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RIVER BANDITS GET PAST TIMBER RATTLERS IN 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:30

Quad Cities scores five runs to break 2-2, 11th-inning tie and win second straight at Wisconsin

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (APRIL 22, 2013) – With the bases empty and two outs in the top of the 11th inning, the Quad Cities River Bandits drew three straight walks, left fielder Jordan Scott hit a bases-loaded single to break a 2-2 tie with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez followed with a three-run triple to lift the visitors to a 7-2 victory Monday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Solid defense and pitching dominated the first 10 innings of play between Quad Cities (11-5) and Wisconsin (5-9). River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor turned in his best outing of the season, allowing one hit and one earned run in five innings. He allowed a leadoff single in the first inning by center fielder Tyrone Taylor, who stole second base, reached third on a fly ball and scored on a groundout by right fielder Mitch Haniger for a 1-0 Timber Rattlers lead. Minor allowed just two walks after that and finished with two strikeouts.

The River Bandits tied the game in the fourth inning, as shortstop Carlos Correa and second baseman Austin Elkins hit consecutive singles. Correa was thrown out trying to score on a ground ball by first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki, but third baseman Rio Ruiz brought home Elkins with a single to left field, tying the game 1-1 against left-hander Brent Suter.

Quad Cities took its first lead in the sixth inning, when Elkins reached on an infield single, went to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout. Designated hitter Terrell Joyce then hit a roller back to Suter, who flipped to catcher Clint Coulter, but Coulter dropped the throw as Elkins slid home safely. Coulter was called for interfering with Joyce, who reached first base without a throw. The interference was nullified since Quad Cities took the resulting play in live action.

Right-hander Lance McCullers started the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead, but he walked Taylor and allowed a two-out, game-tying double by left fielder Victor Roache. McCullers also ran into trouble in the eighth, loading the bases with a double by shortstop Orlando Arcia and two walks with one out. But he induced a ground-ball double play off the bat of first baseman Adam Giacalone to keep the 2-2 tie. McCullers finished four innings, allowing three hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out five.

Wisconsin threatened in the 10th inning against right-hander John Neely (1-1), as Taylor singled and reached second on a groundout. Haniger then bounced a ball to the grass in shallow center field that Correa fielded, and when Taylor headed for the plate, Correa fired a one-hop throw to catcher Jobduan Morales, who put down an inning-ending and game-saving tag on Taylor. Neely worked around two singles in the 11th inning to finish out the victory – the fourth in extra innings for Quad Cities this season.

With the River Bandits victories Sunday and Monday, The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain’s Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, April 23. 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 Tuesday, April 23. Quad Cities plays the series finale and six-game road trip finale at Wisconsin at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday. Right-hander Mike Hauschild (1-0) and left-hander Colton Cain (0-0) are scheduled to face Wisconsin right-hander Ryan Gibbard (0-0).

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park for a six-game home stand beginning Thursday, April 25, with Manti Te’o Night and a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by Rock 104-9, the Quad Cities’ CW, and the River Cities’ Reader. Single-game tickets 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. 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.

 
RIVER BANDITS POUND TIMBER RATTLERS, 12-5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:57

Carlos Correa homers twice, Jesse Wierzbicki adds two-run shot as Quad Cities takes series opener

