently 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA over 14 appearances, including 10 starts. Rated among the top prospects (No. 9 by Baseball America and No. 10 by MLB.com) in the Astros organization entering the season, Feliz has tossed 47 innings, allowing just 41 hits while walking 21 against 56 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .232 against him on the season. In his final five first-half appearances, the River Bandits' youngest pitcher was 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA, giving up only one earned run in 22 1/3 innings with one walk, 13 hits allowed and 27 strikeouts.

Former River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa was selected to the initial World Roster for the All-Star Futures Game but will not compete due to injury.

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller was the last River Bandit selected for the All-Star Futures Game while on the Quad Cities roster. Miller pitched for the U.S. in the 2010 game in Anaheim, Calif., and worked two-thirds of a scoreless inning in a 9-1 U.S. victory.

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 9-6. The game will begin at 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time July 13. It can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio witll broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return home for the Fourth of July weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. game Friday, July 4, to be followed by Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Game tickets are available at www.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.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership recently made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, and Space Camp opened June 20. Soon to come is another new ride, this one called a "Drop and Twist." 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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RIVER BANDITS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH PEORIA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 30 June 2014 14:33

Peoria’s Katz homers in both games as Bandits win 11-3 before falling 4-2 in finale

PEORIA, Ill. (June 29, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits exploded in an 11-3 win in Sunday’s first game of a doubleheader before falling flat in a 4-2 loss to the Peoria Chiefs in the finale at Dozer Park. Mason Katz drilled a solo home run in each contest for the Chiefs.

James Ramsay led off game one with a single off Peoria (7-3 second half, 44-35 overall) starter Luis Perdomo and stole second before Marc Wik walked. Perdomo struck out Brett Phillips and got Chase McDonald to bounce into a 1-3 fielder’s choice, but then Jon Kemmer laced a double down the left field line to score both runners and put Quad Cities (5-5 second half, 40-39 overall) on the board at 2-0. Perdomo (0-1), who allowed six runs, five earned on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings, issued a walk to Tyler White and yielded a single to Ronnie Mitchell to bring in Kemmer. Brett Booth then ripped a single to left to plate White to make it 4-0 just before Mitchell was thrown out trying to go to third to end the inning.

Already up 5-1, Quad Cities was able to add to their lead in the fifth. With one out and a runner on second, Kemmer greeted Peoria reliever Robert Stock with a single to score Phillips. After White singled, Mitchell did the same to bring in Kemmer before Booth added another base hit to score White and make it 8-1. Kemmer went 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBIs, one of six Bandits to have multiple hits. White, Mitchell and Booth each finished 2-for-4 while driving in two. Every Quad Cities player in the lineup contributed at least one hit.

Chris Lee (3-5) earned the victory, allowing only a run on three hits without walking a batter in five innings. He struck out four before yielding to Houston Astros right-hander Anthony Bass, who allowed two unearned runs in two innings on two hits with three punchouts.

In game two, the River Bandits once again struck first, using a Jake Rodriguez single in the second off of Peoria starter Kevin Herget to take a 1-0 lead. With the score the same in the fourth, McDonald rocketed a line drive over the wall in left-center for his fifth home run of the season to give Quad Cities the 2-0 advantage.

Katz homered with one out in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the Quad Cities lead in half. The shot was the second baseman’s 14th of the year, which ties him at the top of the Midwest League with South Bend’s Daniel Palka.

In the fifth, Quad Cities starter Andrew Thurman gave up a leadoff double to Richy Pedroza, who advanced to third on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Thurman (4-5), who surrendered three runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts, got Michael Schulze to groundout to second to keep Pedroza at bay. However, the right-hander walked Vaughn Bryan, who stole second and forced the infield to come back. C.J. McElroy, Jr. then hit a groundball to second, which allowed Pedroza to come home to tie the game on the out. Bryan came home when Justin Ringo lined a base hit to center to give the Chiefs the lead they would not relinquish.

Jhnonny Peralta (2-0) earned the win for Peoria in relief, retiring nine of the 11 men he faced. He struck out three, walked one and allowed one hit.

From the third inning on, Kemmer, who was 2-for-2 with a walk in game two, was the only Bandit to reach second base. However, Herget picked him off to end the fourth.

The rubber game of the five-game series comes tomorrow with the River Bandits scheduled to start Jandel Gustave (5-3, 3.94 ERA) against Peoria’s Rob Kaminsky (3-1, 1.47).

UP NEXT: Back-to-back fireworks nights kick of the Fourth of July weekend at Modern Woodmen Park. The ballpark will open Thursday, July 3, for the annual Red, White and Boom Fireworks, and the River Bandits will have Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD following the 7 p.m. game on Friday, July 4. Game tickets are available at www.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.

 
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