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BANDITS WITHIN ONE WIN OF TITLE AFTER GAME 2 SHUTOUT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 13 September 2013 08:09

Quad Cities pitches first playoff shutout to take 2-0 lead in Midwest League Championship Series

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (SEPT. 12, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits left-hander Joe Bircher, right-hander Jamaine Cotton, and left-hander J.D. Osborne combined for the team's first shutout of the postseason in a 5-0 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks at Four Winds Field at Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium in Game 2 of the Midwest League Championship Series Thursday night.

 

Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup and will play any and all remaining games at home at Modern Woodmen Park. The River Bandits' first chance to win their second title in three seasons is Game 3 at 7 p.m. Saturday. Left-hander Josh Hader (2-0 regular season, 1-0 postseason) is scheduled to face Silver Hawks right-hander Aaron Blair (0-2 regular season, 2-0 postseason).

 

The River Bandits scored their first run with one out in the second inning, when first baseman and former Silver Hawk Bobby Borchering crushed a pitch from right-hander Blake Perry (0-1) off the scoreboard in right-center field for his first postseason home run. In the bottom of the second, Silver Hawks first baseman Rudy Flores and second baseman Fidel Pena hit consecutive singles off Bircher (1-0), and Flores went to third base on a flyout by catcher Roidany Aguila. Right fielder Mike Lang tried a squeeze bunt up the first-base line, but Borchering threw to catcher Roberto Pena, who hung on to the ball for the tag despite being knocked on his back side by Flores.

 

Perry struggled with command in the fourth inning, as he issued a one-out walk to left fielder Danry Vasquez and in the course of an 11-pitch battle with Borchering, threw three wild pitches – the last coming on ball four to put Borchering at first and bring home Vasquez. Third baseman Rio Ruiz followed with a double to the right-center field gap that scored Borchering and chased Perry. After Ruiz stole third base and Pena walked against right-hander Jesse Darrah, right fielder Jordan Scott pushed a bunt toward first that scored Ruiz.

 

With a 4-0 lead, Bricher allowed two walks and a hit in the fourth inning to load the bases. Designated hitter Michael Perez then hit a fly ball to shallow right-center field, and Scott made the catch before firing toward home plate, where Pena tagged out Flores for the second time in three innings to complete the inning-ending double play. In the fifth, Bircher allowed consecutive one-out singles before getting a flyout and strikeout to finish five innings, having allowed six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

 

In the top of the sixth, Ruiz hit a two-out double, and Pena delivered the game's only hit with a runner in scoring position – an RBI single that scored Ruiz for a 5-0 lead. Right-hander Jamaine Cotton started the bottom of the sixth and retired all nine batters he faced, including six straight strikeouts in the seventh and eighth, to work three perfect innings. Left-hander J.D. Osborne started the bottom of the ninth and hit Lang with a pitch with two outs – ending a string of 13 consecutive batters retired by Quad Cities pitchers. He got Perez to ground out to first base, ending Quad Cities first playoff shutout since Sept. 10, 2011, in Game 1 of the divisional final against Kane County.

 

Thursday's victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Saturday, Sept. 14. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits' victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Saturday, Sept. 14.

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits will give away nine DVD players – one for each inning – and nine baseball-themed movies courtesy of American TV & Appliance in Davenport at the first Championship Series home game at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks will follow the game, and 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos are $1 each. All regular individual tickets are $5 each at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 

ABOUT THE BANDITS: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-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 Championship Series will likely be the last chance for Quad Cities fans to see 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and many other future stars in a River Bandits uniform.

 

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BANDITS TAKE ANOTHER NAIL-BITER IN GAME 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:05

Quad Cities opens Championship Series with yet another playoff pitchers' duel win over South Bend

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (SEPT. 11, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski struck out a season-high nine batters in seven innings, right fielder Jordan Scott hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning, and third baseman Rio Ruiz hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning of a 3-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks in the opener of the Midwest League Championship Series at Four Winds Field at Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium Wednesday night.

 

Opening its second Midwest League Championship Series in three seasons, Quad Cities took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup. Game 2 will be at 6:05 p.m. Thursday in South Bend, with River Bandits left-hander Joe Bircher (3-3 regular season, 1-0 postseason) scheduled to face Silver Hawks right-hander Blake Perry (8-7, 0-0). Game 3 will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park.

 

Quad Cities took a lead in the third inning against South Bend right-hander Braden Shipley. Designated hitter Brian Blasik drew a one-out walk, and second baseman Tony Kemp reached on an infield single toward third. Both advanced when center fielder Teoscar Hernandez flied out to center field. Shortstop Carlos Correa and left fielder Danry Vasquez each walked to force home the first run.

 

Devenski (1-0) kept the 1-0 lead despite lone doubles in the second and third innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Silver Hawks first baseman Rudy Flores hit a one-out double, and second baseman Fidel Pena cracked a two-run home run to right-center field, giving his team its first lead of the game at 2-1. Devenski then retired 11 of 13 batters, including six on strikeouts, to finish his outing.

 

Shipley held the lead until Scott led off the seventh with his first home run since June 24, 2012, with the Lexington Legends. In a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh, Devenski allowed a one-out single by Silver Hawks designated hitter Justin Williams but stranded him at third by striking out left fielder Chuck Taylor. South Bend went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.

