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HU PITCHES KERNELS BY BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:13

Quad Cities strikes out 14 times in 4-2 loss

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (August 18, 2014) – Andrew Thurman tossed six strong innings but the Quad Cities River Bandits offense struck out 14 times in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who won their season-high seventh game of the season Monday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Cedar Rapids starter Chih-Wei Hu (6-1) gave up a lone unearned run on three hits over six innings to earn the win. The Taiwanese right-hander struck out eight without walking a batter, and only allowed Quad Cities to put runners in scoring position in one inning. The River Bandits have now fanned 45 times over the last four games, in which they’ve gone 1-3, losing all three contests by two runs or less.

Shoddy defense helped the Kernels get the scoring started in the second. Thurman got the first two outs of the inning on a strikeout and dribbler back to the mound before a throwing error on Quad Cities shortstop Thomas Lindauer allowed Cedar Rapids center fielder Zack Larson to reach first. A double off the bat of Logan Wade brought Larson all the way around to score the first run of the game. Wade came home when the next batter, J.D. Williams, tripled to right-center to make it 2-0. Both runs were unearned off Thurman (5-9), who took the loss despite fanning seven against zero walks with three runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings.

Quad Cities was able to get on the board in the fifth for the only time against Hu. An error on Cedar Rapids third baseman Jonatan Hinojosa placed J.D. Davis on first. Marc Wik then tried to bunt him over, but popped the ball up in the air. That forced Davis to hold at first, and when the ball dropped to the turf, Hu threw him out at second on a 1-6 fielder’s choice. Brett Booth singled to put runners on first and second with one out, and then James Ramsay lifted a double to center to score Wik and cut the Kernels’ lead to 2-1. Ramsay finished 2-for-4 with both of Quad Cities’ runs batted in.

With Hu out of the game and the score 3-1 Cedar Rapids in the seventh, Quad Cities was helped when Davis reached first on an error, this one by Cedar Rapids second baseman Ryan Walker. Wik struck out, but Davis stole second during Booth’s at-bat, which ultimately ended in another strikeouts. Ramsay then singled up the middle to bring home Davis and trim the Cedar Rapids lead to one. However, Cedar Rapids reliever Brandon Bixler got Thoams Lindauer to pop out to second on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat.

Kernels reliever Dallas Gallant gave up a double to Chase McDonald in the eighth, with a wild pitch advancing the River Bandits’ designated hitter to third, but struck out A.J. Reed to end the River Bandits’ chances in that frame. Gallant fanned both Ryan Bottger, who had entered the game for Davis in the bottom of the seventh and Wik, before yielding a single to Booth with two outs in the ninth. Gallant picked up his fifth save by getting Ramsay on strikes to end the game.

The Kernels improved to a season-best six games over .500 at 66-60, 34-21 in the second half while Quad Cities dropped to 61-64, 26-30. The River Bandits are scheduled to send Blaine Sims (3-4, 4.30 ERA) to the mound tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. against Cedar Rapids’ Kohl Stewart (3-5, 2.42).

UP NEXT: The season's final homestand opens with MidAmerican Energy Day and Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100 at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 24. Pregame autographs are at 12:30 p.m., Bark in the Park means dogs are welcome to the Modern Woodmen Berm, and Kids Run the Bases after the game. The River Bandits are then home through Aug. 29. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

 
BEES COME BACK TO WIN SERIES OVER BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:28

Burlington designated hitter Kody Eaves has a game-high three hits and scores deciding run

DAVENPORT, Iowa (August 17, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits third baseman J.D. Davis gave his team a 4-2 lead with a two-run home run in the third inning, but the Burlington Bees tallied single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings of a 5-4 win in the rubber match of a three-game series in front of 3,684 at Modern Woodmen Park Sunday afternoon.

For the third straight game, Burlington (26-29 second half, 64-60 overall) scored first, each team held the lead, and the final was a one-run game. The Bees took a second-inning lead against River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser. First baseman Eric Aguilera hit a leadoff line drive through the right side of the infield that rolled to the right-field wall for a double. An error by shortstop Dayne Parker moved Aguilera to third base, and he later scored on catcher Stephen McGee's RBI groundout to second baseman Jose Fernandez.

