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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:21
Peoria and Quad Cities trail Burlington by one game with six to play in race for first-half playoff berth

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 9, 2014) – The Peoria Chiefs scored twice each in the first and second innings to build an early 4-0 lead, and they kept the Quad Cities River Bandits from ever bringing the tying run to bat in an 8-4 Chiefs win that tied the teams in the Western Division first-half standings in front of 4,063 at Modern Woodmen Park Monday night.

Quad Cities (33-30) suffered its first loss in Davenport in three weeks to split six first-half meetings with Peoria (33-30), and the teams are both one game behind Burlington (34-29) for second place with six games to play in the first half. Wisconsin (32-31) won its seventh straight game Monday to move within two games of the spot that will mean a playoff berth for the team holding it after games next Sunday.

Seeking to salvage the third and final game of the series, the Chiefs took a lead within the game's first two batters. Center fielder C.J. McElroy Jr., who reached base all five times at the plate, drew the first of five walks by River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (2-4). Lee's wild pickoff throw toward first base sent McElroy to third, and he scored on a groundout by right fielder Vaughn Bryan. With two outs, catcher Carson Kelly singled to right field and scored on a double down the left-field line from first baseman Gerwuins Velazco.

In the second inning, Chiefs second baseman Richy Pedroza singled to right field, McElroy walked, and Bryan tripled home both runners for his game-high three RBIs and a 4-0 Chiefs lead. Lee then retired seven in a row before allowing his next hit.

The River Bandits reached the scoreboard in the third inning, when left fielder Ronnie Mitchell led off with his team-high ninth home run to right field off Chiefs right-hander Arturo Reyes (4-3). It was one of just two hits through the first six innings against Reyes.

The Chiefs added to the lead in the fifth inning, when Lee allowed two walks around an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Left-hander Albert Minnis entered to get Velazco to hit into a run-scoring double play and finished the inning with a 5-1 deficit. Lee was charged with five earned runs on six hits and five walks with no strikeouts in four innings. In the sixth inning, Minnis allowed a one-out single to Kenny Peoples Walls, who advanced to second base when Minnis was called for a balk. Quad Cities manager Omar Lopez argued the call and was ejected by base umpire Adrian Gonzalez, who called a second balk on Minnis to move Peoples-Walls to third base. Pedroza then hit an RBI single to make it 6-1. Minnis also allowed a seventh-inning RBI single by designated hitter Mason Katz.

Trailing 7-1, the River Bandits made noise against Reyes in the seventh inning, as All-Star right fielder Brett Phillips hit a leadoff triple, and third baseman Tyler White was hit by a pitch. Right-hander Zach Loraine entered to throw two wild pitches that scored Phillips and moved White to third base. White scored on a groundout, and doubles by first baseman Jon Kemmer and Mitchell cut the lead to 7-4.

Peoria added a run on three straight eighth-inning singles off right-hander Patrick Christensen. With an 8-4 lead, Loraine completed two innings, before former River Bandits right-hander Robert Stock – appearing at Modern Woodmen Park for the first time since he played four seasons with Quad Cities from 2009 to 2012 – pitched a scoreless ninth inning with a walk, strikeout and game-ending double play.

The River Bandits open a three-game series in Cedar Rapids at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-3) is scheduled to face right-hander Aaron Slegers (5-2). Burlington visits Clinton, Peoria hosts Kane County, and Wisconsin hosts Beloit.

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:30

A family of four can attend a game for just $57.50, saving 10 percent off nationwide average

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (June 9, 2014) – Affordable entertainment is a signature of the Modern Woodmen Park experience, and recently released statistics from Minor League Baseball show the cost of attending a Quad Cities River Bandits game offers some of the best value for families nationwide.

A family of four can attend a River Bandits game at Modern Woodmen Park for $57.50, which is 10 percent more affordable than the national average of $63.55 for a family to attend a Minor League Baseball game at one of the 160 ballparks in the 14 domestic-based leagues. The price includes parking, two adult tickets, two child tickets, four hot dogs, two sodas, two beers and a program or scorecard.

“Making River Bandits games not just affordable, but an unbeatable value for families is always our goal,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “A game at Modern Woodmen Park is one of the best deals in the country, and with our promotional lineup and ticket and concession discounts, the savings and entertainment only get better!”

The River Bandits regularly offer discounts on tickets and concessions, with a different promotion every day of the week. Among the highlights, fans can purchase $2 ticktes and concession items on Markdown Mondays, 2-for-1 tickets and kids eat free on Tuesdays, and $2 drink specials on Thirst-Day Thursdays. IHMVCU members also have 2-for-1 kids ticket specials on Wednesdays, and 2-for-1 for all tickets on Thursdays. Group outings and picnics offer even more savings over the regular admission and concession prices.

Average Cost of Attending a Game

MiLB Class A River Bandits

Adult ticket $7.56 $7.58 $7.00

Child ticket $6.63 $6.60 $6.00

Hot Dog $3.30 $3.30 $2.75 Kids, $3.75 Adult

Soda $3.14 $3.18 $2.75

Beer $5.28 $5.33 $5.50

Program $2.35 $2.39 Free

Parking $2.78 $2.50 $2.00

Family of 4 $63.55 $63.47 $57.50

Ticket prices are based on the most economical fixed seat in a stadium on a typical night at the ballpark

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Craig Biggio Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18 for the first 1,500 fans. Tickets are available at 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.

18th Annual Fight Against Prostate Cancer Golf Outing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Quijas   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:13
Join us for the 18th Annual Rudy Quijas Fight Against Prostate Cancer Golf Outing Fundraiser on Saturday, June 21st. Call Kevin Quijas at 563-505-5055 for more details.