 

In the eighth inning, Correa hit a leadoff single to chase right-hander Kyle Winkler (0-1). Vasquez then grounded into a fielder's choice against left-hander Daniel Gibson, who threw a wild pick-off attempt to first base that moved Vasquez to third with one out. Gibson struck out first baseman Bobby Borchering, but Ruiz fought to a 2-2 count before grounding his first hit of the game through the right side to score Vasquez with two outs for a 3-2 lead. It was Quad Cities' only hit in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position.

 

Right-hander Patrick Christensen inherited the lead and got two of the first three hitters in the eighth. With center fielder Socrates Brito at first base from his one-out single, right-hander Andrew Walter struck out Flores to end the inning. In the ninth, Pena hit a leadoff single against Walter and went to second base on a sacrifice. Walter then got a strikeout and flyout to left field to earn his third postseason save.

 

Wednesday's victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Thursday, Sept. 12. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits' victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Thursday, Sept. 12.

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits will give away nine DVD players – one for each inning – and nine baseball-themed movies courtesy of American TV & Appliance in Davenport at the first Championship Series home game at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks will follow the game, and 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos are $1 each. All regular individual tickets are $5 each at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 

ABOUT THE BANDITS: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-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 Championship Series will likely be the last chance for Quad Cities fans to see 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and many other future stars in a River Bandits uniform.

 
Mallards Ink Rookie Yaworski PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:00
MOLINE, Ill. (September 11, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed rookie defenseman Tyler Yaworski, the Mallards announced today.

“Tyler has good size and is a physical, stay at home defenseman who moves the puck well and can be a leader on the ice for us,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.

Before arriving in the Quad Cities, Yaworski, 21, will get his first taste of professional hockey when he skates in the training camp of the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild.  The Mallards last month entered an affiliation agreement with both the Iowa Wild and the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild.

Yaworksi, a 6’ 3”, 200-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, spent the last four seasons in the major junior Western Hockey League, where he played for the Saskatoon Blades (for one game), Prince Albert Raiders and Brandon Wheat Kings.  Yaworski last season scored three goals and totaled a dozen points while piling up 147 penalty minutes in 63 games with the Wheat Kings.  Over the course of his junior career, Yaworski produced eight goals and 47 points in 227 games.  He also accumulated 525 WHL penalty minutes and easily topped 100 PIM’s each of the last three seasons.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards

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CHAMPIONSHIP-ROUND PLAYOFFS, FIREWORKS, MEGA-DVD PLAYER & BASEBALL MOVIE GIVEAWAY ALL THIS SATURDAY! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:00

River Bandits continue $1 drink and food specials, $5 for all regular individual seating


DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 11, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits seek to win their second Midwest League Championship in three seasons beginning Wednesday night in South Bend, Ind., and fans will see the best-of-five 2013 Midwest League Championship decided on the field of Modern Woodmen Park this weekend, along with a championship set of promotions.

 

The River Bandits, along with American TV & Appliance in Davenport, will give away nine DVD players – one for every inning – and nine DVDs featuring a baseball-themed movie during the first Championship Series home game against the South Bend Silver Hawks at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks, presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, will follow Game 3 that night, when the team will again offer 12-ounce beer and soda for just $1 each, as well as $1 hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and all regular individual seats are on sale for $5 each. The same concession and ticket prices will also apply for a possible Game 4 at 5 p.m. Sunday and possible winner-take-all Game 5 at 7 p.m. Monday.

 

“The River Bandits have kept rolling in the playoffs to the Midwest League Championship Series, so we will continue to roll out a championship promotional lineup – with a baseball movie and DVD player giveaway, the same great playoff concession and ticket specials, capped with another great fireworks show,” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “We continue to celebrate and thank the people of the Quad Cities for their support, and for the second time in three seasons, they will see a league championship decided at the Best Minor League Ballpark in the country!”

 

Groups may call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 to book a group area or suite for Saturday, Sunday or Monday night of the Championship Series.

 

Games 1 and 2 of the Midwest League Championship Series will be played Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, at Four Winds Field at Stanley Coveleski Stadium in South Bend. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. Central each night. Every game of the Midwest League Championship Series is broadcasted live presented by Mediacom at www.riverbandits.com.

 

Quad Cities is making its 11th Midwest League Championship Series appearance since joining the Midwest League in 1960. Quad Cities previously reached the championship round in 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, and 2011. The franchise has won five titles – in 1968, 1971, 1979, 1990 and 2011.


UP NEXT: Tickets for the 2013 Midwest League Championship Series are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Saturday's playoff game will again feature all regular individual seats for $5 each, and 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos will each be $1. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 

ABOUT THE BANDITS: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team unveiled a new 300-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 Championship Series will likely be the last chance for Quad Cities fans to see 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and many other future stars in a River Bandits uniform.

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Come down to Centennial Park after school to play! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:05

Centennial Park down by the river is a great place to spend your after school hours! We've got an outdoor skateboard park, basketball courts, and a concession stand offering snacks and refreshments for only $1!

 

With early school out days every Wednesday, it's a great place for your kids to spend an afternoon!  The concession stand will open early on school out days and early dismissal days.

Normal concession stand hours:

Tuesday 4-8,

Wednesday 2-8,

Thursday 4-8,

Friday 4-8,

Sat 12-8,

Sun 12-8

(Open early hours on school out and early dismissal days)

 
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