The River Bandits tied the game in the next half-inning against left-hander Sean Newcomb. Left fielder Marc Wik singled through the left side of the infield, and Fernandez lined a base hit to center field. Both runners stole a base while catcher Brett Booth was batting, and right fielder James Ramsay hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Wik. Burlington retook the lead in the third, as center fielder Bo Way hit a one-out single to left field, went to third base on a single by designated hitter Kody Eaves and scored on shortstop Zach Houchins' groundout.

With a 2-1 lead, Newcomb began the third inning by walking River Bandits center fielder Bobby Boyd, who stole second base. A groundout by designated hitter Ryan Bottger sent Boyd to third base, and first baseman Chase McDonald drove a game-tying double to left-center field. Davis then hit his second Midwest League home run – and second at home against Burlington – to the Built Ford Tough Deck. Newcomb was removed after 2 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Following Newcomb, right-hander Ryan Etsell (5-3) pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings and allowed three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. In the fifth inning, two hits and a walk loaded the bases, but Etsell got Fernandez to fly out and struck out Booth to strand all three runners. With a 4-2 lead, Houser worked a perfect fourth inning, but in the fifth, second baseman Erick Salcedo hit a one-out double to left-center field and scored on Eaves' RBI single. Houser allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk with five strikeouts in five innings.

Right-hander Kevin Comer (1-4) retired the first two batters of the sixth inning before right fielder Brandon Bayardi doubled down the third-base line. Comer hit McGee with a pitch, and third baseman Ryan Dalton hit a game-tying bloop single to right field. In the seventh inning, Eaves hit a leadoff double, went to third base on a groundout, and scored the go-ahead run on Aguilera's sacrifice fly. Comer allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk with a strikeout in three innings. Left-hander Jordan Mills pitched a scoreless ninth inning, but the Bees finished the three-game series by scoring at least one run in 13 of their 27 innings on offense.

After Etsell, Bees right-hander Brian Loconsole worked around Fernandez's eighth-inning, one-out double for two scoreless innings. Right-hander Ben Carlson walked Boyd with one out in the ninth inning, but with Boyd running from first base, Way caught Bottger's deep fly ball in right-center field and threw to first base for the game-ending double play. Carlson earned his 12th save.

Quad Cities has lost 13 of its last 18 games but has 15 regular season games remaining. The River Bandits begin a six-game road stretch at 6:35 p.m. Monday in Cedar Rapids. River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (5-8) is scheduled to face Kernels right-hander Chih-Wei Hu (5-1) in the opener of a three-game series at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

UP NEXT: The season's final homestand opens with MidAmerican Energy Day and Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100 at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 24. Pregame autographs are at 12:30 p.m., Bark in the Park means dogs are welcome to the Modern Woodmen Berm, and Kids Run the Bases after the game. The River Bandits are then home through Aug. 29. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

 
Ames Couple Wins Gladiolus Show at Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:25
DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Beth and James Romer of Ames won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Single Spike and Grand Champion Miniature or Seedling honors in the Gladiolus show judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Andy Tygrett of Atalissa received the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Three Spike titles. He was also awarded Runner-up to Reserve Champion Single Spike.

Additional results below:

SINGLE SPIKE

White, Green, Cream, Yellow

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

Orange, Salmon

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

3) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

Pink, L Red

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

MD Red, Rose

1) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

Lavender, Violets, Smokies

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

White

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

Green, PLM Yellow

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

D Yellow, Orange

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) LeRoy Orth, Ames

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

Salmon, Pink

1) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

Red, Rose

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

Lavender

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) LeRoy Orth, Ames

Violet, Smokies

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

3) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

White A-M, White N-Z

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) LeRoy Orth, Ames

White W/M, Green

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

P Yellow, L Yellow, MD Yellow

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

PL Orange, MD Orange

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

3) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

LM Salmon, D Salmon, P Pink

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

L Pink

1) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

M Pink, M Pink W/M, D Pink

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

L Red

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

MD Black Red

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

Rose

1) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

Lavender

1) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

D Lavender, Violet, Smokies

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

White, Green, Yellow

1) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

2) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

Orange, Salmon

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

3) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

Pink, Red

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

3) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

Black Red, Rose

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) LeRoy Orth, Ames

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

Lavender, Violet, Smokies

1) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

Seedling Sizes 100, 200, 300

1) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) LeRoy Orth, Ames

Seedling Sizes 400, 500

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

THREE SPIKE

All 200-299, 100-199

1) LeRoy Orth, Ames

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

All 300-399

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Beth and James Romer, Ames

3) LeRoy Orth, Ames

White thru Salmon

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

3) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

Pink thru Smokies

1) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

2) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

3) LeRoy Orth, Ames

All 500-599

1) Beth and James Romer, Ames

2) Joseph Nosler, Mechanicsville

Design Class - Cottage Garden

1) Jacob Van Patten, Indianola

2) LeRoy Orth, Ames

3) Beth and James Romer, Ames

4) Andy Tygrett, Atalissa

NOVICE

All Colors Combined (300)