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (APRIL 21, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa blasted a solo home run as the second batter of the game and added a second homer in the eighth inning Sunday evening, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki added his second home run of the season in a 12-5 rout of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Moments after the first pitch was thrown at 35 degrees following a 27-minute weather delay, Correa snapped his 0-for-12 cold spell with his second home run of the season, sending the first pitch he saw from right-hander Leonard Lorenzo (0-1) just to the left of the batter’s eye in center field. Wisconsin quickly answered against left-hander Joe Bircher. Left fielder Victor Roache launched a two-run home run to the scoreboard above two tiers of signs in left-center field in his first professional at-bat. Second baseman Chris McFarland made it back-to-back homers with his first of the season, extending the Wisconsin lead to 3-1.
Quad Cities (10-5) retook the lead in the next half-inning, as right fielder Ariel Ovando hit an RBI double to left-center field, and left fielder Jordan Scott placed a two-run, go-ahead single up the middle for a 4-3 lead. After Correa led off the third inning with an infield single, Wierzbicki extended the lead to 6-3 with a two-run home run to left field.
Bircher allowed Wisconsin (5-8) to close within 6-5 in the bottom of the third, as designated hitter Clint Coulter hit a sacrifice fly, and first baseman Adam Giacalone hit a run-scoring single to center field. But the River Bandits left-hander kept Wisconsin from pulling even, as he finished four innings, allowing seven hits, five earned runs and one walk while striking out three.
The River Bandits extended the lead in the fifth inning, as Correa drew a leadoff walk, reached second on a passed ball and scored when second baseman Austin Elkins hit a double down the right-field line. Wierzbicki followed with a walk to chase Lorenzo, and two batters later, third baseman Rio Ruiz lined a pitch from left-hander Taylor Wall to right-center field for a two-run double that made it 9-5. Lorenzo was charged with nine earned runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. He walked four batters and struck out two.
Quad Cities right-hander Michael Dimock (2-0) pitched a perfect fifth inning to qualify for the victory, and right-hander Vincent Velasquez took the ball with a 9-5 lead to start the sixth. He issued a leadoff walk to Giacalone and gave up a one-out double to third baseman Jose Sermo before retiring the final 11 Timber Rattlers, including five on strikeouts, for his second four-inning save this season.
Correa capped a 3-for-4, four-run, three-RBI day with a two-run homer against in the eighth inning against right-hander Damien Magnifico, who later threw a wild pitch that allowed Elkins to score the final tally in a 12-5 victory.
The victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, April 23. 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 Tuesday, April 23. Quad Cities and Wisconsin play again at 6:35 p.m. Monday. Right-handers Daniel Minor (1-0) and Lance McCullers (0-2) will face Timber Rattlers left-hander Brent Suter (0-1).
UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park for a six-game home stand beginning Thursday, April 25, with Manti Te’o Night and a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by Rock 104-9, the Quad Cities’ CW, and the River Cities’ Reader. Single-game tickets 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. 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 began the season with a great start, and they sit in second place in the Midwest League's Western Division. Meanwhile, the team's 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 the ballpark, along with a new dual zip line, a carousel, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft on June 6 and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!

 
COUGARS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER FROM BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:37

Rock Shoulders goes 5-for-6 with two home runs and four RBIs, as Quad Cities loses its first series

GENEVA, Ill. (APRIL 20, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits’ run of success at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark ended with a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Kane County Cougars, who rode a 5-for-6, two-homer performance from Rock Shoulders to 7-3 and 4-3 seven-inning home victories Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars (6-8) grabbed momentum early in Game 1, as they scored five runs in 2 1/3 innings against left-handed starter Brian Holmes (0-1). Shoulders led off the second inning with a double, advanced to third on an infield single by second baseman Wes Darvill, and scored on the first of two sacrifice flies by center fielder Trey Martin.

Kane County had four straight hits against Holmes to start the third, and he was removed with one out and a 4-0 deficit. Right-hander Cameron Lamb allowed Martin's second sacrifice fly, closing the book on Holmes with eight hits, five earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Opposite him, right-hander Pierce Johnson (1-0) lasted five innings, allowing three hits and an unearned run while striking out six to defeat the team that beat him on Opening Day.

Down 5-0, Quad Cities (9-5) scored a run on right fielder Ariel Ovando's fourth-inning RBI single, but the Cougars added runs in the fourth and sixth, when Shoulders took right-hander Gerardo Sanchez deep to right field for a 7-1 lead. River Bandits center fielder Teoscar Hernandez's seventh-inning two-run double closed the scoring in a 7-3 final.

In Game 2, Shoulders put the Cougars up 1-0 with a first-inning RBI single against right-hander Jordan Jankowski. After Quad Cities' two-run top of the fourth, Shoulders tied the game with a homer off Jankowski to right leading off the bottom half. Jankowski allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and no strikeouts in three-plus innings. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson (0-1) escaped the fourth inning with a 2-2 tie, but he gave up a go-ahead single by Shoulders in the fifth.

River Bandits first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki hit his second RBI single to tie the game in the sixth inning. But the next half-inning, Cougars shortstop Marco Hernandez hit a go-ahead triple over the head of left fielder Jordan Scott. With a 4-3 lead, left-hander Jeff Antigua worked a scoreless seventh to save a win for right-hander Tayler Scott, who worked six innings, allowed five hits, three runs and a walk while striking out four.

After their first series loss, the River Bandits head to Wisconsin for a three-game set beginning at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. The doubleheader sweep and a win by Cedar Rapids dropped Quad Cities one-half game out of first place in the Midwest League Western Division.

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park for a six-game home stand beginning Thursday, April 25, with Manti Te’o Night and a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by Rock 104-9, the Quad Cities’ CW, and the River Cities’ Reader. Single-game tickets 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. 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 began the season with a great start, winning each of their first five games and currently sit in first place in the Midwest League's Western Division. Meanwhile, the team's 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 the ballpark, along with a new dual zip line, a carousel, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft on June 6 and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!

