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Written by Bob Hellman   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:40

Big Prizes to be Awarded by Sponsor Seeking StoriesWATERLOO, IOWA (April 22, 2013) – Youth baseball and softball seasons are infull swing, and the Quad Cities River Bandits want area kids to have a chance at winning big for their teams.In celebration of Youth Baseball Softball Day on May 19, Iowa nonprofit Build Our Ballpark is sponsoring a promotion that awards each player and coach from the winner’s team a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.“In 2009, Governor Culver helped us proclaim this holiday statewide,” said Bob Hellman, Build Our Ballpark founder and executive director. “We hope it will grow intoa national event, especially with activities like this giveaway.”To enter, players age four to 14 should submit one to two paragraphs or a short video about why they love to play baseball or softball and what they’ve learned by playing.Entries will be accepted at from May 19 to June 19, witha winner being drawn June 20.The winner’s team will receive a $50 gift card for each player and coach to purchase items like cleats, gloves and apparel.“We can’t wait to hear how baseball and softball have affected kids’ lives in apositive way,” said Hellman. “I bet a lot of their stories will sound like the ones I lovedto tell at that age."

To learn more about the promotion and help children enter, visit Build Our Ballpark/Youth Baseball Softball DayCreated in 2008, Build Our Ballpark was the vision of Bob Hellman Sr., the founder and chairman of the board at Hellman, a marketing and advertising agency in Waterloo, Iowa. The organization is committed to providing the assistance and rallying the support needed to build new ballparks and/or improve existing ballparks to ensure kids have a quality place to play. In 2009, Build Our Ballpark helped create Youth Baseball Softball Day, an official state holiday celebrated on May 19 as declared by Governor Chet Culver. That night, the first games were played under the new lights at Hellman Field. By promoting teamwork, strengthening character, building pride and teaching life skills, Build Our Ballpark is rebuilding passion in America’s pastime – one field at a time. For more information, please visit

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:14

Quad Cities loses 3-0, fifth-inning lead to drop first game at Coveleski Stadium since 2011

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (MAY 1, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits entered the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night with a 3-0 lead on the road over the South Bend Silver Hawks, but the home team rallied for four runs on five hits in the next three innings to win their sixth straight game, 4-3, at Coveleski Stadium.


Quad Cities (15-9) built a lead with single runs in the first, second and fourth innings against Silver Hawks left-hander Daniel Watts (4-0). Shortstop Joe Sclafani singled as the second batter of the game, advanced to third base on a double by second baseman Austin Elkins, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesse Wierzbicki.


River Bandits catcher Roberto Peña led off the second inning with a double to left-center field and scored on right fielder Terrell Joyce’s double to right-center. Two innings later, Peña and Joyce helped extend the lead, as they each singled to put runners at first and second bases. Left fielder Jordan Scott then singled to left field, but when Peña was held at third base, Joyce was tagged out between second and third, while Scott went to second base. With two outs, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez grounded a ball deep in the hole at shortstop, and shortstop Pedro Ruiz dove to slow the hit in shallow left field before picking up the ball to throw out Scott at the plate to end the inning.


After that, Quad Cities had two singles in the fifth inning against Watts, who set down the next eight batters to end his outing with seven innings pitched, 10 hits, three earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts for the Silver Hawks (17-6).


Meanwhile, River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning after allowing only three hits through the first four. Center fielder Breland Almadova started the Silver Hawks’ rallyw tih a single to right field, and with two outs, Minor hit Ruiz with a pitch before second baseman Kevin Medrano drove a ball to left-center field that went off the glove of Hernandez and allowed two runs to score. Minor retired the next batter to finish five innings with five hits, two runs, no walks and two strikeouts.


With a 3-2 lead, right-hander Lance McCullers (0-3) started the sixth inning by allowing singles to third baseman Brandon Drury and first baseman Ryan Court. Consecutive groundouts by right fielder Socrates Brito and catcher Roidany Aguila advanced each runner two bases to tie the game, 3-3. In the seventh inning, Ruiz reached on a leadoff bunt single to the third-base side of the pitcher’s mound. He advanced to second base on McCullers’ wild pickoff throw to first base and went to third base on Medrano’s a groundout. Designated hitter Fidel Peña then chopped a ball on the artificial turf that second baseman Brian Blasik leaped to grab before throwing to first base for the second out – which was enough to bring in Ruiz for the Silver Hawks’ first lead.