Iowa State Fair Sew-In Seeks Donations, Volunteers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 09 June 2014 10:49

DES MOINES, IA (06/09/2014)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Fabric and Threads Department is seeking fabric donations and volunteers for the fifth annual State Fair Sew-In. The free program offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 7-17.

Donations of five-inch wide strips (cut with the fabric) and two-yard cuts of fabric in all-cotton juvenile prints and patterns are needed for quilt fronts and backings. In addition, cash donations are needed to help cover the costs of quilt batting and materials. All donations can be dropped off at the Competitive Events Department in the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds or mailed to the Iowa State Fair Competitive Events Department: P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317-0003. All donations should be labeled for the Sew-In Project.

The Fair is also searching for sewing assistants to help Fairgoers make the simple strip quilts. Volunteers are asked to commit to four-hour shifts from Noon to 4 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. A site supervisor will be on-hand to supply materials and help with machines. All sewing assistants will receive one parking pass and an admission ticket to the Fair.

Volunteers at last year's State Fair Sew-In completed 305 quilts as a part of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild Education Committee. This year's quilts will be donated to the children at the Angel Tree Camps, Bidwell Riverside Center and families of deployed troops. Since the Sew-In began in 2009, volunteers have created 1,294 quilts for children at the University of Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Pediatric Oncology Clinic, Youth Emergency Shelter, Beloit Children's Services and Lutheran Social Services of Iowa.

The Sew-In will be open daily during the Fair from Noon to 5 p.m. in the south hallway of the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building. Fairgoers are invited to stop in and try their hand at quilting basics (no experience necessary). Each participant will receive a commemorative pin for their efforts.

If you are interested in donating, volunteering or receiving more information about the Sew-In, contact Sharon Meisenheimer by phone at 515/986-1145 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"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. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 09 June 2014 10:43
Quad Cities extends home win streak to eight, takes half-game lead over Burlington to half's final week
DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 8, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits used a pair of sixth-inning rallies to take leads they eventually held for 3-1 and 4-2 wins over the Peoria Chiefs in each game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader, which resulted in the home team taking over second place in the Midwest League Western Division first-half race in front of 4,046 at Modern Woodmen Park.
With its first victorious sweep of a doubleheader this season, Quad Cities (33-29) extended its season-high home winning streak to eight games. With one week remaining in the first half, the River Bandits lead the race for second place and a playoff berth by one-half game over Burlington (32-29) – which picked up two wins over Beloit Sunday – and one game over Peoria (32-30). Wisconsin (31-31) is two games behind Quad Cities after sweeping a Sunday doubleheader over Clinton (29-32), which fell 3 ½ games back.
In Game 1, the River Bandits took a second-inning lead, as third baseman Tyler White brought in first baseman Chase McDonald with an RBI double to left field off left-hander Rob Kaminsky. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer kept the 1-0 lead through his 3 1/3 innings, in which he allowed two hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Right-hander Andrew Walter (3-2) stranded two runners on base to end the fourth inning and kept Peoria scoreless until the sixth, when he hit left fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls with a pitch and allowed designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia's game-tying RBI double to right field. Garcia was thrown out trying to reach third base, keeping the game tied, 1-1.
Chiefs right-hander Kevin Herget (3-3) began the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk to McDonald, who was lifted for the Midwest League debut of pinch runner Jose Fernandez. Herget got a strikeout and flyout before allowing two-out walks to left fielder Jon Kemmer and catcher Brett Booth to load the bases. Left-hander Steven Sabatino entered and had a 1-2 count on shortstop Thomas Lindauer before a sharp grounder took a hop off third base into left field, scoring two runs on Lindauer's double for a 3-1 Quad Cities lead. In the top of the seventh inning, right-hander Frederick Tiburcio retired all three batters in the seventh inning for his third save.
In Game 2, the Chiefs took a first-inning lead off right-hander Andrew Thurman (3-3), as center fielder C.J. McElroy Jr. drew a leadoff walk, went to second base on a single, to third on a groundout and scored on catcher Carson Kelly's sacrifice fly. In the fourth inning, Thurman allowed a leadoff double by shortstop Juan Herrera, who went to third base on a flyout and scored on a groundout for a 2-0 lead. It was the final run against Thurman in his career-high six innings, in which he allowed four hits, walked one batter and struck out two.
Quad Cities began a comeback against right-hander Blake McKnight (1-6) with Kemmer's fourth-inning, one-out triple and Fernandez's RBI single to left field for his first Midwest League hit. The Chiefs' 2-1 lead remained until the bottom of the sixth inning, when McKnight hit White, and left fielder Ronnie Mitchell reached on an error by second baseman Robelys Reyes. Right-hander Chris Perry entered to allow Kemmer's first sacrifice of the season to put runners at second and third bases. Fernandez lifted a go-ahead, two-run single to shallow right field to cap his 2-for-3, three-RBI game, and Lindauer finished a three-RBI doubleheader with an single to left field for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh, All-Star right-hander Tyler Brunnemann struck out the first two batters before a game-ending flyout for his second save.
In Monday's 7 p.m. series finale, River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (2-3) is scheduled to face Chiefs right-hander Arturo Reyes (3-3).
UP NEXT: The Cardinals Fantacular Giveaway – including a drawing for Cardinals-Cubs tickets – highlights Monday's 7 p.m. series finale between the River Bandits and Chiefs. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Hunger Games Night presented by EPIX with a headphone giveaway for the first 1,000 fans on Markdown Monday presented by 97X, with $2 bleacher and berm tickets, beer, soda, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos. An all-you-can ride amusements pass is just $10. Tickets are available at 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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