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Bowling for Music! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014 07:54
Show your support for the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles through the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Bowl-a-thon! This year more than 280 kids pursued their dream of musical excellence by committing many hours to practice, rehearsal, and live performances. Now they'll take a turn at bowling to help support the QCSYEs.

The Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestra program has five performance ensembles for students grades two through twelve. Ensemble members are from the metro Quad Cities as well as outlying areas. Members have the opportunity to play with the most talented musicians in the area under the regular direction of the QCSYEs conducting staff, have coaching sessions with professional QCSO musicians, and rehearse under QCSO director Mark Russell Smith.

QCSYEs presents three concerts each year including our new, annual Side by Side Concert on which all ensembles perform with the group immediately more advanced up to a performance by the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony. Other activities include season opening retreat at Augustana College, YSO performance at Riverfront Pops, Youth Choir performance at Holiday Pops, a Concerto Competition the Grand Prize Winner of which will perform with the Quad City Symphony at the SxS concert, and many other fun events!  All QCSYEs members get free tickets to every QCSO concerts and discounted tickets for companions.

Please help us continue to offer these unmatched regional opportunities by supporting a bowler or a team. Find a bowler to support by clicking here.

 
AIDED BY 10 WALKS, BANDITS OVERTAKE KERNELS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:26
Tyler White and Ronnie Mitchell each post three hits to help Quad Cities snap three-series losing skid

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 7, 2014) – Trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning Wednesday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits drew six walks to tie the game without the help of a hit, and a bases-loaded, eighth-inning walk drawn by shortstop Jack Mayfield gave the home team the lead in an eventual 7-3 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of 1,182 at Modern Woodmen Park.

One day after collecting a season-high 18 hits, Quad Cities (14-18) drew a season-high 10 walks in addition to nine hits Wednesday to win consecutive games for the first time in two weeks. The series win over Cedar Rapids (18-14) was also the River Bandits' first in two weeks.

The Kernels had the early momentum, however. River Bandits left-hander Evan Grills began the game by allowing singles to designated hitter J.D. Williams and second baseman Logan Wade. First baseman Chad Christensen hit a ground ball to Mayfield, who was unsuccessful in attempting to force out Williams at third base. With the bases loaded, Grills induced a ground-ball double play – the first of a season-high three turned by Quad Cities – that brought in a run. Right fielder Zack Larson hit a high chopper for an infield RBI single to make it 2-0. After a walk, third baseman Bryan Haar singled to left field, and Ronnie Mitchell threw out Larson trying to score.

In the second inning, Kernels center fielder Jason Kanzler had a leadoff bunt single, and shortstop Engelb Vielma doubled past first baseman Conrad Gregor. With runners at second and third, Williams hit a sacrifice fly to advance both runners, but Wade grounded to second baseman Chan-Jong Moon, who threw home to retire Vielma. Grills picked Wade off first base to end the inning with a 3-0 deficit. Grills then allowed just two hits the next three innings to complete five innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs.

Kernels right-hander Kohl Stewart shut out Quad Cities for the first five innings. He scattered five hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Although he allowed only one runner to reach third base, the River Bandits stranded seven runners on base in the first five innings.

In the sixth inning, Kernels left-hander Derrick Penilla made his Midwest League debut and retired White on a leadoff groundout. That was the only ball put in fair play in the inning, but eight more batters came to the plate. Penilla walked Mitchell before striking out designated hitter Chase McDonald. With two outs, Penilla walked catcher Brett Booth, center fielder Brett Phillips and right fielder James Ramsay in order to force in a run. Right-hander Yorman Landa (3-1) entered to promptly walk Moon for another run, and a passed ball by catcher Mitch Garver allowed the tying run to score. Landa walked Mayfield for the fifth straight of the inning before striking out Gregor.

In a 3-3 tie, Landa pitched into the eighth inning, when he hit Phillips with a one-out, 0-2 pitch. Ramsay ripped a double to right field to move the go-ahead run to third base, and right-hander Hudson Boyd came in to issue consecutive walks to Moon (his team-season-high fourth of the game) and Mayfield, with the latter scoring the go-ahead run. Gregor added a sacrifice fly, and White and Mitchell hit RBI singles to cap each of their three-hit games. The River Bandits have had nine batters in an inning three times in the last two games.