South Bend right-hander Chris Capper pitched the eighth inning and allowed a one-out single by designated Miles Hamblin but got Roberto Peña to line out to Drury at third base for a double play. In the ninth inning, Blasik hit a leadoff single against right-hander R.J. Hively, who induced a ground ball double play from Joyce and a bunt groundout by Jordan Scott for his league-high seventh save.


The River Bandits continue their series in South Bend at 6:05 p.m. Thursday at Coveleski Stadium.

UP NEXT: Time is running out to reserve tickets for the Mother’s Day Brunch on the Sky Deck of Modern Woodmen Park. Reservations must be made in advance by Monday, May 6, for the brunch preceding the River Bandits game Sunday, May 12. 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 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.

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Written by Holly Larson   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:47

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce its second annual “Nick Teddy 5K.” The event starts at 9:00 AM on Sat., September 14, 2013, and offers a fun day for participants and their families.

This annual family event is held in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, a native of Port Byron, Ill., a 2000 graduate of Riverdale High School, and a 2004 Alumnus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Nick fought a courageous battle against the pediatric cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma, for more than 5-years, until he died at age 29.

Proceeds from the “Nick Teddy 5k” will benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (, which works to award sarcoma research grants to expert investigators around the world. Several area children currently are affected by this disease. Last year, the 2012 NT5k registered more than 450 runners and raised over $17,000 to be used exclusively for Ewing’s sarcoma research.

Photos and interviews are available for 5k preview stories. You can find us online at:, on Facebook ( and on Twitter (

We appreciate your consideration in covering Nick’s story and our mission to make a difference in Ewing’s sarcoma research.

Race Director/Contact: Holly Larson
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Kayaking Event Planned PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Granger   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:24
On Saturday, May 11th at 10:00 P.M. the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will be hosting a Kayaking Event at Allen’s Grove Park

11th ~ Mud Creek Kayak Exploration ~ 10:00 A.M. ~ Allen’s Grove Park ~ Join Wapsi River Center naturalist Mike Granger to explore Mud Creek a backwater of the Wapsipinicon River. Participants must be 12 years of age (accompanied by an adult) or older. Space is limited to 12 individuals. Allen’s Grove is located 4 miles north of Donahue, Iowa on County Road Y52. Float is dependent on water levels. Please call (563) 328-3286 to reserve your spot by May 9.

River Bandits Game Preview and Notes from 4-30-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:20
of three games each from the Lansing Lugnuts and Great Lakes Loons at Modern Woodmen Park, the River Bandits head to South Bend for the first of a pair of series at Eastern Division ballparks. The Silver Hawks, the Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks since the major league franchise debuted in 1998, took two of three games in Davenport last season by sweeping a doubleheader May 1. Quad Cities lost two of three games in South Bend in 2011 and two of three in Davenport in 2010. The River Bandits last won a series in South Bend July 9-11, 2008 - also the last year Quad Cities won the season series, taking two of three at each team’s ballpark.

BANDITS POUND LOONS TO TAKE SERIES: The River Bandits took the final two games of a three-game home series against the Great Lakes Loons to finish a 4-2 home stand. On Sunday, every Great Lakes Loons batter contributed at least one of the team’s 18 hits in a 10-6 victory despite the first triple play by the Quad Cities franchise since 2007. On Monday, River Bandits left-hander Brian Holmes set a career high and a season high for a River Bandit with 10 strikeouts in five innings, and right-hander Jordan Jankowski struck out four more in four shutout innings of a 6-1 home win. The 14 strikeouts set a Quad Cities single-game season high. In the Tuesday rubber match, the River Bandits scored a season-high 17 runs, and catcher Jobduan Morales hit the team’s first grand slam of the season as part of a team-high five RBIs in a 17-6 win.

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