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BANDITS ADDING AMUSEMENT RIDES FOR 2013! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 22 April 2013 15:13

New rides planned include a Ferris wheel, dual zip line, carousel, Frog Hopper and 4-D Ride Theater

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 19, 2013) – The Modern Woodmen Park experience is about family-friendly fun, and this season Main Street Amusements is enhancing the ballpark to a whole new level. The Quad Cities River Bandits are set to become the first team in Minor League Baseball to bring a Ferris wheel inside its ballpark. But they are not stopping there. The River Bandits will also be adding a dual zip line, a carousel, a Mediacom Frog Hopper and, if the team receives approval from the Davenport Levee Commission, a 4-D Ride Theater. The team will also be adding four new bounce houses and a new 25-foot tall rock climbing wall as part of its Jumpin’ Joey’s Children’s Play Area. In the process, they will become the first minor league team to open its home seven days a week – both game days and non-game days – during the season for the public to enjoy the new attractions.

Main Street Amusements is working with the City of Davenport and multiple amusement ride companies on the aforementioned projects, all of which will debut at the ballpark this summer.

“We are always looking for creative  ways that families can enjoy affordable family fun and make memorable experiences at our ballpark, and the new amusement rides will be fantastic, unique, and affordable entertainment for the entire community to enjoy every night of the week,” said River Bandits owner and Main Street Amusements president Dave Heller. “All of these great attractions will highlight the ballpark and the Quad Cities as a one-of-a-kind destination for inexpensive family fun!”

The Ferris wheel from Chance Rides will tower to 112 feet above the playing field and be located beyond the left-field fence atop the berm. It will be entirely inside the ballpark and connected to the berm by a new boardwalk. Its opening is planned for late June, though flooding in Davenport could push the date back.

“We are ecstatic about partnering with the River Bandits and Main Street Amusements to make Modern Woodmen Park the first ballpark to create such a huge amusement experience,” said Chance Rides president Mike Chance. “We have enjoyed working with Dave Heller and his outstanding team, and we share their vision of bringing more unique and affordable family-friendly fun to the Quad Cities.”

Main Street Amusements is planning to have the pair of zip lines, the Fly Wire™, in different locations on game days and non-game days. Game days will feature the Fly Wire™ zip lines outside the ballpark, while the non-game days will give riders the incredible experience of gliding over the playing field at Modern Woodmen Park. The zip lines come from California-based Extreme Engineering, the world’s largest supplier in award-winning zip lines, climbing walls and adventure products to the entertainment industry.

“The Fly Wire™ zip lines are going to not only provide additional thrills at the ballpark, but a great view of the baseball field,” said Matt Rehnstrom, sales account manager for Extreme Engineering. “The zip lines will be a great promotional vehicle and exciting attraction for the fans in the Quad Cities.”

The carousel will be located in the right-field corner of the ballpark. The Frog Hopper will come to the ballpark in May and be located inside the Jumpin’ Joey’s Children’s Play area next to the Party Plaza along the right-field line, next to a new 25-foot-tall rock-climbing wall.

With a colorful and kid-friendly design, the Frog Hopper, sponsored by Mediacom, bounces up to seven riders comfortably along a tower as they sit in a row looking over the playing field for a one-of-a-kind view of the stadium as they “hop alongside” the Mississippi River. The Frog Hopper is an amusement ride from manufacturer S & S Worldwide, Inc. (www.engineeringexcitement.com), which has more than 400 rides in 30 countries around the world.

“S&S Worldwide is excited for our joint venture with the River Bandits and Main Street Amusements to combine amusement rides and baseball with the addition of a Frog Hopper to Modern Woodmen Park,” said Toby Garcia, North American Sales Representative for S&S Worldwide/Sansei Technologies. “With more than 250 Frog Hoppers worldwide, this ride is a family favorite that will delight kids in the Quad Cities and across the region.”

The River Bandits are also partnering with SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment to bring a 4-D Ride Theater to the ballpark, pending Levee Commission approval. A 4-D Theater shows short (5-6 minute) films with 3-D visual effects and the added thrills of the physical experience, such as seat movement and an added sense of smell and touch. The planned 4-D Experience at Modern Woodmen Park will feature several motion-based films in high-definition 3-D with added in-theater special effects.  Join Speed Racer (SPEED RACER MOVIE: © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. SPEED RACER:™ Speed Racer Enterprises, Inc. (s13)) on a six-minute, full-throttle adventure as you hurtle down the track, careening around, over and through the competition in Speed Racer Grand Prix.  The 4-D Ride Theater will also include Dino Island – one of SimEx-Iwerks’ top performing ride films and Pirates Rapids, a seemingly harmless water slide adventure that quickly takes a turn for the worst as you are whisked away to a land of pirates.