Right-hander Edison Frias (1-1) earned the win by allowing two walks and a hit in the scoreless sixth through eighth innings. Right-hander Andrew Walter worked around a leadoff walk for a scoreless ninth. The bullpen allowed one Kernel to reach second base.

Quad Cities seeks its first three-game winning streak since April 13 in a home series opener against Beloit at 7 p.m. Thursday.

UP NEXT: Thirst-Day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9 and the River Cities' Reader means $2 drink specials for the 7 p.m. game at Modern Woodmen Park. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. 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, is opening in May, along with a carousel, 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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WHITE'S FIVE HITS HELP BANDITS ROUT KERNELS PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:58
Quad Cities builds 8-1 lead through two innings to snap three-game losing streak

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 6, 2014) – Tyler White became the first River Bandit in nearly two years with a five-hit game, and every player in the Quad Cities lineup had at least one of the team's season-high 18 hits in a 10-4 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of a season-high 5,206 on Tuesday at Modern Woodmen Park.

White became the first River Bandit with five hits in a game since June 10, 2012, when Tyler Rahmatulla tied a Midwest League record with six hits – including two home runs, two singles and two doubles – in a 16-15, 11-inning loss at Burlington. The 18 hits for the River Bandits Tuesday were their most since they posted 20 hits in an 18-7 win June 11, 2012 at Burlington.

After being held to four hits by the Kernels Monday, Quad Cities (13-18) started immediately with four straight hits against left-hander Josue Montanez (0-1). Center fielder James Ramsay lined a leadoff single to center field, and second baseman Chan-Jong Moon grounded an RBI triple down the third-base line. With the infield in, designated hitter Jack Mayfield bounced a hit past shortstop Engelb Vielma to score Moon. First baseman Chase McDonald then lined a single to right field. Two batters later, White singled through the left side of the infield to score Mayfield for a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the second inning, River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-2) allowed a leadoff home run by Kernels first baseman Bryan Haar. But that was the only run he allowed in the first two innings, when he struck out four of the first eight Kernels batters.

In the bottom of the second, Montanez retired the first two batters, before Ramsay became the first baserunner with a two-out walk. Moon lined his second RBI triple down the left-field line to become the first River Bandit with a two-triple game since Jordan Scott hit two Sept. 2, 2013, against Beloit. Mayfield followed with an RBI single to left field, and McDonald and right fielder Ronnie Mitchell drew consecutive walks to end Montanez's day. Right-hander Todd Van Steensel entered to face White, who drove a three-run double over the head of right fielder Zack Larson to extend the lead to 8-1.

Cedar Rapids (18-13) began to close the deficit against Gustave, who began the third inning with a hit batter, walk, hit batter and designated hitter Mitch Garver's RBI single. A ground-ball double play brought in another run for an 8-3 score. In the fourth inning, Gustave allowed consecutive one-out walks and a single by left fielder J.D. Williams that loaded the bases. Left-hander Chris Cotton (1-2) relieved Gustave and got a fielder's choice that brought in one run to make it 8-4, followed by an inning-ending groundout. After Gustave was charged with four earned runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings, Cotton retired every batter in the fifth and sixth innings to complete 2 2/3 hitless innings. Right-hander Kevin Comer followed by allowing two hits in three scoreless innings to earn his second three-inning save in as many Midwest League appearances.

Quad Cities scored in the fourth on Mitchell's first Midwest League home run, followed by White's single for his third hit. Ramsay doubled and scored on McDonald's RBI single in the fifth to make it 10-4. White singled in the sixth and doubled in the seventh to go 5-for-5.

By snapping a three-game losing streak, Quad Cities set a rubber match against Cedar Rapids for 7 p.m. Wednesday. River Bandits left-hander Evan Grills (1-0) is scheduled to face Kernels right-hander Kohl Stewart (1-1).