1) Jordyn Shaw, Waverly

2) Lois Kersten Field, Harlan

3) Rebecca Bond, Waverly

All Colors Combined (400)

1) Lois Kersten Field, Harlan

2) Lois Kersten Field, Harlan

3) Matthew Greazel, Boone

All Colors Combined (500)

1) Matthew Greazel, Boone

2) Matthew Greazel, Boone

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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MCDONALD HELPS BANDITS AWAKEN BATS IN WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:15
Fourth crowd of at least 7,000 this season sees Quad Cities snap four-game losing streak
DAVENPORT, Iowa (August 16, 2014) – Quad Cities first baseman Chase McDonald had a career-high four hits Saturday night, and the River Bandits combined for 12 hits – their best total in a game this month – in a 7-6 victory over the Burlington Bees that snapped a four-game losing streak in front of 7,089 at Modern Woodmen Park.
In a rematch of right-handers who crafted a 4-0 pitchers' duel on the same field 11 days earlier, Quad Cities' Michael Feliz and Burlington's Victor Alcantara each gave up early runs and lasted five innings without factoring into the decisions. After the starters and their reliever counterparts combined for 27 strikeouts without a single walk Aug. 5, the teams combined for nine walks and 14 strikeouts Saturday.
The Bees (25-29 second half, 63-60 overall) took the lead in the first inning against Feliz. After going 13 innings over his last two starts without allowing a walk, Feliz began the game with four straight balls to Bees center fielder Bo Way. Bees second baseman Kody Eaves singled before a fielder's choice put runners at first and third bases with one out. First baseman Eric Aguilera flied to center field to score Way – the first run off Feliz in the last 12 1/3 innings he had pitched against Burlington. Feliz walked Bees catcher Stephen McGee to open the second inning, and he scored after a bunt single by designated hitter Ismael Dionicio, fielder's choice and wild pitch for a 2-0 Bees lead.
Quad Cities (26-28, 61-62) fought back against Alcantara in the second inning. Third baseman J.D. Davis hit a leadoff single to right field, and went to second base on right fielder Marc Wik's sacrifice. A passed ball and infield single by left fielder Ryan Bottger scored Davis. Catcher Brian Holberton walked, and shortstop Dayne Parker bounced a game-tying single to right field. After center fielder Bobby Boyd reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base, right fielder James Ramsay walked to load the bases. McDonald lined a go-ahead RBI single to left field, and designated hitter A.J. Reed hit an RBI single to make it 4-2, but Ramsay was thrown out at home, ending the inning.
Feliz kept the two-run lead until a fourth-inning, two-out single, walk and RBI single by shortstop Erick Salcedo to cut the lead to 4-3. He retired the next four batters to finish five innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Alcantara scattered a walk and hit in the rest of his five innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Right-hander Frederick Tiburcio (2-3) began the sixth inning with a 4-3 lead but walked McGee with one out and allowed a double by left fielder Trevor Gretzky that put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. Dionicio hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, 4-4. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Bees right-hander Ronnie Muck walked Holberton, who went to second base on Parker's groundout. Boyd walked, and Ramsay reached when Eaves mishandled a grounder, allowing the go-ahead run to score. McDonald added an RBI single to left field, and Davis hit a two-out double to the right-field corner to extend the 7-4 lead.
Tiburcio allowed consecutive hits to start the seventh inning and threw a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position.
Left-hander Chris Cotton allowed a groundout and single to score the runs but struck out McGee with the tying run at second base. Cotton then retired all six batters in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his second Midwest League save with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Quad Cities plays the rubber match of its series against Burlington at 1:15 p.m. Sunday. River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (5-5) is scheduled to face Bees left-hander Sean Newcomb (0-0), the Los Angeles Angels' first-round pick in this June's First-Year Player Draft.
UP NEXT: Sunday's 1:15 p.m. game is a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of service with a bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans when gates open at noon. It's also Pirates and Princesses Day, and a Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100 with pregame autographs, Bark in the Park and Kids Run the Bases. Sunday, Aug. 24, kicks off the final six-game homesetand of the season. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.
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; the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line has also reopened. 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 HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS AUG. 15-17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Friday, 15 August 2014 14:08