SimEx-Iwerks is the leading innovator of immersive 3-D and 4-D Attractions and the exclusive distributor of the industry’s best selling film titles. The company supports over 150 family-friendly attractions in more than 30 countries. Its attractions entertain and educate over 80 million people every year— bringing a whole new dimension to the guest experience.

“We are excited to open this popular attraction at Modern Woodmen Park – the first ballpark in the country to offer multiple amusement rides,” said Mark Cornell, Senior Vice President, Attractions Development.  “We have chosen our opening lineup carefully and these titles offer something for everyone.”

The amusement rides will complement the largest set of promotions in the history of the Quad Cities franchise.

“As the River Bandits spring into a new season, we are eager to share the new amusements and all of the family-friendly entertainment our fans will experience at Modern Woodmen Park this year,” said General Manager Harold Craw. “We can’t wait to see fans enjoying the new rides and another memorable summer at the ballpark.”

UP NEXT: Tickets for the 2013 season are now on sale! Call 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com. It’s not too late lock in your season ticket plan for the 2013 season! Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today at 563-324-3000 to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
Local students competing on Bemidji State women’s track and field team PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 April 2013 15:03

April 18, 2013 – The Bemidji State University women’s track team is competing with 37 members on its roster for the 2012-2013 season. The team was ranked 11th in the preseason NSIC coaches poll.

 

In his 23 years as head coach for track and field at Bemidji State, Craig Hougen has earned six NSIC Coach of the Year honors.

For more information about Beaver track and field, visit bsubeavers.com.

Members of Bemidji State University’s women’s track and field team are listed below, by hometown

 

MINNESOTA

Alexandria |56308| Tess Boucher, sophomore, nursing; distance

Andover |55304| Mackenzie Haupert, junior, exercise science; distance

Argyle |56713| Nicole Crummy, freshman, undecided; distance

Becker |55308| Nikki Anderson, freshman, elementary education; hurdler, multi

Bemidji |56601| Mikayla Connell, freshman, nursing; distance

Big Lake |55309| Sara Churness, senior, physical education; distance, jumper

Bingham |56118| Emily Turner, sophomore; biology; distance

Blaine |55434| Kayla Alexander, sophomore, sport management; hurdler

Blaine |55449 | Marisa Olgrady, junior, sociology; pole vault

Braham |55006| Austyn Eng, freshman, mass communication; distance

Chisholm |55719| Tia Lindberg, junior, criminal justice; sprinter

Coon Rapids |55433 | Emily Paquin, sophomore, biology; distance

Crookston |56716| Ciara Brewster, freshman, nursing; thrower

Cyrus |56323| Tina Larson, senior-captain, early childhood education; distance

Dawson |56232| Sara Melom, freshman, elementary education; sprinter, jumper

Duluth |55811| Sonja Barr, freshman, nursing; sprinter

Elk River |55330| Dani Detloff, freshman, undecided; sprinter, jumper

Esko |55733| Jolynne Denman, freshman, english; distance

Faribault |55021| Jessica Meyer, sophomore, elementary education; distance

Faribault |55021| Sammie Taube, sophomore, physical education; distance

Floodwood |55736| Ashley Larva, senior-captain, social work; hurdler

Fridley |55432| Carly Schwint, sophomore, nursing; sprinter, jumper

Grand Rapids |55744| Jessica Cagle, junior, criminal justice; thrower

Grand Rapids |55744| Brittany Koss, freshman, nursing; distance, jumper

Grand Rapids |55448| Gina Padrnos, junior, exercise science; thrower

Grove City |56243| Denna Hegg, sophomore, undecided; thrower

Hutchinson |55350| Caitlyn Quast, sophomore, marketing communication; pole vaulter

Owatonna |55060| Bethany Thompson, senior, physical education; jumper

Rosemount |55068| Kaneeshia Johnson, freshman, business administration; sprinter, jumper

Tamarack |55787| Taylor Sautbine, senior-captain, exercise science; hurdler, multi

DELAWARE

New Castle |19720| Jamie Piatt, sophomore, biology; thrower

IOWA

Davenport |52803| Melissa Youngblut, freshman, elementary education; sprinter

NORTH DAKOTA

Grand Forks |58203| Sydney Lund, freshman, undecided; sprinter

Wahpeton |58075| Kasey Lasch, sophomore, undecided; distance

Williston |58801| Hailey Horob, freshman, psychology; pole vault

PENNSYLVANIA

Thorndale |19372| Stephanie Price, junior, biology; thrower

ARIZONA

Scottsdale |85260| Phuong Dy Le, sophomore, exercise science; pole vault

About Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.

For further information about the University, visit http://www.bemidjistate.edu.

Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BemidjiState or follow us on Twitter at @BemidjiState.

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