UP NEXT: The Book Buddies program graduates will be recognized Tuesday at the 11 a.m. River Bandits game presented by Pepsi, WOC and Q106.5. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. 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, is opening in May, along with a carousel, 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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PHILLIPS, SANUDO WIN ASTROS’ APRIL HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:31

Outfielder earns first career honor, right-hander recognized for second time in his career

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (May 5, 2014) – Outfielder Brett Phillips is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for April, and right-handed pitcher Gonzalo Sanudo is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Monday.

The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their four in-season minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. Former River Bandits infielders Jon Singleton and Tony Kemp were also named Players of the Month at Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class-A Advanced Lancaster, respectively.

Houston’s sixth-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and the youngest player on the Quad Cities roster, Phillips posted a .301 batting average with three triples, two home runs and a team-high 13 RBIs in April. The 19-year-old Seminole, Fla., native had a .394 on-base percentage, .446 slugging percentage, and .840 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) in 23 games. Phillips did not commit an error in April.

Sanudo won his second Pitcher of the Month award in the Houston minor league system since being acquired in a trade with Minnesota March 25, 2013. Also the August 2013 Pitcher of the Month for short-season Class-A Tri-City, Sanudo went 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in the month of April, allowing just one earned run in 18 innings. The Tabasco, Mexico, native gave up his first run of the season April 27 at Peoria, which snapped a streak of 40 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to July 9 of last season. Sanudo fanned 14 in 18 innings over five games, including two starts.

UP NEXT: The Book Buddies program will be recognized Tuesday at the 11 a.m. River Bandits game presented by Pepsi, WOC and Q106.5. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. 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, is opening in May, along with a carousel, 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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KERNELS' THREE-RUN EIGHTH DOWNS BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:05
Held to four hits by Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities suffers its third straight loss

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 5, 2014) – Cedar Rapids Kernels designated hitter B.K. Santy drove a bases-loaded two-run double to the right-field wall to break a 2-2, eighth-inning tie, leading his team to a 5-2 Monday night win over the Quad Cities River Bandits in front of 1,343 at Modern Woodmen Park.

River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman kept Cedar Rapids (18-12) scoreless the first two innings. He struck out three batters and stranded runners at first and second base in the second. But in the top of the third, Kernels shortstop Engelb Vielma hit a leadoff single, and second baseman Logan Wade added a one-out double to put runners at second and third bases. With two outs, Thurman walked catcher Mitch Garver to load the bases. Right fielder Zack Larson lined 3-2 pitch for a two-run single to right field and went to second base on a missed-catch error by catcher Brian Holberton at home plate.

After facing eight batters in the third inning, Thurman kept the Kernels off the board for the rest of his five-inning outing. He set down seven of the final eight he faced to complete five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The River Bandits (12-18) began their comeback against right-hander Ethan Mildren with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as designated hitter Chase McDonald clobbered his first home run of the season off the center field batter's eye to cut the lead to 2-1. Right fielder Brett Phillips then started the sixth inning by reaching on an errant throw by Wade from second base. After second baseman Chan-Jong Moon's sacrifice and a single by third baseman Tyler White, first baseman Conrad Gregor grounded into a fielder's choice that brought home Phillips when Gregor beat the relay throw to first base.

River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (0-1) worked around walks in the sixth and seventh innings to keep the 2-2 tie. With one out in the eighth, however, Larson beat out a high chopper to shortstop for an infield single, and Lee walked left fielder Ivory Thomas. Third baseman Bryan Haar then bounced a ball high to the third-base side of the pitcher's mound for the second infield single of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Santy smacked his only hit to the opposite field, scoring both Larson and Thomas. The next batter, Vielma, lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to extend the 5-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Kernels left-hander Brandon Bixler (2-1) allowed consecutive one-out walks by Moon and White before retiring Gregor on a groundout and striking out shortstop Jack Mayfield. Bixler tossed two hitless innings with three walks and one strikeout, before right-hander Hudson Boyd entered to complete a perfect ninth inning.

Quad Cities will seek to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Cedar Rapids at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave is scheduled to face Kernels left-hander Josue Montanez (0-0).

 
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