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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:30

Quad Cities overcomes four errors and 3-0 deficit to take series opener in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (July 23, 2014) – Trailing 3-0 through three innings Wednesday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits rallied for six unanswered runs, using consecutive two-run doubles by Ronnie Mitchell and Chase McDonald in a four-run eighth inning for a 6-3 win over the Dayton Dragons in front of 8,216 at Fifth Third Field.

Despite a game that saw intermittent rain showers and the visitors commit four errors in their first visit to Dayton as an Astros affiliate, Quad Cities (16-15 second half, 51-49 overall) achieved a four-game winning streak for the first time in the second half. Dayton (14-17, 50-49) lost its third straight despite playing in front of its North American professional sports record 1,031st consecutive home sellout.

One streak did end to help the Dragons take their lead in the second inning against right-hander Kevin Comer. River Bandits center fielder James Ramsay had not committed an error in his first 154 professional games, but a second-inning single by Dragons designated hitter Avain Rachal took a short hop through Ramsay's legs, allowing left fielder Phillip Ervin to score the game's first run from first base and Rachal to reach second base. It was the first error in 87 games and 159 fielding chances for Ramsay this season and the first in 293 chances in his career. Rachal later stole third base and scored when catcher Brian Holberton overthrew third base.

The Dragons' lead grew in the third inning, when second baseman Jamodrick McGruder drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and went to third base on Holberton's throw into center field, and scored on the first of Comer's two wild pitches. Comer recovered to scatter three hits without allowing a run in the rest of his five-inning start. Comer was charged with three runs – two earned – on six hits and one walk with a career-high eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fifth inning.

Dragons right-hander Sal Romano struck out all three batters in the first inning and kept Quad Cities to one hit through the first three innings. In the fourth inning, right fielder Brett Phillips lined a leadoff double over third baseman Ronald Bueno and went to third base on McDonald's two-out infield single. Holberton drew a walk to load the bases. Second baseman Marc Wik then grounded a ball to McGruder, whose throw pulled first baseman Robert Ramirez off the base, continuing the inning and allowing Phillips to score. Left fielder Jose Fernandez then hit an RBI single to left field. Romano escaped the inning and kept the 3-2 lead through five innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Left-hander Albert Minnis (2-1) followed Comer with three shutout innings, working around two eighth-inning hits. It gave Quad Cities a chance to take the lead against left-hander Joel Bender (4-2). After facing the minimum through his first two innings after Romano, Bender hit Ramsay with a pitch to lead off the eighth inning. Philllips put down a bunt single, and third baseman J.D. Davis singled to left-center field. With the bases loaded Mitchell doubled off the right-field wall, scoring two runs for a 4-3 lead. With runners at second and third bases, McDonald doubled off the center-field wall but was thrown out at third base.

The 6-3 lead was enough for right-hander Tyler Brunnemann to earn his third save with a perfect ninth inning. The win was the first for the River Bandits this season in 11 games in which they have committed at least three errors.

Quad Cities continues its series in Dayton at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday. River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (5-5) is scheduled to face Dragons right-hander Dan Langfield (2-1).

Volunteers Needed for NAFA World Series Fastpitch Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:38
The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) annually hosts the largest men's fastpitch softball tournament in the world.

We are still in need of volunteers for the upcoming tournaments:

  • August 7-10 - Majors World Series
  • August 14-17 - Division A and Under 19 and Under 23
  • September 5-7 - Masters
Click HERE button to sign-up to volunteer.

Volunteer slots are located at either Green Valley Park in Moline or Campbell Park in Rock Island.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • FREE Volunteer T-Shirt
  • FREE Tournament Entry
  • Involvement in a fastpitch tournament with elite players from around the world

If you have questions, please contact Ryan Merritt at (309) 736-6825.


Thank you in advance for your help!

Tickets Still Available for Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand and Track Events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:28

DES MOINES, IA (07/23/2014)(readMedia)-- There are just a few weeks left to purchase tickets for Grandstand concerts and track events during the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Tickets are selling fast for this year's "Amazingly Amusing" line-up, setAugust 7-17.

Great seats are still available for Christian artists the Newsboys and special guest Matthew West on August 7, Happy Together Tour 2014 on August 8, A Conversation with Willie, Kori & Si Robertson, the stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty, on August 10, country artists Jake Owen, Eli Young Band and special guest The Cadillac Three on August 14 and hard rockers Chevelle, Halestorm and special guest Saville Row on August 15.

New this year to the Grandstand is winged sprint car races. Flying into the Fairgrounds on August 10, the races will begin at 11 a.m. with hot laps at 10:30 a.m. Improvements to the track were completed in time for this year's racing season, including over 150 truck-loads of track resurfacing and improvements to the corner guardrails to allow faster and safer racing. The track will also host the Deery Brothers Summer Series on August 11 and the Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull on August 13.

