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River Bandits Game Notes 4-28-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:56
LOONS BATTER BANDITS IN OPENER: Every Great Lakes Loons batter contributed at least one of the team’s 18 hits in a 10-6 victory Sunday afternoon. Quad Cities left-hander Colton Cain allowed six straight hits to start the fourth inning and allowed the first four Loons runs. After the River Bandits closed within 4-3, the Loons scored three times in the eighth and three in the ninth to extend the lead to 10-3. Quad Cities scored three times in the ninth to fall 10-6. Every starter on each team had a hit, with the exception of River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa, who reached on two hit-by-pitches and scored twice.

TRIPLE PLAY NOTES: The River Bandits turned their first triple play in six seasons in the second inning Sunday against Great Lakes. With no outs and runners at first and second base, Dashenko Ricardo hit a ground ball to third baseman Rio Ruiz, who stepped on third base, threw to second baseman Austin Elkins for a force out, and Elkins’ relay to first baseman Miles Hamblin completed the 14th triple play in franchise history and first since June 16, 2007, when Quad Cities also turned a 5-4-3 triple play on a ground ball by Beloit’s Danny Valencia, just 16 days after the Swing of the Quad Cities turned a triple play on a line drive against Clinton. The 14 triple plays are the most all-time in the Midwest League.

 
Team Runablaze Iowa - Hy-Vee Road Races and Dummel takes to the Mountains PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cal Murdock   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:31
Hy-Vee Road Races offers $120,000 prize money and Luke looks to the future.

Des Moines - April 29, 2013

Learn more about the team, visit the web site Runablaze.com that includes the resume of the team athletes and past running highlights.  1300 of the best Iowa runners, race directors, coaches, volunteers & fans receive this e-mail.
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Runablaze Iowa is sponsored by:

Iowa's best running specialty stores:
Fitness Sports - Des Moines
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Red Flannel, Loop the Lake, Market to Market, Hy Vee road races, Dam to Dam, Marathon to Marathon, Clive Running Festival, Sturgis Falls, Fifth Season, Midnight Madness, Park to Park, Capital Pursuit, IMT Des Moines Marathon and Living History Farms.
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And now for the "News" . . .
Phil Young was 2nd at the River Run 5K (Iowa City, Apr. 28) in 16:15.

Mason Frank was 9th at the Hy-Vee 6K in 19:27 (Des Moines, Apr. 28) in 19:27 (5:13 pace).  Ellen Ries was 21:56 (5:53) and Casey Owens 24:07 (6:29).  The 6K distance is rarely run (ever?) except for college women XC - so pace is included.  Randy Bill ran the Half-Marathon in 1:10:22.

Mason relates on his week at Drake.  I ran in the Grand Blue Mile - - I haven't done a speed workout for over three months now and have been pretty beat up from the Boston Marathon still.  I went out in a 2:11 and felt good but I guess the second half didn't go as well as I thought it did.  I ran in the Hyvee Road Races 6K - - I felt good through 3K then had a rough 4K and 5K but my 6th K was solid and finishing on the track was fun!
Fact checkers abound, the Blue Mile was warmer than the reported, "unseasonable 35 degree, cloudy and windy weather", apparently it was closer to a balmy 40.  The Relays weekend easily had the best weather of 2013, beautiful.
Hy-Vee Road Races gave out the largest checks in Iowa running history.  6K prize purse was $10,000 ($2,000 first), 10K had $30,000 ($5,000 first) and Half-Marathon had $70,000 open ($12,000 first) and $10,000 master ($2,000 first).  Wow, that's a lot of dough!
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Luke Demmel juggles, plans and takes to the hills . . .
As far as my future goals - I am finishing up my last semester at ISU (Iowa State University). I will graduate with a Major in Construction Engineering and a Minor in Spanish. I am currently deciding where I want to go after college. I’ve found it very difficult to make such a huge decision at this point in my life. 2013 will definitely be a new experience for me.
I plan to running the Green Bay Half-Marathon on May 19th.  I want to improve my half marathon time at Green Bay.  I’m currently taking some time off after my last marathon, but I’m anxious to start back up again. As far as the future goes, I want to improve my road racing times and reach some goals I have set for myself.
Trail and Mountain running have had a huge impact on me and I want to pursue the goals I have for myself regarding off-road racing. Trail and Road racing are completely different beasts, so the decision I make after graduation will definitely have an impact on what I decide to chase. Beyond the summer, I plan to find a marathon in the fall and have another go at breaking into the 2:20’s for the marathon. I have a lot of ideas and plans for my running future. But I know I have a ways to go before I can begin to talk about them.
Other top Runablaze Iowa athletes will be featured in this series in upcoming e-mails.