Two Bobblehead Giveaways, Friday Fireworks Show, Senator Harkin Celebration & Appreciation

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (August 14, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits, Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, battle the Burlington Bees, Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, in a three-game series from Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17.Tickets are still available at riverbandits.com or by calling the box office at (563) 324-3000. Below are the highlights of promotions and events for the homestand.

 

Rascal's Deal of the Day

The merchandise special for the homestand is a Back to School Sale - All youth apparel, hats and lanyards are 10% off.

 

Friday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Tyson Fresh Meats, Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD, & WLLR

- Global Cultural Night presented by Tyson Fresh Meats– A different culture will be highlighted each inning with beer tasting on the concourse.

- City of Davenport Night – The City of Davenport will hold a Kids Ceremony on the field from 6 p.m.-6:20 p.m.

- Organization of the Night: Davenport East Softball Little League – Proceeds from the postgame Zeglin's Charity Ball Toss will benefit Davenport East Softball Little League (http://www.davenporteastsoftball.com).

- Friday Fireworks Show presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD & WLLR – All fans will be treated to a free postgame fireworks show.

 

Saturday, August 16, 6:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.) Sponsors: John Deere, DHCU, FOX18 & 101.3 KISS-FM

- Modern Woodmen Park Amusements Open –  The Ferris Wheel and other ballpark amusements will be open during the farmer's market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead Giveaway presented by DHCU & FOX18 – The first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of former River Bandit Trevor Rosenthal, who has registered a 2.82 ERA and 38 saves in a three-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

- John Deere Night –  John Deere Employees will receive 10% off River Bandits merchandise with a valid John Deere ID/Business Card.

- Weenie Whistles Giveaway – The Kraft Food Wienermobile will giveaway weenie whistles outside of Modern Woodmen Park before the game.

- Organization of the Night: Bandits Scholars – Proceeds from the postgame Zeglin's Charity Ball Toss will benefit the Bandits Scholars Program (http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?sid=t565&ymd=20090622&content_id=5466198&vkey=team3).

- Fan Appreciation Saturday presented by 103.1 KISS-FM – There will be tables for a balloon artist and face painter on the concourse.

- MC22 Telecast – Mediacom Connections (MC22) will record a television game broadcast to be re-aired on MC22.

 

Sunday, August 17, 1:15 p.m. (Gates open at noon) Sponsors: AFSCME, Olympic Steel, KWQC & B100

- Senator Tom Harkin Bobblehead Giveaway presented by AFSCME – The first 1,000 fans will receive a bobblehead of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, who has announced he will retire following his fifth term as Senator from Iowa and 40th year serving in Congress for Iowa. Senator Harkin and Mayor Gluba will each throw out a first pitch.

- Pirates & Princesses Day – All fans who dress as a pirate or princess will receive $2 off the regular ticket price. Dogs dressed in costume will receive a free berm ticket.

- Kids Club Event – Following the game, River Bandits Kids Club members can have a catch in the outfield!

- Make-A-Wish Day presented by Olympic Steel – There will be a charity beer & wine tasting in the suite level. Sign-up will be available inside the ballpark, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.

- Organization of the Night: Make-A-Wish – Proceeds from the postgame Zeglin's Charity Ball Toss will benefit the Make-A-Wish (http://wish.org).

- Family Sunday presented by KWQC & B100 - The River Bandits will be on the field 12:30-12:45 p.m. for autographs. Fans can also bring their dogs for Bark in the Park. Following the game, Kids Run the Bases.

 

UP NEXT: A Fireworks Friday kicks off the next homestand, with a 7 p.m. game on City of Davenport Night and Global Cultural Night presented by Tyson Fresh Meats. When gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the first 1,500 fans receive a Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead courtesy of DHCU and FOX18. Sunday's 1:15 p.m. game is a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of service with a bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans when gates open at noon. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

 

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; the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line has also reopened. 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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