Tickets for all Grandstand events are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online, by phone at 800/745-3000 and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. All concert seats are reserved. All track events are general admission. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office, located on the front porch of the Administration Building, will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday through August 6 for walk-up orders only. During the Fair, August 7 through 17, the Ticket Office is open only for will-call pick-ups. Any remaining tickets go on sale at the Grandstand ticket windows, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the day of the show.

"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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Iowa State Fair Sew-In Celebrates Sixth Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:29

DES MOINES, IA (07/22/2014)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to join the Fabric and Threads department with the sixth annual State Fair Sew-In plus daily Make It and Take It classes and special programming from master quilter Patrick Lose. "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Fair set August 7-17.

The State Fair Sew-In offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. Each day, the Sew-In will be open from Noon to 5 p.m. in the South Hallway of the Varied Industries Building. Every participant will receive a commemorative pin for donating their time. No experience or pre-registration necessary. Volunteer sewing assistants and on-site supervisors will be available to help.

The Fair is also accepting donations of five-inch wide strips (cut with the fabric) and two-yard cuts of fabric in all-cotton, juvenile prints for quilt fronts and backings. To donate or volunteer, contact Sharon Meisenheimer at 515/986-1145or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition, master quilter, and Iowa native, Patrick Lose is back at the Iowa State Fair for a second year. Lose will again be joining the talented Make It and Take It session leaders and teaching about his most popular quilting techniques. His classes will be held August 7-16 and will last approximately two hours. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. All Patrick Lose classes require a $25 materials fee.

Several other Make It and Take It classes will be offered throughout the Fair including hand quilting, cupcake pincushions and beginning sewing. These classes will last one to two hours and require a $10 materials fee. Pre-registration is also recommended.

For a complete list of the Make It and Take It projects and times, view the daily program online at

"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   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:19

River Bandits lose 2-0 lead but recover for three-game sweep of Captains

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 21, 2014) – Quad Cities first baseman Chase McDonald hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the 10th inning off Lake County right-hander Alexis Paredes to give the River Bandits a 5-2 victory and their first-ever series sweep of the Captains in front of 3,186 at Modern Woodmen Park Monday afternoon.

Quad Cities (15-15 second half, 50-49 overall) achieved its first three-game winning streak since July 3 to complete its first sweep of an opponent in a season series since sweeping West Michigan in three games May 31-June 2, 2011. Neither Quad Cities nor Lake County (15-15, 42-58) had swept one another in the first four years of their annual three-game interdivision series.

A third straight River Bandits starter did not allow an earned run. Right-hander Adrian Houser worked around a pair of one-out walks in the first inning, in part thanks to a diving catch by center fielder James Ramsay on a line drive by Captains first baseman Nellie Rodriguez.

Quad Cities scored first for a third straight game in the second inning, when right-hander Caleb Hamrick walked designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell. After Mitchell stole second base, left fielder Jose Fernandez drove an RBI triple to right-center field scoring Mitchell for a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Marc Wik lined the next pitch to right-center field to score Fernandez for a 2-0 lead. Houser allowed a Lake County run in the third inning. Second baseman Claudio Bautista singled to left field, and right fielder Mike Papi hit a two-out fly ball toward left field, which Fernandez dropped for an error that allowed Bautista to score, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Houser worked around a double in the fourth inning, a single in the fifth inning, and a walk and hit batter in the sixth inning. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts in his fourth six-inning start of the season. Right-hander Frederick Tiburcio relieved him for the seventh inning and allowed a leadoff walk before stranding the tying run at third base to end the inning.

For the Captains, Hamrick allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings. Right-hander Jimmy Stokes struck out five batters in two scoreless innings, and right-hander Trevor Frank struck out one in two hitless innings.

River Bandits right-hander Andrew Walter (4-2) worked a perfect eighth inning. In the ninth, he allowed a leadoff single by left fielder Dorssys Paulino, who went to second base on a passed ball and to third base on third baseman Paul Hendrix's single. Walter struck out designated hitter Brian Ruiz before shortstop Ivan Castillo hit a slow ground ball that scored Paulino when shortstop Thomas Lindauer threw out Castillo at first base. Walter struck out Bautista with the go-ahead run at second base to keep the 2-2 tie. In the 10th inning, Walter allowed a one-out walk and two-out single but struck out two batters to match a career high with five strikeouts in three innings.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Paredes entered to allow a single by third baseman J.D. Davis, who had his second straight two-hit game. Mitchell hit a fly ball that Paulino overran in left field for an error putting runners at second and third bases. McDonald then hit an 0-1 pitch for a towering fly ball to left field that dropped over the fence for his first career walk-off home run and ninth of the season.

Quad Cities begins a six-game road trip to Eastern Division ballparks at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer (1-2) is scheduled to start the three-game series opener in the team's first visit to Fifth Third Field as an Astros affiliate.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits are in the running for the 2014 Quad-City Times Readers' Choice Awards in the categories of “Best Entertainment Venue,” “Best Family Entertainment,” “Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party,” and “Best Place to Take Out of Town Guest”. Game 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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