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About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running. Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

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River Bandits Game Notes 4-27-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:20

BANDITS HOST THE LOONS FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO SEASONS: In their second series against an Eastern Division opponent, the River Bandits host the Great Lakes Loons at Modern Woodmen Park for the first time since 2011, when Quad Cities, as the Class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals took two of three games June 10-12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers Calass-A affiliate. Great Lakes won two of three games as hosts of Quad Cities last season.

BANDITS TAKE TIGHT SERIES OVER LUGNUTS: The River Bandits won their first series against an Eastern Division team this season by winning the final two games against the Lansing Lugnuts.

In Thursday’s opener, left-hander Brian Holmes allowed a go-ahead home run to Chris Hawkins to break a 1-1, seventh-inning tie, and he and right-hander Michael Dimock allowed four runs in the eighth inning of a 6-2 loss.

On Friday, River Bandits right-hander Vincent Velasquez matched a career high with eight strikeouts in five shutout frames to extend his scoreless streak to 14 innings and win his third straight start in a 4-0 home victory over Lansing. Left-hander Joe Bircher followed Velasquez with four scoreless innings to complete the first Quad Cities shutout since a 2-0 win Aug. 23 against Kane County.

On Saturday, right-hander Lance McCullers allowed a single unearned run in five innings, right-hander Daniel Minor pitched three shutout innings with six strikeouts, as Quad Cities took a 3-2 finale. The River Bandits pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts to set a season high. Right-hander John Neely  allowed a run with a 3-1 lead and loaded the bases before getting the final out of a 3-2 victory and earning his third save.

 
River Bandits Game Notes 4-26-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:15

BANDITS TOSS FIRST SHUTOUT OF 2013: River Bandits right-hander Vincent Velasquez matched a career high with eight strikeouts in five shutout frames to extend his scoreless streak to 14 innings and win his third straight start in a 4-0 home victory over Lansing.

Left-hander Joe Bircher followed Velasquez with four scoreless innings to complete the first Quad Cities shutout since a 2-0 win Aug. 23 against Kane County.

Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez had two singles, two stolen bases, and two runs, and right fielder Terrell Joyce swatted his first Midwest League home run.

 
River Bandits Game Notes 4-23-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:22
RIVER BANDITS HOST LUGNUTS IN 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH: The River Bandits are welcoming the Lansing Lugnuts, the Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, back to Modern Woodmen Park for the first time since Quad Cities completed a sweep of the Lugnuts in the best-of-five 2011 Midwest League Championship Series. Current St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal pitched six innings to win the clinching game, which earned the Quad Cities franchise its fifth Midwest League title. In a three-game series at Lansing last season, the Lugnuts took two of three games.

EASTERN DIVISION MATCHUPS: Quad Cities is playing the first of eight three-game series against Eastern Division opponents. Four Eastern Division teams will host the River Bandtis, and the other four will visit Modern Woodmen Park. Last season the River Bandits, as the affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, lost two of three games to seven of eight Eastern Division teams, with the exception a two-out-of-three home series win over the Lake County Captains.

QUAD CITIES WINS SERIES OVER DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: With a powerful offensive attack Sunday and Monday nights, the River Bandits took the first two games of a series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who rallied to win the Tuesday matinee and avoid a three-game sweep at home. On Sunday, shortstop Carlos Correa blasted a solo home run as the second batter of the game and added a second homer in the eighth inning, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki added his second home run of the season in a 12-5 road rout. On Monday night, with the bases empty and two outs in the top of the 11th inning, the River Bandits drew three straight walks against right-hander Martin Viramontes, and left fielder Jordan Scott hit a bases-loaded RBI single to break a 2-2 tie. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez followed with a three-run triple to lift the visitors to a 7-2 victory. On Tuesday, Wisconsin scored five runs in the sixth inning and three in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win a 9-1 finale.

 
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